Orthodox Saints & Patristic Church Fathers (211)
Nil Sorsky (+1508), an influential spiritual writer whose major contribution to Orthodox Christianity was his bringing to ancient Russia the spirituality of the early Fathers and Mothers of the Desert. This is called the hesychasm spirituality of the heart, which finds the perfection of the human person in union with God through continuous prayer.
This first-time translation from Russian into English of Nil`s complete writings includes: The Tradition, The Rule, his letters (only four of which have actually been attributed to him) and his last will and testament. The Tradition is his earliest attempt to give his disciples a written but very simplified rule of skete monasticism, which he practiced on Mt. Athos. The Rule is an extended ascetical treatise on what Nil calls mental activity or, in today`s terms, perpetual or continuous prayer.
An informative introduction examines the significance of Nil`s spirituality and places it within the historical setting of 15th century Russia.
Indeed, the soul is led by a heavenly love and desire when once the beauty and glory of the Word of God has been perceived; he falls in love with His splendor and by this receives from Him some dart and wound of love.”
Origen (c. 185-254) was born in Alexandria close to the end of the second century. His life spanned the turbulent years during the collapse of the Roman Empire. He sought to rescue and transform what was best of the Roman world and to translate the Christian spiritual quest into a language intelligible to the thoughtful and educated nonbeliever of his day. Origen is one of the first and most important of the Christian mystics, and many of the great themes of spiritual literature can be traced back to him. The collected works in this volume represent the heart of Origen`s spiritual vision.