Striving for Knowledge of God

Correspondence with David Balfour


The letters Saint Sophrony wrote to David Balfour are a treasury of wisdom, distilled from Father Sophrony’s reading of the Fathers of the Church, from his conversations with Saint Silouan, and from his own experience. Most of the letters in this collection were written to someone new to Orthodox Church and to Orthodox monasticism. Also included are later letters with further theological and spiritual insights. Thus these letters provide a rich source of teaching about Christian faith and life.

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…A long time ago I reached the conviction that God is love; that with insatiable thirst He seeks each one of us; that He YEARNS for us; that in His love for us He does not change, however often we are disloyal to Him; that He is always trying to shower us with blessings. And I am so deeply persuaded of all this that with boldness and hope I beseech Him to vouchsafe you to know as fully as possible the happiness of the simple human life which you have been striving for during recent years…

Weight 0.57 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 15 × 2.3 cm

Saint Sophrony Sakharov



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Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist


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