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Spirituality

Spir­i­tu­al­i­ty in the Ortho­dox Church means the every­day activ­i­ty of life in com­mu­nion with God. The term spir­i­tu­al­i­ty refers not mere­ly to the activ­i­ty of man’s spir­it alone, his mind, heart and soul, but it refers as well to the whole of man’s life as inspired and guid­ed by the Spir­it of God. Every act of a Chris­t­ian must be a spir­i­tu­al act. Every thought must be spir­i­tu­al, every word, every deed, every activ­i­ty of the body, every action of the per­son. This means that all that a per­son thinks, says and does must be inspired and guid­ed by the Holy Spir­it so that the will of God the Father might be accom­plished as revealed and taught by Jesus Christ the Son of God.

… what­ev­er you do, do all to the glo­ry of God (1 Cor 10:31).

Doing all things to the glo­ry of God is the mean­ing and sub­stance of life for a human being. This “doing” is what Chris­t­ian spir­i­tu­al­i­ty is about.

Volume 4: Spirituality — Selected Bibliography

Arse­niev, Nicholas, Rev­e­la­tion of Life Eter­nal, St. Vladimir’s Sem­i­nary Press, Tuck­a­hoe, N.Y., 1962.

Bloom, Arch­bish­op Antho­ny, Begin­ning to Pray, Paulist Press, New York, 1970.

Med­i­ta­tions — A Spir­i­tu­al Jour­ney Through the Para­bles, Dimen­sion Books, Denville, N.J., 1971.

Liv­ing Prayer, Libra Books, Lon­don, 1966.

God and Man, Dar­ton, Long­man and Todd, Lon­don, 1970.

Cabasi­las, Nicholas, The Life in Christ, St. Vladimir’s Sem­i­nary Press, Tuck­a­hoe, N.Y., 1974

Chari­ton, Igu­men of Valaam, The Art of Prayer — An Ortho­dox Anthol­o­gy, Faber and Faber, Ltd., Lon­don, 1966.

Elchani­nov, Alexan­der, The Diary of a Russ­ian Priest, Faber and Faber, Ltd., Lon­don, 1967.

John (Sergi­eff) of Kro­n­stadt, My Life in Christ, Jor­danville, N.Y., n.d.

Fedo­tov, George, A Trea­sury of Russ­ian Spir­i­tu­al­i­ty, Harp­er Torch­book, New York, 1964.

Kad­loubovsky and Palmer, Trans., Ear­ly Fathers from the Philokalia, Faber and Faber, Ltd., Lon­don, 1954.

Writ­ings from the Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart, Faber and Faber, Ltd., Lon­don, 1951.

Macar­ius of Opti­na, Russ­ian Let­ters of Direc­tion, St. Vladimir’s Sem­i­nary Press, Tuck­a­hoe, N.Y., 1975.

Meyen­dorff, John, St. Gre­go­ry Pala­mas and Ortho­dox Spir­i­tu­al­i­ty, St. Vladimir’s Sem­i­nary Press, Tuck­a­hoe, N.Y., 1973.

Schme­mann, Alexan­der, For the Life of the World, St. Vladimir’s Sem­i­nary Press, Tuck­a­hoe, N.Y. 1973.

Litur­gy and Life, Depart­ment of Reli­gious Edu­ca­tion, Ortho­dox Church in Amer­i­ca, New York, 1974.

Sophrony, Arch­man­drite, Wis­dom from Mount Athos -The Writ­ings of Father Silouan, St. Vladimir’s Sem­i­nary Press, Tuck­a­hoe, N.Y., 1974.