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 Life
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.
- 373 pages
- The Field: Cultivating Salvation
- Ignatius Brianchaninov
- 09 October 2017 Ignatius Brianchaninov