Little Russian Philokalia – Vol. 1: Saint Seraphim. 1 – GOD. God is Fire that warms and kindles, the heart and inward parts. And so, if we feel in our hearts. Little Russian Philokalia: St. Seraphim of Sarov [Seraphim Rose] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Philokalia means, love of the good–love. Little Russian Philokalia [Saint Herman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Volume III is devoted to St Herman of Alaska, who brought the.

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Christian spirituality is not a retreat or escape from life. On the contrary, it is a withdrawal from the spirit of a fallen. On the contrary, it is a withdrawal from the spirit of a fallen world lying in evil in order to cling to the source of life itself–Christ the true God. Because of the multitude of outstanding spiritual leaders which have existed in Russia, there have been several attempts to compile a collection from the Russian Fathers similar to that of the Greek Philokalia.

The teachings of these spiritual Fathers rest in the eternal truths and guiding principles of suffering Christianity, and their counsels are of particular value since–from that fount of eternal wisdom–they offer direction suited to the peculiarities of today’s “modern age. This, after all, was the primary purpose of the original Philokalia. One of the most beloved Orthodox saints of recent times–St. Seraphim of Sarov –was a priest, hermit and spiritual guide who, in early 19th century Russia, led many souls along the path of Apostolic Christianity.

Seraphim’s patristic teaching–equal to the ancient Church Fathers –and his “Diveyevo Mystery”–which, until now, has never been revealed in the English language since its disclosure in Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again.

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Mar 02, Stephen Case rated it liked it. Which is perhaps why this first volume of the Little Russian Philokalia, the writings of St. Seraphim, seemed progressively russsian as I read through it. Seraphim lived from the middle of the eighteenth century to the early nineteenth, during which time he became one of the best-known mystics of the Russian Orthodox Church. He lived as a monk and ascetic in the Sarov Monastery in eastern Russia a city known today as being the center of the Russian nuclear industry.


They provided, as I had hoped, some challenging and focusing readings for Lent. Similar to The Practice of the Presence of GodThe Imitation of Christor other classic works of Christian instruction, these are the sorts of words it seems necessary to always have on tap as a Christian reader. Russiaj concise, clear, sharp challenges that, if maybe I let them wash against me constantly like a stream against stone, might actually do some good.

How to be silent.

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How to be generous. How to cultivate a true love of God and others. Seraphim’s instructions were also useful because they could provide an avenue into the writings of other Orthodox fathers, as he intersperses them with the words of older saints as well as scripture. In the second portion of the book I was on less familiar ground, taking the first steps into the thick, alien forest of Russian hagiography.

Here my cynicism begins to raise its head a bit as the author of the spiritual instructions becomes move into the historical narrative. Several hundred years ago is one thing; the s is something else.

Finally, the volume concludes with again, to my post-evangelical, Western sensibilities the strangest and yet most compelling portion of the story. Compelling in the glimpse it provides into the sudden and tragic destruction of the religious heritage of Orthodox Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution and its slow and fitful rebirth in the closing decades of the twentieth century.

Pilgrims flock to the procession. What to make of it all? The paradox is that sanctity, the idea that holiness can truly intrude into the world in very real and tangible circumstances, remains for me one of the most viable arguments for the pursuit of the Christian life. And the first portion of this book illustrates to me the appeal: Yet if there are people who truly embody this, as St.

Seraphim was reported to, why is it so hard to accept that the results that follow might be the sort of miracles and happenings outlined in the third part? We want our saints at a safe distance, their words coming down to us through the filter of the centuries.

It’s harder to deal with them otherwise. Dec 14, Alan rated it it was amazing Shelves: A must read for anyone who has a devotion to St. Jul 16, Terry Clarke rated it it was amazing. I love the teachings of St. Seraphim and this book presented the. In an easily understood way–with excellent translation to English. Oct 13, Jacob Aitken rated it it was ok Shelves: A brief life of St Seraphim of Sarov.


Mostly well-written with some lirtle of Sarov’s writings at the end.

There is the famous scene where he is surrounded by light with one of his acolytes and keeps urging him to “acquire the Holy Spirit.

I have no comment. Those who disagree with him bear the burden of proof. I am t A brief life of St Seraphim of Sarov. I am troubled by Sarov’s statement, “Acquire the Holy Spirit. This book might be nice piety and I can’t deny that I really enjoyed some parts of it.

It is woefully lacking, though, in New Testament analysis. Jan 27, Jeremiah litte it liked it. St Seraphim also demonstrates and explains how others can “acquire the Holy Spirit”, which is the aim of the Christian life.

Apr 28, David rated it did not like it. I’ve only read snippets from this work and am planning finishing it this year. Jan 13, Raynepurcell littlf it Shelves: Something to revisit over and over again. A true wellspring of wisdom. Jul 29, Connie Backus-yoder rated it really liked rusxian.

Oct 20, Meredith rated it really liked it Shelves: Simple, straight forward, spiritual wisdom from St. Seraphim of Sarov, one of the most beloved saints of 19th Century. Maria rated it really liked it Dec 24, Theron Mathis rated it it was amazing Feb 08, Mother Seraphima rated it really liked it Mar 16, Kevin rated it it was ok Nov 08, Corey rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Gabe rated it it was amazing Dec 19, Geneva rated it it was amazing May 07, Bogdan Claudiu rated it it was amazing Jan 21, Leo Grabowski rated it philokaia was amazing Apr 21, Steve-seraphim rated it it was amazing Jun 24, Nathan Duffy rated it really liked it Aug 04, Angie Kennedy rated it really liked it Mar 20, Ietrio rated it did not like it Feb 14, Mark Pupillo rated it really liked it Philolalia 26, Seraphim rated it it was amazing Aug 17, Lydia rated it it was amazing Feb 07, Isaac Crabtree rated it it was amazing Sep 12, HowdyDave rated it it was amazing Aug 14, Kevin Wall rated it liked it Apr 10, Ramon rated it liked it Nov dussian,