Elder Anthony of Optina
|St. Herman Press (1996)|
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The difficulties of the narrow and sorrowful path of the monastic life became joyful to Alexander through the rewards of spiritual consolations full of grace. To the 20-year-old Alexander, who had striven so long and so zealously toward monastic life, the short, dyed robe, covered with stains and patches, seemed, as he himself later expressed it, “more precious than royal purple.”
ELDER ANTHONY OF OPTINA, the prima vita of 1869, is compiled not only from the information of his own personal notes, journals, and letters, but also from memoirs of his spiritual children, particularly the disciple of St. Herman of Alaska–the saintly Sergius Yanovsky–who became a disciple of Elder Anthony after returning from America.
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One of the books you sent me greatly impressed me, and I want to follow a rule from it, which is: To hold the world in contempt and to seek the Heavenly Kingdom is the highest wisdom; by stillness and silence the pious soul is greatly strengthened and understands the mysteries of the Scripture. I wish and desire to be as you are; even though I don’t yet know what to do, I still desire to be like you. –From a letter of Elder Anthony to his brother, Elder Moses.