Philokalia means, love of the good love of the beautiful It was the name given to the celebrated 18th century Greek collection of Patristic texts on Christian spiritual life, teaching the path to inner sobriety and the fullness of union with God Christian spirituality is not a retreat or escape from life On the contrary, it is a withdrawal from the spirit of a fallenPhilokalia means, love of the good love of the beautiful It was the name given to the celebrated 18th century Greek collection of Patristic texts on Christian spiritual life, teaching the path to inner sobriety and the fullness of union with God Christian spirituality is not a retreat or escape from life 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 Therefore it is of no small importance to present the Russian Fathers of recent centuries in an anthology of ascetic texts drawn from the original sources The LITTLE RUSSIAN PHILOKALIA series serves as an intermediary with the great Fathers of the Greek Philokalia In this respect, the humble advice offered by the holy men of the LITTLE RUSSIAN PHILOKALIA series may render an inestimable service to a true seeker of salvation a follower of Christ s narrow path of unceasing toil and humility 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 1759 1833 was a priest, hermit and spiritual guide who, in early 19th century Russia, led many souls along the path of Apostolic Christianity The first volume of the LITTLE RUSSIAN PHILOKALIA series contains the Life of St Seraphim, his Spiritual Instructions to Laymen and Monks, his soul saving conversation with Nicholas Motovilov On the Acquisition of the Holy Spirit St 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 1902.
Little Russian Philokalia Philokalia means love of the good love of the beautiful It was the name given to the celebrated th century Greek collection of Patristic texts on Christian spiritual life teaching the path to inne
A must read for anyone who has a devotion to St Seraphim of Sarov.
I love the teachings of St Seraphim and this book presented the In an easily understood way with excellent translation to English.
I m still enough of an evangelical that hagiography strikes me as foreign I don t know what to make of it, this idea that holiness can come out from the introspective realm of spiritual instruction to impinge on historical figures and alleged historical events Which is perhaps why this first volume of the Little Russian Philokalia, the writings of St Seraphim, seemed progressively stranger as I read through it.St Seraphim lived from the middle of the eighteenth century to the early nineteenth, d [...]
A brief life of St Seraphim of Sarov Mostly well written with some excerpts 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 Also worth noting are they Diveyvo prophecies, so called I have no comment.Analysis and Conclusion Contrary to World Orthodoxy, Seraphim Rose has accurately and correctly read the Russian fathers Those who disagree with him bear the burden of proof I am troubled [...]
focus on pre Bolshevik saint in Russia who experienced prophecy and spiritual ecstasy St Seraphim also demonstrates and explains how others can acquire the Holy Spirit , which is the aim of the Christian life.
I ve only read snippets from this work and am planning finishing it this year.
Something to revisit over and over again A true wellspring of wisdom.
Simple, straight forward, spiritual wisdom from St Seraphim of Sarov, one of the most beloved saints of 19th Century.