Childhood years. Youth. Paris. Mount Athos. Wrestling with God. First meeting with St Silouan. The question of creativity. Being is Person. The revelation given to Moses. Christ – God Incarnate. His new book and its fundamental idea.
LETTERS TO MARIA
Impressions of his first meeting with his family since their separation. On the ‘straitness’ of life on earth.
On writing books. On prayers he composed. The privileges of desert life. On the true meaning of freedom. On the book ‘Staretz Silouan’ and its translation into English. On repentance.
On searching for the will of God. Prayer is never without result. On the book ‘Staretz Silouan’ and his responsibility for it. On the unity of vision in the writing of the Holy Fathers.
On prayer and its forms in the contemporary world. On liturgical prayer. How to pray.
The Holy Synod of 1905 on liturgical reform. On liturgical prayers and the service of the Liturgy.
On living on two different levels. On loving other people.
On the founding of the monastery. On suffering for others. The image and likeness of God and caricatures of these. Reviews of the translation of ‘Staretz Silouan’.
On the founding of the Monastery of St John the Baptist. Articles about the monastery.
On the contemporary world. On the arrangement of the church and on the services.
On his icon-painting. On the Fall of man and the tragedy of the world.
On his everyday life.
On the tragedy of the world, and on his own privileged life.
On the present age.
On the Resurrection. On St Symeon the New Theologian and Staretz Silouan. Christ inevitably suffers in this world.
From notes made during a visit to the Holy Land.
His journey to the Holy Land. The contrast between the greatness of man and how man appears in historical reality. Discerning between ‘permissible relaxation’ and abstinence for people living in the world. On salvation.
On Holy Unction.
On the mystery of human interrelatedness.
On the drifting away of contemporary people from the awareness of their eternal dignity. On being children of God.
On a misunderstanding and subsequent reconciliation. On pastoral responsibilities. On preparing for death.
On the restoration of the church. The Paschal services.
Christ vindicates God before the world, and before God, He vindicates the world. On the world’s apostasy. For peace in the world, the most necessary thing of all is that man be reborn in spirit.
The moment of death is a great event in our life.
On the death of his sister and his prayer for her.
On death. The restoration of the old village church. On Western Church art and the idea of an Orthodox place of worship.
From prayer for one’s family to prayer for all mankind. On the darkness of ignorance in which humanity is living. On the revelation of eternity in the soul.
On despondency, melancholy and despair. On the universality of Christ-like human persons. On the meaning of sin. On the future life.
On self-giving. On victory over the world.
On intuition, dreams, and common sense. On true judgment. On prayer for the sick.
On intuition. On holiness.
On scientific ignorance.
His imminent journey to Spain. On the necessity for Christians to be open to anything. On unity. On contemporary humanity. On genuine victory.
On his journey to Spain.
On man’s inter-relations and on human blindness.
On the Lord’s prayer. On forgiveness. On the consequences of not believing in Christ’s resurrection.
On his illness. On the meaning of our coming into the world. On the principle of the person and the assimilation of divine life.
On icons and contemporary culture. On the spiritual recovery of contemporary society. Without humility, there is no love.
On man’s free choice whether or not to accept the gift of life.
On Christ’s commandment about ‘these little ones’. On the contemporary world.
Divine Love is crucified in this world. On whether existence is imposed on us. On suicide. On the meaning of being. On icons of Christ and icon-painters.
On the death of their sister Shura in a state of despair.
On the essence of despair. On prayer for his departed sister. On the Antichrist.
On absolute judgment. The best way to die. On prayer for his sister.
On contemporary humanity and on human relations. On the love of Christ.
Old age as the most important stage in our life.
On contemporary church life. On his article ‘The Unity of the Church in the Image of the Holy Trinity’. On the correlation of general and particular in church life.
Impressions of the cathedrals at the Kremlin in Moscow.
On the icon ‘The Saviour with golden hair’.
On his commitments and on the lack of time.
On the desert and on prayer for the world during the war. On his ministry.
On his new book. On the knowledge of Him who is the Principle of all that exists. On the meaning of faith.
On human ingratitude and how we should deal with it. On compassion. On ways to achieve peace in the whole world.
On prayer for the world. On the corruption in humanity. Sift of priesthood and monasticism.
On Mother Elisabeth. On the construction of the new refectory.
On his brother Nicholas. How there could be peace on earth. On reaching the understanding of absolute truth. On the contemplation of the fallen state which is a condition of repentance. On the touch of the Holy Spirit.
On old age. On the limits of knowledge, theology, and wisdom. On despair. On bad influences over children.
On his journey to Italy. On the Turin Shroud.
On his old aye. On the success of His Life is Mine.
On the fallen state of contemporary people.
On the division within man, and what light Scriptural revelation can shed on overcoming it.
On the darkness and light in man. ‘And despair not’.
On the fearful age we live in, and the end of history.
On love which never fails.
On faith in God and His Resurrection. On his new hook.
On his book, ‘We Shall See Him as He Is’.
LETTERS TO ALEXANDRA
On his journeys. On old age.
On old age.
‘While you breathe, don’t forget those who are suffocating.’
On the Russian nation. On the ideal understanding of man. On the heart. On contemporary life.
On his journey abroad and about his fatigue.
On their meeting. On human malice.
A conversation with his father. On heaven. On modern man.
About Spain. On haste, and on despair. On the true meaning of our existence.
Index of Biblical References
About the author
SSaint Sophrony, started his monastic life on Mount Athos. His acquaintance with Saint Silouan became the landmark of his life. He lived as a cenobitic monk at St Panteleimon’s monastery and later as a hermit in the caves of Karoulia. After twenty years on the Holy Mountain, he travelled to Paris for medical treatment, where he served as a parish priest. In 1959, he founded our monastery in Essex, England, where he served as the abbot and spiritual father. Towards the end of his life he withdrew to live once more as a recluse.