By G. P. Fedotov
An nameless nineteenth-century peasant makes an attempt to keep on with St. Paul's recommendation to "pray with out ceasing," starting up on a pilgrimage with just a Bible, a rosary, and a few dried bread. all through his travels, he recites the Jesus prayer ("Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me"), an invocation reputed to instill a feeling of affection for all construction. the tale of his non secular schooling, "The means of a Pilgrim" ranks one of the classics of worldwide spirituality, and its visual appeal right here distinguishes this brilliant anthology of non secular works by means of Russian writers.
Clear, scholarly commentaries introduce the texts, which date from the 11th century to fashionable occasions and derive from the lives of saints, ascetic and mystic treatises, and religious autobiographies. the entire authors — mystics, prophets, rebels, and saints — belonged to the Russian Orthodox Church, and such a lot occupied areas of non secular authority. Their works provide either literary sensibility and compelling examples of excessive spiritual adventure. the 1st such anthology in any language, this quantity was once hailed upon its unique booklet as "a gold mine certainly" (Commonweal).
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