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Kindling the Divine Spark: Teachings on How to Preserve Spiritual Zeal

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Though steeped in the ancient patristic and ascetic tradition, Theophan the Recluse was down-to-earth and very real, making profound, mystical realities understood by those he counseled. St. Theophan had the exceptional gift of being able to encourage all, no matter where they were on the spiritual path, to go further in their fight against the passions and in their prepar ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Saint Herman Press
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Stephen Case
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Only the benumbed soul doesn’t pray. Preserve in yourselves the feeling of need, and you will always have stimulation for prayer . . . Necessity teaches everything. The need for prayer teaches one to pray. (70)

Of all the aspects of the Christian faith, monasticism (either of the male or female variety) may be the most misunderstood. Yet I would venture to say that the health of a church, the help and the hope of the faith, depends on the strength of its monastic communities. A friend has said th
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Stephanie
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: orthodoxy
St. Theophan the Recluse addresses several issues involving women in the monastic life, but has a way of speaking that makes his instructions accessible for all. This book isn't just for those who live in the monastery, but also for those who live in the world and would like to attain a monastic heart. Who can pass up a book like that?
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Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Wants to Please God
Recommended to Beth by: Sr Mary
Shelves: christian_eo
I got this book from Holyu transfiguration Monastery in PA. I've never read St. Theophan before, but I really like him. His message to the monastics is also relevant to those of us outside the monastery walls.
Macaria Corbett
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This little book of homilies addressed to nuns in 19th c. Russia is my favorite of all of the works of St. Theophan the Recluse. The homilies were given on different feasts and the title is a good description for them--something to warm up the heart for prayer.
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