St. Nectarios (Nektarios) of Pentapolis and the Island of Aegina, vol. 2, The Catechetical Letters
|Holy Cross Orthodox Press (2012)|
|1 copy available|
|St. Nectarios wrote his Catechetical Letters between 1904 and 1908, during his last four years as Director of Rizareios Seminary. These letters were sent to the nuns living in Holy Trinity Convent, whom the saint himself installed there prior to taking up permanent residence in the convent at the end of 1908 … Although the Catechetical Letters were sent exclusively to the sisters of the newly established Holy Trinity Convent, they nevertheless serve as a valuable guide for every pious Christian; they present the saint’s advice on how to live a virtuous life in Christ.
St. Nectarios is a saint of our times and for our times. His unconditional love for God and his unequivocal compassion for those around him enabled him to face the deliberate challenges and unfair trials that sought to undermine his reputation and persisted beyond his death and even his canonization … This book examines the well-known ministry of St. Nectarios by exploring the lesser-known writings, including his personal correspondence, his theological treatises, and his spiritual letters. In addition, the author, Archimandrite Dr. Cleopas Strongylis, provides the exceptional perspective of diverse contemporary Orthodox Christians who were either familiar or else acquainted with the saint … Indeed, herein lies the strength of this publication. The reader will read the words and hear the voice of the saint himself. In this respect, we gain direct access to the personality and person of a saint who so recently walked among us and who is so fervently venerated by Orthodox Christians throughout the world. –His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I