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Monasticism, the All-embracing Gift of the Holy Spirit

An Approach to the Monastic Legacy of Saint Sophrony

Monasticism has the specific character of the supra-cosmic ‘otherness’ of the ethos of Christ. This ‘other-worldliness’ of monastic life is the manifestation of the inverted perspective of the Gospel. Its divine otherness proves the Gospel to be of divine origin which is precisely what convinces the heart of its authenticity.

Μοναχισμός, τὸ περιεκτικὸ χάρισμα τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος

Προσέγγιση στὴν παρακαταθήκη τοῦ Ἁγίου Σωφρονίου

Ὁ μοναχισμὸς ἔχει τὸν ἰδιαίτερο χαρακτήρα τῆς ὑπερκόσμιας ἑτερότητας τοῦ ἤθους τοῦ Χριστοῦ. Ὁ «ἐξωκοσμικὸς» χαρακτήρας τῆς μοναχικῆς βιοτῆς ἀποτελεῖ ἔκφραση τῆς ἀνεστραμμένης προοπτικῆς τοῦ Εὐαγγελίου καὶ ἐπιβεβαιώνει τὴ θεϊκὴ προέλευσή του.

Hearken, my Beloved Brethren

(James 2:55)

Part of the legacy of Achimandrite Sophrony Sakharov’s to his community is a series of talks he gave during the last decade of his life. These talks were destined primarily for those new to monastic life. The present book is a larger collection of extracts from talks given in either Russian or French. The choice of texts to translate was made with the criterion that they are applicable outside the monastery itself, and furthermore that they are applicable for lay people living ‘in the world’.

Ὀμιλίες Τριώδιο - Πεντηκοστάριο

Στὰ πρόθυρα τῆς Ἁγίας Τεσσαρακοστῆς

Ψιχία ἀπὸ τὴν τράπεζα τοῦ Ἁγίου Σωφρονίου

Γιὰ νὰ προσεγγίσουμε τὸν Κύριο πρέπει νὰ βαδίσουμε τὴν ὁδὸ ποὺ Ἐκεῖνος πορεύθηκε, τὴν ὁδὸ τῆς καταβάσεως καὶ τοῦ θανάτου. Ἡ Μεγάλη Τεσσαρακοστὴ εἶναι μιὰ γεύση θανάτου στὸ Ὄνομα τοῦ Θεοῦ, γιὰ χάρη τῆς συμφιλιώσεώς μας μὲ Αὐτόν, γιὰ χάρη τῆς ἐντολῆς Του. Ἡ μικρὴ νέκρωση ποὺ ὑφίσταται τὸ θηρίο τοῦ «ἐγώ μας» μᾶς τοποθετεῖ στὴν ὁδὸ Ἐκείνου ποὺ εἶπε: «Ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ πρῶτος καὶ ὁ ἔσχατος καὶ ὁ ζῶν, καὶ ἐγενόμην νεκρός, καὶ ἰδοὺ ζῶν εἰμι εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων».

Ὡς ἐκ νεκρῶν ζῶντες

Ὀμιλήματα Τεσσαρακοστῆς

Ἡ περίοδος τῆς Μεγάλης Τεσσαρακοστῆς εἶναι ἄνωθεν δωρεὰ στοὺς πιστούς, γιὰ νὰ τοὺς ἐνισχύσει «στὴν ἐπίπονη κατάδυση στὸν ὠκεανὸ τῆς καρδιᾶς τους». Σκοπὸς τῆς ἀσκητικῆς κακοπάθειας εἶναι νὰ γευθεῖ τὸ σῶμα καὶ ὁ ψυχισμὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου μιὰ ἑκούσια νέκρωση γιὰ ὁτιδήποτε χαμερπές, ὥστε ὁ νοῦς νὰ εὕρει τὸν τόπο τῆς καρδιᾶς καὶ τὸ πνεῦμα του νὰ λάβει ἀμετάκλητη φορὰ πρὸς τὰ ἄνω. Ἐπιστρέφοντας στὸν εὐλογημένο τόπο τῆς βαθειᾶς καρδιᾶς, ὁ ἄνθρωπος προσομιλεῖ πλέον στὸν Θεὸ ἀπὸ τὰ ἔγκατα τοῦ εἶναι του, καὶ τότε μόνο ὁ Κύριος ἐνωτίζεται καὶ ἐξέρχεται πρὸς συνάντησή του. Αὐτὴ ἡ συνάντηση ἀποτελεῖ τὸ προσωπικὸ Πάσχα τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, τὸ Πάσχα τὸ αἰώνιο.

Δίψα αἰώνιας ζωῆς

Ψιχία ἀπὸ τὴν τράπεζα τοῦ Ἁγίου Σωφρονίου

Κάθε Χριστιανὸς ἔχει ἐν δυνάμει τὴ δυνατότητα νὰ ἐπαναλάβει τὴν Πεντηκοστὴ στὴ ζωή του, ὅπως ὅλοι οἱ ἀνὰ τοὺς αἰῶνες Ἅγιοι. Ὡστόσο, προϋπόθεση γι’ αὐτὸ εἶναι ἡ δίψα τοῦ πιστοῦ γιὰ τὸ «ὕδωρ τὸ ζῶν» ποὺ προσφέρει ὁ Κύριος, καὶ ἡ εἴσοδος «εἰς τὸ ταμιεῖον αὐτοῦ», στὸ ὑπερῶο τῆς καρδιᾶς του, ὅπου μὲ ἐπιμονὴ καὶ ὑπομονὴ θὰ προσκαρτερήσει μὲ τὴν ἐπίκληση τοῦ Ὀνόματος τοῦ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ καὶ τὴν ἀναμονὴ τῆς ἐπισκέψεώς Του.

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