BORIS BOBRINSKOY, ANTHONY GYTHIEL (TRANS.)
Title: Compassion of the Father
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: St Vladimirs Seminary Pr July 2003
0881412511 / 9780881412512
Seller ID: 20081024148743
On our bookshelves are several Orthodox works translated from French into English. Wichita State University Professor of History Anthony Gythiel has labored over the years to present the mind of these authors so that we might benefit from their wealth and wisdom. His most recent project, The Compassion of God, by Father Boris Bobrinskoy (Dean of St. Sergius Institute in Paris) focuses on the inseparable themes of compassion and suffering, widely discussed throughout patristic literature. Bobrinskoy points out that compassion means a ''suffering with'' and that ''the Father suffers from a love wound'' inflicted by the suffering of His own Son sent to die for ''this world He 'so loved.''' Put in applicable context, we must offer our own suffering and need for forgiveness to God so that He can ''heal the wound of our own heart.'' Father Bobrinskoy's is a balanced life and thought -- ''irrigated by three springs: the liturgical tradition, the philocalic tradition of prayer of the heart and the biblical and theological tradition of the church fathers.'' While he admits there remains an enormous amount of work ''to be done in Orthodoxy in order to give worship, the liturgy, and the Eucharist their central place as the axis of the church,'' he also exhorts us to ''lead the good fight on all fronts at once, for the future of the Church, of the faith, and of theology and give witness to these beyond the canonical borders of Orthodoxy.''