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
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’.