The Mystery of Christian Life
The Bedewing Furnace
of the Heart
The work of holy stillness is dynamic and so enthralling that when the mind is enthroned in the heart, it is captivated and longs for nothing to tear it away. It descends into the deep recesses of the heart and rises to the inﬁnite heights of the divine Will. Puriﬁed in its furnace, the mind becomes ﬁt for the contemplation of the judgments of God. Like the apostles after Pentecost, man now lives as if he were ‘full of sweet new wine’, given over to the sober drunkenness of divine love.
At the Doors of Holy Lent
During the period before the Triodion and the Sundays which marks its beginning, the Church sets forth before our eyes various lessons through the Gospel readings: the grateful Leper, the Blind Man of Jericho, Zacchaeus, the good and faithful Servant of the ‘talents’, the Canaanite woman, the Publican, the Prodical Son and the Righteous on Judgement Day. Through some word, or deed, or attitude, these people all attracted God’s gaze upon them. They became the target of His visitation and traversed centuries in an instant. These suffering souls, who had withered away either because of sin or because of not knowing the true God, came into the presence of the Lord and ‘a spiritual sun, the name of which is persona’, began to rise in them.
Thirst for Life Eternal
Sayings on the Sundays of the Pentecostarion
The All-embracing Gift
of the Holy Spirit
The paradoxical phenomenon of monasticism is not easily understood, not even by all monks. A true monk puts himself below every creature, verifying Christ’s words: ‘If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all,’ and ‘He that serves is greater than he that sits at meat.’ Who of the children of this age would be so foolish as to desire to put himself lower than all and become ‘a nothing’? But the children of light, who have tasted of immortal life and are led by the Holy Spirit, gladly accept to follow Christ in His descent, which is more wondrous even than His ascent above the heavens. Only those who have tried out this ‘foolishness of Christ, the power of God, and the wisdom of God’ and were confirmed therein through grace, can muster enough courage to pursue this supernatural exploit.
Ὑποστατικὴ προσευχὴ μέτρον τελειώσεως
Ὁ πιστὸς μὲ τὴν ὑπακοή του στὶς θεῖες ἐντολὲς γίνεται «δέσμιος Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ»· ἐξαρτᾶται ἀπὸ τὸν Θεὸ καὶ σταδιακὰ καθίσταται τέκνο Θεοῦ, ἀπελευθερωμένο ἀπὸ τὸν νόμο τῆς ἁμαρτίας καὶ φορέας τοῦ Πνεύματος τοῦ Ἁγίου. Μὲ τὴν πτώση ὁ Ἀδὰμ ἀπώλεσε τὴ μακαριότητα τῆς ἀδιάκοπης παραμονῆς στὴν παρουσία τοῦ Θεοῦ. Μὲ τὴν προσευχὴ οἱ ἀπόγονοι τοῦ Ἀδὰμ γεύονται ἐκ νέου τὴν εὐδαιμονία τῆς θείας παρουσίας καὶ τῆς διαλογῆς μὲ τὸν Κύριο, ποὺ γεννᾶ ἐντὸς τους τὸν πόθο νὰ ἀδολεσχήσουν σὲ αὐτὴν.
Ce livre présente les fresques qui se trouvent dans un petit réfectoire de la Communauté de Saint Jean Baptiste en Essex, R.U. Elles illustrent la vie de Saint Silouane l’Athonite, père spirituel de Saint Sophrony de l’Athos, fondateur de la communauté. Après la mort de son père spirituel, Saint Sophrony écrivit un livre, Saint Silouane l’Athonite, retraçant la vie du saint et incluant ses écrits. Les fresques, qui suivent le sens des aiguilles d’une montre, se conforment à l’ordre du livre et présentent les moments significatifs de la vie du Saint. Les inscriptions sur les fresques, avec quelques compléments explicatifs, reproduisent le texte de ce livre.
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Thank you for continuing to release Fr. Zacharias’s writings. They are incredibly encouraging personally and very helpful for pastoring. As a mission-planting priest, these books have enabled me to connect the hard work we are doing here with God’s desire for our salvation. I hope Fr. Zacharias is able to continue publishing for a long time.