The Refuge: Anchoring the Soul in God [Paperback]

Ignatius Brianchaninov (Author); Nicholas Kotar (Author)

ISBN: 9780884654292 | Published by: Printshop of St Job of Pochaev | Series: Complete Works of Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov | Volume: 3 | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 448p, H230 x W150 (mm)

The Refuge


"Prayer is a refuge of God’s great mercy to the human race."

The refuge is a place of inner stillness and peace where the heart is fully opened to the embrace of God’s love. It is a return to the ancient paradise from which the human race, in Adam, had to depart because of disobedience to the command of God.

The Refuge is an exposition of the concrete actions we should take if we truly desire to live with and in God. It weaves together meditations on scripture (from the Psalms in particular) and amplifies these with the wisdom of early Christian saints, in particular the ascetical writings of St John of the Ladder, St Macarius the Great and St Isaac the Syrian. It is an active exhortation for us to reacquire the original nobility with which God fashioned us in the beginning.

Table of Contents

Foreword Blessed is the Man Joseph: An Edifying Story taken from the Book of Genesis A Letter to the Brotherhood of the Sergiev Hermitage from the Nikolo-Babaev Monastery The Fear of God and the Love of God The Judgments of God A Meeting of the Soul and the Mind Seeing One’s Sins The Image and Likeness of God in Man A Reflection on the First Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to Timothy, Referring Primarily to the Monastic Life The Essential Work of a Monk The Spirit of a Beginner’s Prayer The Cell Rule of Prayer Prayer in Church Prayer Spoken Aloud Remembrance of God The Prayer of the Mind, the Heart, and the Soul The Jesus Prayer A Wanderer A Mystical Interpretation of Psalm 99 Salvation and Christian Perfection The Various States of Human Nature in Relation to Good and Evil

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