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Words of Life, by Archimandrite Sophrony

A compilation of some of the sayings of Archimandrite Sophrony, a truly great master of the Orthodox spiritual life. Translated by Sister Magdalen.


These are brief extracts from the spiritual talks of Fr. Sophrony, founder of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Essex These extracts, nourished by the Word of God and by the writings of the Ascetic Fathers, are in the truest sense both evangelical and philokalian. They follow the formula of the desert fathers; Abba, give me a word. An example: In life there is nothing that is really insignificant, small, mundane.

Archimandrite Sophrony, an outstanding Christian ascetic, monk, and mystic of the twentieth century, studied at the Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris. He lived as a monk on Mount Athos in the Russian Monastery of St Panteleimon and spent his final years at the Monastery of St. John the Baptist , Essex, United Kingdom

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