Archimandrite Sophrony His Life Is Mine

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His Life Is Mine

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Contemplation, prayer, spirituality these words have become popular in our day among those despairing at the banality and emptiness of the contemporary scene. But popular as well are a myriad of pseudo-spiritualities, each offering its own shortcut to spiritual satisfaction. His Life is Mine is a refreshing contrast. The book deals with prayers, and especially with the 'Jesus Prayer' of Orthodox monasticism. Yet it is not simply a presentation of 'techniques.' The book is permeated by the awareness that prayer is not just the cultivation of a particular spiritual state, not the investigation of an abstract Idea or dissolution in an anonymous Whole, but an encounter with the personal Being, I AM, demanding in turn our own growth in personhood. As remarkable as the book is its author, Archimandrite Sophrony. Like a good plot, his life has proceeded from possibility to probability to necessity from marked success as a painter exhibiting in the great Paris salons after the Russian Revolution via a brief period of study at the Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris to Mount Athos, the Holy Mountain of Eastern monasticism, where he spent twenty-two years, first as a monk in the Russian Monastery of St Panteleimon and for the final seven years as a hermit in the 'desert.'

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Archimandrite Sophrony an outstanding Christian ascetic, monk, and mystic of the twentieth century studied at the Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris. He lived as a monk on Mount Athos in the Russian Monastery of St Panteleimon and spent his final years at the Monastery of St. John the Baptist , Essex, United Kingdom

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ARCHIMANDRITE SOPHRONY SAKHAROV, ROSEMARY EDMONDS (TRANS)
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Book Description St. Vladimirs Seminary Press March 1997, 1997. Paper Back. Condition: New. Read the introduction. It's crucial to understanding something of Sophrony's life, as well as the rewarding difficulty of his book. Says translator Rosemary Edmonds: ''It is not easy reading on any reckoning'' because ''few of us have any inkling of the life described in these pages.'' We crave knowledge, writes Fr. Sophrony, and ''God is our only means of access to this higher knowledge, if He will reveal Himself.'' He has revealed Himself, and we are perfectible through the persons of Christ and the Holy Spirit, that is (Sophrony is very clear here) -- our potential is ''eternal life in the bosom of the Holy Trinity,'' and prayer our work toward it. Part One explores, in depth, the nature of prayer -- its struggle, beauty and gradual transformation of the soul -- its ''infinite creation [as] the supreme art.'' But Fr. Sophrony cautions that ''Deep prayer comes gradually.'' It is not, in essence, an intellectual pursuit but an entire way of life to which body and soul must adapt slowly. In this capacity (as he explains in Part Two), the Jesus prayer is a simple and beautiful embodiment. Arduous no doubt, but material to our participation in the life of Christ for the world. Fr. Sophrony's words will stick with you -- several days later we still feel the sense of them. 128 pp. Seller Inventory # 92329

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