Author: Nicholas Talberg
A life of one of the great Russian bishops and ascetics of the 19th Century. Born in 1773, he met and knew several Russian Tsars, who came to respect his counsel. "Anthony had the gift of warming faith and hope in God in the hearts of people with his words; he had the gift of penetrating to the depths of the human heart, to its hidden cells, irresistibly acting on it with the strength of his meek and humble words. He was particularly compassionate towards the poor, and crowds of beggars would fill the [Kiev] Lavra. Anthony distributed to them practically everything he had. He was in truth a benefactor of the poor, a father of widows and orphans." This life also includes 44 precepts of Archbishop Anthony, sayings his disciples gathered on various topics of spiritual edification.