St. Paul The Apostle Monastery

Coptic Orthodox Monastery in the Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, and Hawaii

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St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Monastery

The St. Paul Monastery is a communal life modeled after the life of St. Paul the Apostle in which clergy and laymen profess four vows poverty, chastity, obedience and service

The St. Paul Abbey is a communal life modeled after the life of St. Paul the Apostle in which clergy and laymen profess four vows poverty, chastity, obedience and service

From the Desert Fathers

Reading the Scriptures is a great safeguard against sin.

Abba Epiphanius

The body prospers in the measure in which the soul is weakened, and the soul prospers in the measure in which the body is weakened.

Abba Daniel

A man may seem to be silent, but if his heart is condemning others, he is babbling ceaselessly. But there may be another who talks from morning till night and yet he is truly silent, that is, he says nothing that is not profitable.

Abba Pimen

Abba Macarius was asked, ‘How should one pray?’ The old man said ‘There is no need at all to make long discourses; it is enough to stretch out one’s hands and say, “Lord, as you will, and as you know, have mercy.” And if the conflict grows fiercer say, “Lord, help!” He knows very well what we need and he shows us his mercy.’

Abba Macarius

It is better to eat meat and drink wine than to eat the flesh of one’s brethren through slander.

Abba Hyperechius

The crown of the monk is humility.

Abba Or

While still living in the palace, Abba Arsenius prayed to God in these words, “Lord, lead me in the way of salvation.” And a voice came saying to him, “Arsenius, flee from men and you will be saved.”

Abba Arsenius

Whoever hammers a lump of iron, first decides what he is going to make of it, a scythe, a sword, or an axe. Even so we ought to make up our minds what kind of virtue we want to forge or we labor in vain.

Abba Antony the Great

Hate the world and all that is in it. Hate all peace that comes from the flesh. Renounce this life, so that you may be alive to God.

Abba Antony the Great

Just as fish die if they stay too long out of water, so the monks who loiter outside their cells or pass their time with men of the world lose the intensity of inner peace. So like a fish going towards the sea, we must hurry to reach our cell, for fear that if we delay outside, we will lose our interior watchfulness.

Abba Antony the Great