We Shall See Him as He Is

We Shall See Him as He Is Now at the close of my life I have decided to talk to my brethren of things I would not have ventured to utter earlier counting it unseemly Thus wrote Archimandrite Sophrony then ninety two years ol

  • Title: We Shall See Him as He Is
  • Author: Sophrony Sakharov
  • ISBN: 9781887904131
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • Now at the close of my life I have decided to talk to my brethren of things I would not have ventured to utter earlier, counting it unseemly Thus wrote Archimandrite Sophrony, then ninety two years old, in We Shall See Him as He Is, his spiritual autobiography In this book Fr Sophrony, one of the most beloved orthodox Christian elders of our times, revealed to the woNow at the close of my life I have decided to talk to my brethren of things I would not have ventured to utter earlier, counting it unseemly Thus wrote Archimandrite Sophrony, then ninety two years old, in We Shall See Him as He Is, his spiritual autobiography In this book Fr Sophrony, one of the most beloved orthodox Christian elders of our times, revealed to the world his own experience of union with God, and the path to that union drawing near to God with intense love and longing accompanied by struggle, self emptying and searing repentance, Fr Sophrony was granted to participate in the life of God Himself through His uncreated Energies Like orthodox saints throughout the centuries, he experienced Gods grace as an ineffable, uncreated Light It was in this Light that Christ was transfigured on Mount Tabor before His Apostles, and it is in this Light that we shall see Him as He is I John 3 2.Born into a russian orthodox family in Moscow in 1896, Archimandrite Sophrony embarked on a successful career as a painter in Paris There he delved into Eastern religions for a time, before repenting bitterly of this and returning to the faith of his childhood After a brief period of theological study in Paris, he left for the ancient orthodox monastic republic of Mount Athos in Greece, where he spent fifteen years in a monastery and a further seven as a hermit in the desert on Mount Athos he became the spiritual son of a simple monk of holy life, Elder Silouan It was under the guidance of Saint Silouan that Fr Sophrony experienced divine illumination, knowing God intimately as Personal Absoluteas the one Who revealed Himself to the Prophet Moses as I AM and Who became incarnate as man in Jesus Christ In 1959, Fr Sophrony founded the Monastic Community of St John the Baptist in Essex, England, which has since become a major orthodox spiritual center for all of Western Europe Elder Sophrony reposed in 1993, at the age of 97.

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    1. Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov 23 September 1896, Moscow 11 July 1993, Tolleshunt Knights , also Elder Sophrony, was best known as the disciple and biographer of St Silouan the Athonite and compiler of St Silouan s works, and as the founder of the Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St John the Baptist in Tolleshunt Knights, Maldon, Essex, England.

    2. This is a phenomenal text! It's a spiritual autobiography of sorts as well as an attempt to articulate the life in Christ, especially the experience of the Uncreated Light in penitent prayer. Very rich, profound meditations on the deepest mysteries of the Christian faith and life in Christ.

    3. Seldom is one granted the opportunity to read into the spiritual autobiography of a saint. There really is something special about Archimandrite Sophrony— not only was he a true ascetic and spiritual son of the one of the greatest saints of the 20th century, but he was also a Renaissance man in the truest since of the word— having been a rather successful artist in Paris before fleeing the world to Mt. Athos. Because of this, Elder Sophrony has a certain lexiconal usage in his writing that a [...]

    4. A rare and unique look into the spiritual progress and the direct encounter with the Logos of God by the human soul.

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