Saint Silouan the Athonite

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In the autumn of 1892 a young Russian peasant named Simeon from the province of Tambov was drawn to that ancient repository of Orthodox spirituality, Mt. Athos. He had done his military service and now came to the Russian Monastery of St. Panteleimon, to embark on long years of spiritual combat lasting until his death in 1938. Although he was unlearned and ignorant in the ordinary sense, tireless inner strivings gave him authentic personal experience of Christianity identical with that of many of the early ...
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Overview

In the autumn of 1892 a young Russian peasant named Simeon from the province of Tambov was drawn to that ancient repository of Orthodox spirituality, Mt. Athos. He had done his military service and now came to the Russian Monastery of St. Panteleimon, to embark on long years of spiritual combat lasting until his death in 1938. Although he was unlearned and ignorant in the ordinary sense, tireless inner strivings gave him authentic personal experience of Christianity identical with that of many of the early ascetic Desert Fathers. The first part of this book is a remarkable account of St. Silouan's life, personality and teaching by his spiritual disciple Archimandrite Sophrony who went to Mt. Athos in 1925 and there at the Monastery of St. Panteleimon became amanuensis to Staretz Silouan. Part two comprises the writings of Silouan, originally penciled in laborious, unformed characters on odd scraps of paper. In 1988 Staretz Silouan was placed in the canon of saints by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881411959
  • Publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 506
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. I The Staretz' Life and Teaching
I Childhood and Early Years 9
II Arrival on Mt. Athos 21
III Monastic Strivings 34
IV Portrait of the Staretz 51
V The Staretz' Doctrinal Teaching 75
VI Pure Prayer and Mental Stillness 131
VII The Imagination and the Ascetic Struggle against its Various Aspects 153
VIII Uncreated Divine Light and Ways of Contemplation 171
IX Grace and Consequent Dogmatic Consciousness 184
X Spiritual Trials 193
XI 'Keep thy mind in hell, and despair not.' 208
XII The Divine Word and the Bounds of Created Nature 214
XIII On the Purport of Prayer for the World 222
Afterword 228
XIV The Staretz' Demise 236
XV Testimonies 248
Postscriptum 254
Pt. II The Writings of Staretz Silouan
Foreword 263
I Yearning for God 269
II On Prayer 292
III On Humility 298
IV On Peace 312
V On Grace 320
VI On The Will of God and on Freedom 333
VII On Repentance 345
VIII On the Knowledge of God 353
IX On Love 361
X We are Children of God and in the Likeness of the Lord 386
XI On the Mother of God 390
XII On the Saints 394
XIII Concerning Shepherds of Souls 399
XIV Concerning Monks 407
XV Concerning Obedience 420
XVI Concerning Spiritual Warfare 423
XVII Concerning Intrusive Thoughts and Delusions 440
XVIII Adam's Lament 448
XIX Reminiscences and Conversations 457
XX Thoughts, Advice and Observations on Asceticism 491
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