This book contains wonderful, mysterious words—words concerning the Creator of the ages Himself. All Christians are baptized in His name—the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In Him they have life and in Him they place their hope. Indeed, is anything more important than to strive for the knowledge of Him, for union with Him, for the constant contemplation of Him? God has not abandoned men in ignorance: He entrusted…
The coming resurrection of the dead and the renewal of the universe is not the result of some natural process, but is rather the direct effect of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. From Him proceeds the source of immortal life for all that exists. The kingdom of God is possible on this corruptible earth, and it has already come!
In this day and age people in the Orthodox Church have forgotten in Whose name they received the sacrament of baptism, and before Whom they will be called to account. The Lord’s obligatory command to consecrate one day each week to Him Who created us, Who continues to nourish and preserve us, is no great sacrifice, especially considering that it exists for the benefit of man, not God.
Know your enemy, it is said. The passions and those who help them take root are the seed of the devil. The fight against this seed lasts one’s whole life, and only he who turns to God will emerge victorious.
В этой небольшой книжке излагается цельное и последовательное учение святителя Феофана Затворника о молитве. Начиная с азов науки молитвенной, святитель учит, как возгревать и сохранять молитвенный дух в продолжение дня, как сочетать молитву с другими добродетелями и как, наконец, подняться к вершине молитвенной жизни – к молитве непрестанной с всецелым преданием себя воле Божией.