This is a wonderfully readable translation (1991), by Olga Savin, of a true spiritual classic. It's a book meant to be read again & again, in conjunction with the Philokalia ("Love of the Good/Beautiful"): a collection of mystical/ascetical writings (originally in Russian & Greek, available in English) by the the Fathers of the Eastern Church. The most noted &, in the minds of the Fathers, essential feature is the "Jesus Prayer", repeated over & over. Called by the Fathers "the art", even "the art of arts", St. John Chrysostom simply summarizes it thus: "Whether eating or drinking, sitting or officiating in church, traveling or doing anything else, one must cry unceasingly, "Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me!…Continue to invoke unceasingly the Name of the Lord Jesus, so that your heart embraces the Lord within itself and the Lord embraces your heart, and the two become one." The process involves what could be called a...
This is a good book on growth in the spiritual life. It takes place in Russia so the pilgrim is Orthodox, but one could switch it to Catholicism just as easily. The only thing I have against it is that the inside back cover (or the front?) promotes New Age literature (publisher's fault) and the pilgrim (if I remember right) tries to convert a Polish Catholic. Rome and the Orthodox are sisters. Can't we work to heal the Great Schism? The narrative is captivating though and teaches important truths. It's the interior (and not the exterior) of a person that matters most. Jesus in the Gospels would agree.
This is one of my favorite spiritual books. So many insights into strengthening one's relationship with God. I have read it several times and I gain a deeper understanding of the spiritual walk each time. Priceless!
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