Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

between the fourth and seventh centuries the desert of Palestine became home to a large number of monks and monasteries from these several great elders emerged including two in the sixth century Saint barsen epheus nicknamed the great old man and Saint John the Prophet nicknamed the other old man these two elders kept an ongoing correspondence with the young monks of Palestine in order to provide spiritual counsel and guidance of these letters over 70 contained questions for one of their most well known disciples Dorothea of Gaza written during his time as a novice and then a young monk through letters Dorothy Rose asked how to cut off one’s own will fight against the passions and avoid attachment to material possessions he gained great spiritual wisdom by way of their response and also through conversations with numerous other holy elders that he met including Abbas Osama’s while travelling the Palestinian desert this wisdom along with the experience gained thereafter bore much spiritual fruit years later in the sayings and writings of Goethe fails we know little of Votto theosis early life he seems to have been well educated in affluent perhaps coming from Antioch in the late fifth century for reasons unknown Dada fails gave away his possessions and journeyed to the Palestinian desert to live the monastic life in his early years he displayed a great zeal for reading and the acquisition of knowledge later upon entering the monastery of Abbas Cerritos in Gaza he reasoned that if he displayed the same zeal for following Christ’s Commandments as he did with reading he would make great progress Varro thoses obedience in the monastery included greeting visitors being a cell attendant for Saint John the Prophet and later head of the infirmary through these labors he endured many trials including mistreatment by some of the other brethren yet he patiently and humbly endured it all without complaint or vengeance through the Council of the great elders and later from an experience gained through a life of prayer watchfulness and strict ascesis voto Theo’s became an expert on how to live the inner life the knowledge of which he shared in homilies and sayings with the younger monks he later gathered these teachings in a book called discourses while discourses is primarily for monastics it can also be of great spiritual benefit for those of us living in the world dorotheya writes with clarity and simplicity and yet conveys a great depth of spiritual wisdom gained through counsel and experience he wrote about the importance of humility of love for God and neighbor the cutting off of one’s own will and many other topics about the spiritual life that apply to us all here are but a few examples from his writing an Abba once said about what brings a man to humility the way to humility our bodily labors done intelligently considering oneself below all others and ceaseless prayer to God virtue or vice formed in the soul by repeated actions when we carry out what is good we generate for ourselves a habit of virtue that is we take up a state proper to our nature we return to a state of health vice is foreign to us something unnatural a man with a single passion set into a habit is destined to punishment we must go on fighting and praying to God night and day lest we fall into temptation as we have said if someone at the beginning of agitation stops it blames himself when it is smoking and sparking and repents before it reaches excitement and rage he will be peaceful if he does not become quiet after the anger but remains troubled and audacious he is as we have said like the person who adds wood to the fire and it gets progressively hotter until there is a great blaze those who want to be saved pay no attention to the failings of their neighbors but always look for their own and so make progress such was the man who seeing that his brother had sinned side and said woe unto me as he has sinned today so shall I sin tomorrow this one will repent his sin while I shall not have repented as I ought much more spiritual wisdom can be found in abidor aphasias discourses and his other works in all they gave us evidence that he indeed practiced the commandments with the same zeal he reasoned was necessary when he first entered the monastery of Dorothea’s life later we only know that after his elders passed he moved further into the desert to live the life of a hermit however as often happens seekers of wisdom eventually found him he started a new monastery in Gaza of which we know nothing else and sometime thereafter he reposed

12 Replies to “Saint Dorotheos of Gaza”

  1. I was hungry for a video about Saint Dorotheos this morning. This afternoon you posted this video. Thank you, and God bless you!

  2. St. Dorotheos teachings with his analogies are very thought inspiring and are much needed in our time. You can listen to St. Dorotheos quotes on our channel along with other quotes, teachings and sayings of other Saints.

  3. Saint Dorotheos ✝️ Thank you brother ! Our disciple. Who ever carries his name You are all Gifts from God. Please give back to God. 🙏 we need you to become disciples. We are the light of the world. Be loving to your enemies and pray and teach them. Reverse the curse of the Devil world wide. Godbless you all in the name of the Father, son and Holyspirit Amen.

  4. Thank you for this video. Thank you St. Dorotheos for giving us practical applications in every day life for overcoming the passions. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner. Thanks be to God Almighty.

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