The Arena: Guidelines for Spiritual and Monastic Life

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Author: St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov)

Form: Paperback

Pages: 311

This is one of the most importantᅠand accessible texts of OrthodoxᅠChristian teaching on the spiritual life, and and not unlike the betterᅠknown "Philokalia." The author, St.ᅠIgnatius (Brianchaninov) describes this work as his legacy "of soul saving instruction." Heᅠpromises that "Those who carry out theseᅠinstructions will enter into possessionᅠof spiritual riches." In an age even moreᅠalienated from spiritual culture and rootedᅠin materialism, his words pose both aᅠchallenge and an invitation to all who everᅠsay to themselves "There must be more toᅠlife than this." For anyone who desires toᅠdeepen their own spiritual journey basedᅠupon an encounter with Christ as God,ᅠthis book is essential reading. Its contentsᅠmay ultimately be accepted or rejected,ᅠbut they will be very difficult to ignore.

Subjects covered include unceasing prayer, the need for spiritual direction and the importance of Divine meditation. The original Russian edition was published in 1867. The work encapsulates the legacy of St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov) as it was published in the year of his death, after some forty years of monastic life. There is a helpful thirteen-page introduction is provided by Archimandrite (n(more...)