The Field: Cultivating Salvation



The Spiritual Harvest Requires A Heart That Is Harrowed By Repentance, Softened By Compunction, And Irrigated By Tears The Field Is A Place Of Cultivation And Of Battle In This Volume The Nineteenth Century Christian Saint And Teacher Ignatius Brianchaninov Instructs His Reader In The Cultivation Of The Field Of Their Hearts, With The Aim Of Producing A Harvest Of Virtues Both Pleasing To God And Of Benefit To All Humankind Drawing On His Own Military Background St Ignatius Recognizes That This Cultivation Requires Discipline And Awareness Of The Enemies That Thwart Our Efforts To Live A Holy Life His Words Combine Spiritual Wisdom With Reflections On Nature That Hint At The Joy Awaiting Those Who Embrace The Saint S Call The Field Draws Deeply On The Teachings Of The Ascetic Fathers Of The Church, From The Desert Dwellers Of Scetis In Egypt To His Russian Contemporaries The Optina Elders He Demonstrates How Their Voice Is One In Guiding Us On The Christian Path It Will Be Impossible For Either Lay People Or Monastics To Read These Words Without Being Challenged And Inspired To Follow Christ Fully In Cultivating The Field Of Their Own LifeThe Field: Cultivating Salvation

Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov 1807 1867 is a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church He was born Demetrius Alexandrovich Brianchaninov, to a wealthy landowning family He was educated at Pioneer Military School in St Petersburg Although successful in his studies he was deeply dissatisfied with the lay life and turned to a life of prayer In 1827 he fell seriously ill and left the army on this ground He began pursuing a monastic vocation and in 1831 took monastic vows and received the monastic name of Ignatius Soon after he was ordained a priest He rose rapidly to the rank of archimandrite and at the age of 26 was appointed superior of the Maritime Monastery of St Sergius in St Petersburg In 1857, he was consecrated Bishop of the Caucasus and the Black Sea, but he retired only four years later to devote himself to spiritual writing.He wrote a large amount of material, mostly about the spiritual life and prayer Only a small portion of his writing has been translated into English Although his writing was intended primarily for monks, his works are highly recommended for lay Christians by leading Orthodox figures such as Father Thomas Hopko.He was glorified canonized as a saint by the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church of 1988 His relics are preserved at the Tolga Monastery, near Yaroslavl.

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  • 373 pages
  • The Field: Cultivating Salvation
  • Ignatius Brianchaninov
  • 09 October 2017
  • 0884653765

10 thoughts on “The Field: Cultivating Salvation

  1. says:

    This book is a deep treasury of truth It should be read in a slow pace prayerfully to aquire all of its benefits It might shatter some delusions you may have about life and yourself, so be warned It s not for someone who is careless about things St Ignatius Brianchaninov is a true expounder of the Holy Gospel and his words are exactly what we need in this crazy messed up generation.

  2. says:

    A book to read in small bites and allow to settle I found many items for prayer.

  3. says:

    Not belonging to the Russian Orthodox Church and coming from a Protestant background, which Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov unfortunately regarded as heretical, there are obviously portions of Saint Brianchaninov s writings that I have some theological disagreements with however, I firmly believe that there is much fruit to be gathered from all the various branches of Christianity from the Roman Catholic Church, to the Eastern Orthodox Church, to the Oriental Orthodox Church, and to all the variou Not belonging to the Russian Orthodox Church and coming from a Protestant background, which Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov unfortunately regarded as heretical, there are obviously portions of Saint Brianchaninov s writings that I have some theological disagreements with however, I firmly believe that there is much fruit to be gathered from all the various branches of Christianity from the Roman Catholic Church, to the Eastern Orthodox Church, to the Oriental Orthodox Church, and to all the various denominations of the Protestant Church Saint Brianchaninov s writings burn with the fiery passion of a deeply repentant man of humility, consecration, and holy silence His writings on the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, mortification, and separation from the world are beautiful and deeply challenging For example, this beautifully poetic understanding of the relationship between fasting and prayer, Prayer is without effect if not established on fasting and fasting is fruitless if prayer is not created from it Whoever begins to sow the land without first clearing it destroys the seeds before they can even sprout, and instead of wheat he reaps thorns If we sow the seeds of prayer in a similar manner, we will reap nothing, but we will harvest sins instead of truth Prayer will be destroyed and dissipated by various vain and sinful thoughts and imaginings our feelings will be defiled by sensuality Our flesh has come from the earth, and if we do not clear it as we would a field, we will never be able to grow the fruit of truth However, if someone works the land with great effort and labor, but leaves it unsown, then it will be completely covered in weeds Thus, when the body is mortified by fasting but the soul is not cultivated by prayer, reading, and humble mindedness, then fasting becomes the source of many spiritual passions vanity, arrogance, contempt Also, as another example, consider this challenging exhortation, The one who believes in Christ holds a drawn sword against the emotions of the heart, and he forces his heart using the sword of obedience to Christ, to cut off not only obvious sinful inclinations but even those desires that seem to be good but in their essence contradict the Gospel commandment apparently good deeds inspired by fallen nature grow the person s ego, destroy faith in Christ, and are antagonistic to God The works of true faith destroy a person s selfishness, uniting him to Christ and increasing faith yetThere is much to be learned from Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov, especially coming from the Protestant tradition where grace has, in the words of Bonhoeffer, been unfortunately reduced oftentimes to being treated cheaply I am thankful for this holy and humble man who I consider and count as a brother in Christ, even if he probably would have called me a heretic I m also grateful for being introduced to the teachings of Abba Dorotheos of Gaza through Saint Brianchaninov s writings and am looking forward to readingof both of their works

  4. says:

    What a treasury of knowledge The author, St Ignatius, was a living link to the Patristic mindset of the Church I couldn t help but be convicted of my sin by every page.Also very interesting to note his ideas about the decline in Orthodoxy and in monasticism in Imperial Russia It is later than we think the end is near Read this book to help you lay aside the cares of the world and pursue the one thing needful

  5. says:

    Excellent book about monasticism

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