MONASTIC WISDOM: THE LETTERS OF ELDER JOSEPH THE HESYCHAST
Elder Joseph the Hesychast (+1959) was one of the greatest ascetics of our century. He arrived at the Holy Mountain in time to be benefited and guided by a number of holy monks of the previous century, but the remainder of his life coincided with an era of general spiritual decline and depopulation on the Holy Mountain. He thus became a vital link in the golden chain of Athonite tradition for contemporary Orthodoxy.
The return to traditional Orthodoxy brought about by his disciples and the thousands of his spiritual grandchildren and great-grandchildren throughout Greece and North America, bears witness to the depth of his understanding and the effacy of his guidance.
This collection of Elder Joseph the Hesychasts letters, presented now for the first time in English, makes the wealth of his wisdom and experience available to readers from all walks of life. As his extreme ascetical sturggles and hesychastic lifestyle unfold througout the pages, one witnesses his difficlut trials and lenghty battles with the demons, his profound visions and inspired spiritual guidance, his martyric endurance in illnesses, and finally his holy repose leaving one with the certainty that Elder Joseph was a rare example of sanctity for modern times.