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St. Theofan the Recluse

A Prayer Rule

You ask about a prayer rule. Yes, it is good to have a prayer rule on account of our weakness so that on the one hand we do not give in to laziness, and on the other hand we restrain our enthusiasm to its proper measure. The greatest practitioners of prayer kept a prayer rule. They would always begi... Read More
St. Theofan the Recluse

How the Christian Life Begins in Us

We must make clear for ourselves when and how the Christian life truly begins in order to see whether we have within ourselves the beginning of this life. If we do not have it, we must learn how to begin it, in so far as this depends upon us. It is not yet a decisive sign of true life in Christ if o... Read More
St. Theofan the Recluse

Inner Peace

One who sets out on the path of true life after Repentance and Communion should instill peace within himself. Rules for dispersing inner disturbance: unceasing remembrance of God, a resolve to act according to one's conscience in every matter great or small and patient expectation of success. I woul... Read More
St. Theofan the Recluse

The Chief Activities of the Body, Soul and Spirit

I. Directing the Developing Powers of the Soul and Body. First of all, the needs of the body are aroused, and then are in a constant state of living activity until death itself. It is all the more essential to place them within their proper bounds and to strengthen them with the force of habit, so t... Read More
St. Theofan the Recluse

The Instruction and Guidance of Youth

I. The Instruction of Youth. One cannot define just when a person comes to the awareness of himself as being a Christian and to the independent resolve to live in a Christian way. In actual fact this happens at different times: at the age of seven, ten, fifteen, or later. It may be that the time of ... Read More

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