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 Hesychastís 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 ó leaving one with the certainty that Elder Joseph was a rare example
of sanctity for modern times.
Softbound. 421 pp.