Category Archives: St. Thalassios the Libyan

St. Thalassios the Libyan: It is not difficult to get rid of material things . . .

“It is not difficult to get rid of material things if you so desire; but only with great effort will you be able to get rid of thoughts about them…”

+ St. Thalassios the Libyan, “On Love, Self-Control and Life in Accordance with the Intellect,” 3.23, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)

St. Thalassios the Libyan: The first renunciation is that of material things . . .

Icon of St. Thalassios the Libyan“The first renunciation is that of material things, the second that of the passions, the third that of ignorance.”

+ St. Thalassios the Libyan, “On Love, Self-Control and Life in Accordance with the Intellect,” 3.23, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)

St. Thalassios the Libyan: The person advancing in the spiritual life studies three things . . .

Icon of St. Thalassios the Libyan“The person advancing in the spiritual life studies three things: the commandments, doctrine, and faith in the Holy Trinity.”

+ St. Thalassios the Libyan, “On Love, Self-Control and Life in Accordance with the Intellect,” 3.28, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)

St. Thalassios the Libyan: If you are not willing to repent through freely choosing to suffer . . .

Icon of St. Thalassios the Libyan“If you are not willing to repent through freely choosing to suffer, unsought sufferings will providentially be imposed on you.”

“On Love, Self-Control and Life in Accordance with the Intellect,” 2.75, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)

St. Thalassios the Libyan: If you wish to be in control of your soul and body . . .

Icon of St. Thalassios the Libyan“If you wish to be in control of your soul and body, forestall the passions by rooting out their causes.”

“On Love, Self-Control and Life in Accordance with the Intellect,” 1.64, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)

St. Thalassios the Libyan: Search the Scriptures . . .

Gospel“Search the Scriptures and you will find the commandments; do what they say and you will be freed from your passions.”

+ St. Thalassios the Libyan, “On Love, Self-Control and Life in Accordance with the Intellect,” 4.54, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)

St. Thalassios: Concern for one’s soul . . .

Martyrdom“Concern for one’s soul means hardship and humility, for through these God forgives us all our sins.”

+ St. Thalassios the Libyan, “On Love, Self-Control and Life in Accordance with the Intellect,” 2.69, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)