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The Spiritual Life and How to Stay Attuned to It
by St. Theophan the Recluse

The Spiritual Life and How to Stay Attuned to It by St. Theophan the Recluse
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The spirit — as a force which has come from God — knows God, seeks God and in Him alone finds rest.

— St. Theophan the Recluse

St. Theophan the Recluse (1815–1894), possessing a rare degree of patristic scholarship combined with a deep understanding of the soul of contemporary people, was able to elucidate a genuine understanding of spirituality for modern man. He made this understanding accessible to the average person, for he knew that each "average person" is the possessor of an immortal soul, and that each soul is to be attuned here upon earth to live eternally with God in heaven.

The Spiritual Life and How to Stay Attuned to It, was the result of a correspondence between a young lady of the upper middle class and St. Theophan the Recluse. In this compilation of his letters of spiritual direction to her, St. Theophan strives to make sure that this young soul would be able to keenly hear the right "tone" of spiritual life. This tuning of the soul is necessary for the soul to be in harmony with the voice of God's Providence, which echoes in the instrument of the heart.

Our inner lives never get put into the proper order all of a sudden. What is always required and what lies ahead is intensified labor over oneself, over one's inner self, by the assimilation of good intention and the enabling of grace through the Mysteries. This labor is directed toward destroying the disorder that reigns inside; in its place it establishes order and harmony, after which follows inner peace and a continual joyful mood of the heart.

— St. Theophan the Recluse

The Spiritual Life and How to Stay Attuned to It is a valuable and effective primer for embarking into the realm of spiritual life.

Book Details

  • Publisher: St. Herman of Alaska Press (March 1, 1996)
  • ISBN-10: 0938635360
  • ISBN-13: 9780938635369
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 320 pages
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Incredible depths made accessable

- 10/5/2012

I read this every night before I go to sleep. This is a series of letters to someone who was obviously serious about their spiritual life. I think I could study some of these "letters" for months while others are very practical and are exactly what I need...

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