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Saint Silouan the Athonite

Archimandrite Sophrony
Translated from the Russian by Rosemary Edmonds

“Blessed Staretz Schema-monk Silouan practised asceticism for forty-six years in the Russian Monastery of St. Panteleimon on Mt. Athos. The presnt writer spent some fourteen years in this same Monastery. During the Staretz' last years—from about 1931 until the day of his death (11/24 September 1938) it happened that I was the one closest to him. And now I have been urged to pen his life-story—not an easy mission for one with neither the gift nor the experience of writing. Nevertheless, I have agreed, profoundly and sincerely convinced as I am that it is my duty to make known to the world this truly great man. By its content the present book is destined for a very narrow circle of people whose interest is concentrated on Christian asceticism, and so my main concern is not to produce literature but to write the most explicit spiritual portrait of the Staretz as possible.”


   I. Childhood and Early Years
   II. Arrival on Mt. Athos
   III. Monastic Strivings
   IV. Portrait of the Staretz
   V. The Staretz’ Doctrinal Teaching
   VI. Pure Prayer and Mental Stillness
   VII. The Imagination and the Ascetic Struggle against its Various Aspects
   VIII. Uncreated Divine Light and Ways of Contemplation
   IX. Grace and Consequest Dogmatic Consciousness
   X. Spiritual Trials
   XI. ‘Keep thy mind in hell, and despair not’
   XII. The Divine Word and the Bounds of Created Nature
   XIII. On the Purport of Prayer for the World
   XIV. The Staretz’ Demise
   XV. Testimonies
   I. Yearning for God
   II. On Prayer
   III. On Humility
   IV. On Peace
   V. On Grace
   VI. On The Will of God and on Freedom
   VII. On Repentance
   VIII. On the Knowledge of God
   IX. On Love
   X. We are the Children of God and in the Likeness of the Lord
   XI. On the Mother of God
   XII. On the Saints
   XIII. Concerning Shepherds of Souls
   XIV. Concerning Monks
   XV. Concerning Obedience
   XVI. Concerning Spiritual Warfare
   XVII. Concerning Intrusive Thoughts and Delusions
   XVIII. Adam’s Lament
   XIX. Reminiscences and Conversations
   XX. Thoughts, Advice and Observations on Asceticism

Item Number: BKV560
Publication Data: Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1991
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: viii + 504
Dimensions (l × w × h): 21.6 cm × 14.0 cm × 3.7 cm
Additional Information: black-and-white illustrations
ISBN: 0‒88141‒195‒7

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