By Father Anthony Coniaris
Brings the Orthodox spirituality of the Philokalia out of the monastery into daily dwelling. Addresses the relevance at the present time of the topics lined via the Fathers of the Philokalia, i.e. Vigilance (nepsis), Ascesis, Overcoming the Passions, and so on. it's not a ebook for theologians yet for the typical Orthodox lay individual. Fr. Harakas writes, "Those who learn this publication will come to a deepening in their religious existence. Their center may be touched, moved, and warmed." 6" x 9". three hundred pages. 2d printing.
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