Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Spiritual Reading Each Day

Dear Students and Friends,

A daily devotional is often the only spiritual reading we might get in a busy, harried day.

Here is a devotional that promises to be thoughtful and encouraging, by one of the great Spiritual Fathers, St Theophan the Recluse:

Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
by St Theophan the Recluse 
ISBN: 9781887904223
Saint Theophan the Recluse (1815–1894) was one of the most prolific and beloved spiritual writers of nineteenth-century Russia. His works, which comprise over twenty volumes, include such classics as The Path to Salvation and A Commentary on Psalm 118, as well as many volumes of letters. Although he lived the last twenty-eight years of his life as a hermit, his impact on his homeland was immense. His articles appeared in the popular spiritual journals of his time, his books were in great demand, and he personally replied to an average of thirty letters daily. In the present book, Thoughts for Each Day of the Year, St. Theophan takes us through the yearly cycle of Gospel and Epistle readings, humbly and reverently offering us brief but powerful daily meditations on the word of God. He also addresses the problems of his day—lack of faith, coldness of heart, trust in the rational mind rather than in the revealed Truth of God—which are problems of our day as well. Contemplating the sacred texts together with St. Theophan, the reader will learn to penetrate more deeply into Holy Scripture, and will receive answers to many dogmatic, moral, and spiritual questions which touch upon our salvation. Thoughts for Each Day of the Year can help us to more closely connect our lives with the life of Christ in His Holy Church, and to gain a better knowledge of how to fulfill His commandments. By reading St. Theophan’s daily exhortations and taking them to heart, one can be changed by the grace-filled power of our Savior, in accordance with the teaching of the Apostle Paul: Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom. 12:2).

Available from Holy Trinity Monastery, here.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Summer Reading Program Begins!

Dear Students and Friends,

The term may be over, but summer is here and that means--summer reading! As usual, read 3 books and receive 10 credits (after completing and returning the General Worksheet for books for each title).

This year's books are:

  • On Social Justice, by St Basil the Great
  • Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon
  • Ages of the Spiritual Life, by Paul Evdokimov
  • Good and Faithful Servant, edited by Anthony Scott
  • Mother Maria Skobtsova: Essential Writings, by Maria Skobtsova

Download the summer reading flyer to read more about these books. Summer reading begins NOW and ends on September 1, 2013.

Any summer credits earned go towards your total for the 2013-2014 term.

Questions? E-mail else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for more information.

Grow spiritually this summer--read!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

School Prize Announcement

Dear Students and Friends,

Heartiest congratulations go out to Staci in Colorado, our school prize winner this year. Staci accumulated 33 credits during this year's term--almost one per week, by reading books and listening to podcasts.

Staci will be receiving an Orthodox icon as her prize. Way to go, Staci!