Conferences of John Cassian offer the modern
Christian a glimpse into the lives of second and third century
monastics. It documents the thoughts of Christians who took Jesus'
instructions to take up our own cross, leave our family, and renounce
our possessions literally. The Conferences of John Cassian is an
early archetype of the monastic way of life where the theology of
denying self is implemented in daily living. Cassian's work was highly
respected by his contemporaries, as well as those who went on to have
enormous influence on the monastic movement. St. Benedict referenced
Cassian's work while writing The Rule of St. Benedict, which went
on to be the rule of life for countless Benedictine monks.