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Spiritual Direction in the Early Christian East
by Irénée Hausherr
introduction by Bishop Kallistos [Ware] of Diokleia

Spiritual Direction in the Early Christian East by Irénée Hausherr introduction by Bishop Kallistos [Ware] of Diokleia
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First published in French in 1955, Irénée Hausherr's classic study of spiritual direction in the early Eastern Church remains the standard resource on the subject to this day. A revival of the practice of spiritual direction has always proceeded periods of spiritual growth and it is hoped that contemporary interest in this ancient discipline may be deepened through contact with the ancient “abbas” and "ammas" who shared their experience of God by ‘giving a word’ to their disciples.

The ministry of the spiritual father is already foreshadowed in the New Testament…[and] occupies a decisive place in Eastern monastic life from the fourth century onwards…The tradition of spiritual fatherhood or motherhood — for this is a ministry also exercised by women — retained its full significance throughout the Byzantine era, while from Byzantium it spread to the Slav Orthodox world…[It has always offered Christians] not so much instruction as a personal relationship. — Bishop Kallistos Ware, from the foreword

The basic study on spiritual fatherhood — Bishop Kallistos Ware

 

Among the extensive literature dealing with spiritual direction that appears every year, this is, to our knowledge, the only comprehensive study of the subject from its source — early Christian monasticism. — Coptic Church Review

Book Details

  • Publisher: Cistercian Publications (November 1990)
  • ISBN-10: 0879075163
  • ISBN-13: 9780879075163
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 400 pages
 
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