The Compassion of the Father

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St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2003 - Religion - 176 pages
"In this work, Boris Bobrinskoy shows how by spiritual union to the life of Christ, we can be clothed with the Holy Spirit and filled with the infinite mercy of the Father, who far from pleasing himself in a blessed transcendence, suffers with humanity. This way of purification triumphs over all the deadly forces of division, darkness, and hate that dwell in the heart - a universe vaster than any other universe. The invocation of the Name, the asceticism of the body, and the baptism of the intellect constitute this long and difficult way of conversion and a cure of unification with God, others, and even oneself." "From his long experience as a priest and a theologian, the author reveals the Trinitarian love guiding the living tradition of the Church - a river of revelation and faith that has its foundation in the Scriptures and that transmits itself from heart to heart, as from a spiritual father to his children. He explores the links between hesychasm and the Eucharist, solitary prayer and intercession for the world, the spiritual life and theological reflection, and fidelity to tradition and creative liberty. By listening to the Word of the Spirit, Bobrinskoy always returns to that same silence of the Father, whose mercy is the eternal source of authentic love and true unity."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contents

The Life and Work
7
The Lamb of God Takes upon Himself Human Suffering
51
Love for Enemies in the Gospels
67
The Mystery of Forgiveness
73
4 The Prayer of the Heart and Suffering
87
The Art of the Invocation of the Name
99
The Inner Eucharist
113
Theology and Spirituality
121
The Theology of Language and the Language of Theology
135
Sacred Tradition and Human Traditions
151
Sources
171
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About the author (2003)

Boris Bobrinskoy is Dean of St. Sergius Orthodox institute, where he teaches Dogmatic Theology, and Rector of Most Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Paris, France.

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