Upon discovering in Jerusalem the manuscript of these Spiritual Instructions of Abba Isaiah the Solitary (4th century), St. Theophan the Recluse- a great Russian spiritual father of the last century- hastened to translate them for his spiritual children.
The collected Sayings of the Desert Mothers are presented here for the first time in English, as well as the personal instructions given by Abba Isaiah to Theodora- a young nun ready to enclose herself in a cell for the rest of her life.
As a zealous trainer, St. Isaiah teaches her the art of the highest rank of spiritual warfare in the Church, that of a solitary, and empowers her with armor for relentless battle against the passions.
These teachings leave an indelible mark upon the soul of the reader and inspire great appreciation for the spiritual beauty of the ascetics of the Desert.
Author: St Paisios Monastery