This collection of articles on prayer, the spiritual life, the Jesus Prayer, and the role of Father-Confessor gives us an additional point of contact not only with the spiritual genius of Sophrony (d. 1993) but also, through him, with his spiritual father, St. Silouan of Mt. Athos. Here is spiritual direction, thoroughly Christ-centered and imbued both with the awareness of difficulties in prayer born of experience, and with the present experience of heaven: ''At times prayer seems over-slow in bringing results, and life is so short. Instinctively we cry, 'Make haste unto me.' But He does not always respond at once. Like fruit on a tree, our soul is left to scorch in the sun, to endure the cold wind, the scorching wind, to die of thirst or be drowned in the rain. But if we do not let go of the hem of His garment, all will end well... the soul to whom it has been given to live the love of Christ knows how it leads the spirit into heavenly spheres, where death is not and God is contemplated in indescribable Light.''
An Eighth Day View:
A collection of articles on prayer and the spiritual life, together with some of the author's own prayers. A moving testimony to the relevance of Christ, who, for Archimandrite Sophrony, is "all, and in all, the beginning and the ending" of all things (cf. Col 3:11; Rev 1:8).