Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 10

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 10

Before concluding, there is one final, yet very important point which makes St. Silouan’s teaching so relevant for today. And this is the special emphasis he places on the theme of depression and despair within the spiritual struggle. Interestingly enough, this warning against the danger of depression and despair was...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 9

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 9

The passion of pride seduced even Lucifer, who was created as the greatest and most glorious angel. Pride is thus the primordial cause of the fall of creation. Infiltrating even unto the heights of the angelic hosts, pride remains the main cause of man’s sin and his separation from God....

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 8

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 8

Be assured that troubling and sinful thoughts will assail everyone making any sort of spiritual progress—especially if there is any progress in prayer—and this is even more true the further one advances.  The important point is not to become dejected, and not to allow these troubling thoughts to destroy our...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 7

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 7

Saint Silouan offers another very practical point of advice that is most relevant for those of us struggling in contemporary society. As regards his entire teaching, this advice is directed not only toward monks, but in general to all believers who are striving to progress in prayer. He warns against...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 6

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 6

One of the more crucial components of our spiritual life is proper training in the development of good spiritual habits. Habit is a second nature. This is why it is imperative that we train ourselves in the ways of spiritual warfare. Saint Silouan writes, “Train yourself to cut off an...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 5

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 5

Logismoi, or these ‘evil thoughts’, may be manipulated to stir up anxiety and anger aimed against those people with whom we are closest. This often includes friends, relatives, fellow members of a parish community, as well as those with whom we are sacramentally linked or have spiritual bonds—even our own...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 4

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 4

According to St. Silouan, and our entire Orthodox tradition, spiritual life entails spiritual warfare. This is a primary point that we must fully acknowledge and accept as we strive to live our lives in Christ. For the majority of believers, this spiritual warfare refers primarily to the encounter with evil...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 3

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 3

The broad appeal of the writings of Saint Silouan is based on a combination of other factors as well. The fact that he was uneducated and ‘almost illiterate,’ having attended the village school for ‘just two winters,’ attracts many readers because it reinforces the idea that the heights of Orthodox...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 2

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 2

The Saints challenge us to reach beyond the common conception of salvation that predominates in the West. For the Orthodox Church, salvation is more than the pardon of sins and transgressions. Salvation is more than being justified or acquitted for offenses committed against God. According to Orthodox teaching, salvation certainly...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 1

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 1

It is interesting to observe the increasing interest in spiritual life among many people around the world. Many people are seeking a personal experience of God. They desire a tangible and dynamic experience of His presence within their daily lives. Furthermore, many today are trying to satisfy this inner need...

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