Sunday, February 27, 2005

Lenten Reading

What are you all reading for Great Lent ?

I am looking for suggestions, in addition to my project to finish reading "My Life In Christ " by St John of Kronstadt.
It is a glorious and heavy book, which I want to keep reading all the time, but I find I always read too much in one go and then have spiritual indigestion.
It is best read in very small chunks and digested thoroughly, as it is a book of great spiritual depth and wisdom :-)
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8 comments:

Matt said...

Bros. Karamazov by F.D.
The Gospels

Jim N. said...

I'm going to do Fr. Schmemman's Great Lent again. It's too much for one year. Also, I think the wife and I are going to do Ford's book on Chrysostom's Views of Marriage together, since we can't do 'other things'. ;)

Elizabeth said...

Hi Matt
I am ashamed to say the only FD I`ve read is Crime and Punishment, which I thought was great. I have no idea why I haven`t read any of his other works.......

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jim
I have the SVS press version of St John Chrysostom`s "On marriage and family life".
It is well worth a read.
For a celibate man, he had great insight and wisdom into the workings of marriage.

Anyone who says that marriage is easy needs their heads examined; it is truly a form of martyrdom.

I was looking at our wedding crowns last night, and thinking that things can be *sooo* tough sometimes, yet they are offset by such joy, too !

With regard to "the other" :-)

My DH is not Orthodox, so Great Lent is not as difficult as it might otherwise be.

It is a bit like accepting other people`s hospitality during a fasting season...you participate wholeheartedly in order not to cause upset or offense, but you don`t necessarily go to the supermarket to deliberately stock up on forbidden goodies :-)
Hope this doesn`t offend anyone.....

Xenia Kathryn said...

I plan to continue reading "Fr. Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works." I got about half way through that book over Christmas break, and I've read about 20 pages of it since...! Crazy. If I get through that, then I'll re-read Father Arseny or Fr. Alexander's Great Lent. :D Wishful thinking...

Xenia Kathryn said...

I plan to continue reading "Fr. Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works." I got about half way through that book over Christmas break, and I've read about 20 pages of it since...! Crazy. If I get through that, then I'll re-read Father Arseny or Fr. Alexander's Great Lent. :D Wishful thinking...

Matt said...

Elizabeth,

No, not offended. Truly, I feel sorry for you. It must be difficult to be married to a non-Orthodox. I'm sure he is a good husband to you, but to have to forego the the fast and the spiritual benefit of abstinence must be so painful for you. I'm sure God will give you different ascetic endeavors if He hasn't already.
As for being ashamed of not haveing read more F.D. Don't be. All I've read by him until now is a collection of his short stories.

Xenia Kathryn said...

AAK!
sorry I posted twice, I hate it when that happens!