A Christmas greeting card sent by Elder Sophrony of Essex

A Christmas greeting card sent by Elder Sophrony of Essex

Paraskevi, who out of sheer humility does not wish to reveal her full name, was among the first spiritual children of Elder Sophrony, during the time of her studies in England. She sent us a copy of two handwritten scripts by the blessed Elder.   The Christmas wish card (handwritten):...

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Saint Silouan, the great spiritual figure of the 20th century

Saint Silouan, the great spiritual figure of the 20th century

Alexandros Christodoulou   Saint Silouan the Athonite (24 September) Saint Siouan- Symeon Ivanovich Antonov, before his tonsure- was born in 1866 into a peasant family in the Tambov region of Russia. From the age of four he began wondering: ‘Where is this God? When I grow up, I’ll travel the...

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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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