Truth and Life

‘God is Truth and Life, and in Him the saints become living and true.’

This book is a collection of texts which all demonstrate Saint Sophrony’s profound conviction that true life is based on true doctrine.


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‘Every religion, all the old and new para-religious forms, the lives of the mystics – all have their ascetic culture, which varies in accordance with the underlying dogmatic consciousness. The dependence of the ascetic act on the form of dogmatic consciousness and, vice versa, the dependence of doctrine on spiritual experience, is a theme of great interest…’



The Unity of the Church in the Image of the Holy Trinity
The Principles of Orthodox Asceticism
On the Necessity of the Three Renunciations in St John Cassian and St John Climacus
The Light of Tabor

Index of Scriptural References

Saint 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 two 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.

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