Book Notes: Modern Orthodox Thinkers, chapters 18-19


Modern Orthodox Thinkers

Chapter 18 is on the spiritual elder Mother Thekla


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Chapter 19 is on the spiritual elders Saint Silouan and Father Sophrony

Saint Silouan drew a sharp distinction between the notion of legal responsibility and the love of Christ, which sees ‘ nothing strange, but rather something entirely natural, in sharing the guilt of those we love, and even in assuming full responsibility for their wrong-doing’: something that does away with any notion of self-justification. All this was the result of the saint’s experience of prayer, on which Father Sophrony commented: ‘ Intense prayer, my Father Silouan’s, for the world leads to an awareness of the ontological community between one’s personal existence and the existence of all mankind’.

Please find here the first post of this series, with a general presentation of the book.


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