The Way of a Pilgrim
This enduring work of Russian spirituality has charmed countless people with its tale of a nineteenth-century peasant's quest for the secret of prayer. Readers follow this anonymous pilgrim as he treks over the Steppes in search of the answer to the one compelling question: How does one pray constantly? Through…
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No one knows who the Pilgrim was.
He was not educated. He was not learned. He was not wealthy. He had a crippled arm and various infirmities. He was a simple soul who saw the good in everyone and constantly sought teachers who could show him how to pray properly.
His account of his spiritual journey reveals an inner state of such exaltation that millions have been touched and inspired. Eastern Christianity first became widely known in the West through this diary of an unassuming soul.
From the Russian Orthodox tradition comes the story of a man who loses his wife and all his possessions in a fire. He stops into a church one day and hears the words of St. Paul to pray unceasingly (I Thess 5:17). This sets him on a journey during which he discovers instruction on the repetition of the Jesus Prayer. I was captivated by the experiences he encounters, the people he meets, the challenges he overcomes, and the lessons he learns. The reader is introduced to the Philokalia—a collection of texts in the mystical Eastern Orthodox tradition, which offers instruction…
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