Icon of the blessed elder Sophrony (Sakharov) and St. Silouan the Athonite
I have recently begun re-reading a classic work of Orthodox spirituality: St. Silouan the Athonite, which is a summary of this great saint's life and teaching, written by his spiritual son Elder Sophrony Sakharov. St. Silouan was a very holy monk and elder who lived most of his life on Mt. Athos. Elder Sophrony was his scribe, and thankfully, he wrote down a good deal of his spiritual father's teachings. Many of these teachings are collected into the 500-page work that I am now attempting to read. It is not easy reading...much of it can really only be read a few pages at a time in order to be adequately (note I did not say "fully"!) understood. Since my time for blogging these days (other than my Bible study notes, which I have to do anyway) is very limited, I am going to try and slip in a few brief quotes from Elder Sophrony's book. Although the words are Elder Sophrony's, the real source of the quotes is St. Silouan (a fact that the Elder readily acknowledges). I hope you enjoy these nuggets of wisdom.
"So we see that even as a young man, Simeon realised that an essential condition for harmony amongst people is that each should recognize his own shortcomings." (p. 19)