56Re: [LutheransLookingEast] Re: Favorite Saints
- Mar 13, 2007My favorite saint is St. Barney of Fife. He was a very wise man and celibate though not a monk. His icon is at http://november-in-my-soul.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-post.html.
Reader Christopher <xcjorr@...> wrote:
I would also add St. Theophan the Recluse because a section in his
"The Spiritual Life and How to be Attuned to It" helped me understand
how to, in a practical way, fight temptation and 'thoughts' that are
insinuate by the devil, brought up by our flesh, etc.
The gist is that anger is meant for one thing: to fight sin. When one
sees a thought approach or once it has been suggested - when it is
still not sin but simply temptation - focus all your anger on it and
say a quick prayer since we can do nothing without prayer and God's
assistance. I was delivered from a particularly difficult physical
sin with this technique and am eternally (literally) grateful to St.
Theophan for his assistance.
I also have bits and pieces that I have remembered from various saints
writings and lives that I have found helpful, e.g., Sts Herman of
Alaska, Innocent and Tikhon of Moscow, John of Shanghai and San
Francisco, Seraphim of Sarov, Nilus of Sora, Symeon the New
Theologian, the Desert Fathers, Anthony the Great, Athanasius the
Great, the Cappadocians, John Chrysostom, John Damascene, John
Cassian, Augustine, Isaac of Syria, the Optina Elders (especially Sts
Ambrose, Macarius and Barsanuphius), and Dorotheus, John and
Barsanuphius of Gaza, etc.
--- In LutheransLookingEast@yahoogroups.com, "Christopher Orr"
> Favorite saints, in no particular order:
> - St. Elizabeth the New Martyr (convert from Lutheranism; she was
> the granddaughter of Queen Victoria and since my father is fromEngland...)
> - St. George the Great Martyr (patron saint of England and one of myLutheran;
> only regular contacts with a post-Apostolic saint growing up as a
> plus, again, St. George is the patron saint of England. I had a goldon one side
> sovereign coin on a necklace from my parents that had St. George
> and Queen Victoria on the other...)Lt. William Terrell
> - St. Silouan the Athonite (probably as much because of Fr. Sophrony
> Sakharav and his writing about St. Silouan.)
> - Fr. Seraphim Rose (an American convert, not yet canonized)
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