St. Dorotheus

Earlier this week there appeared in the Office of Readings portion of the Liturgy of the Hours an excerpt from the teachings of St. Dorotheus, abbot. Every year when these show up in the Readings, I am struck by how relevant and similar they are to things you read in recovery texts. The link in …

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The dam breaks!

You’re sitting around or going along minding your own business. Then all of a sudden someone says something to you or some thing doesn’t cooperate and BLAMMO off you go on a tirade. (This never happens to me. LOL LOL LOL) From St. Dorotheus: “The man who thinks that he is quiet and peaceful has …

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"But, I'm innocent!"

St. Dorotheus understands that a common objection to his teachings on these subjects is that what if you do an examination of conscience and you find yourself innocent of anything and yet someone still had hurt you? What then? The Saint would say as he did in the latter 4 paragraphs in the link at …

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Humility as the root of peace

From the teachings of St. Dorotheus, abbot: “The man who finds fault with himself accepts all things cheerfully – misfortune, loss, disgrace, dishonor and any other kind of adversity. He believes that he is deserving of all these things and nothing can disturb him. No one could be more at peace than this man. “ …

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Virtue without examination is wasted

St. Dorotheus reiterates the importance of an examination of conscience (what he call “self-accusation”). It does not matter how many virtues a man may have, even if they are beyond number and limit. If he has turned from the path of self-accusation, he will never find peace. He will always be troubled himself, or else …

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The source of all annoyance and distress

Continuing on in this series, St. Dorotheus goes on to say that the only path to peace (an internal peace) is for us to be what we would call nowadays reflective. We must be always aware of our defects and seek to remedy them. And we must look internally, be aware of what is wrong …

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From the teachings of St. Dorotheus, abbot

This is a repost from last year: Earlier this week there appeared in the Office of Readings portion of the Liturgy of the Hours an excerpt from the teachings of St. Dorotheus, abbot. (Via Idaho Lay Dominicans.) Every year when I read this I am struck by how useful and relevant to alcoholics and addicts …

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The roots of disturbance

Earlier this week there appeared in the Office of Readings portion of the Liturgy of the Hours an excerpt from the teachings of St. Dorotheus, abbot. (Via Idaho Lay Dominicans.) Every year when I read this I am struck by how useful and relevant to alcoholics and addicts this saints writing are. Disturbance over something …

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