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It’s the path
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26/5/2017:
It’s of little importance
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28/1/2017:
On the Love of God
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28/8/2016:
Weeds spring up
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11/6/2016:
Prayer for beginners
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09/6/2016:
Few decide
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08/6/2016:
Vocal prayer, mental prayer and prayer of the heart
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05/6/2016:
How can we fight our passions?
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02/6/2016:
Let us cry for clemency!
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30/5/2016:
On Practicing the Jesus Prayer
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29/5/2016:
They give depth
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09/5/2016:
Terrible cruelty
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02/5/2016:
Whatever you can do
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15/4/2016:
Pleasant and summery weather
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26/3/2016:
You harvest thorns
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15/3/2016:
Greedily take as much as you can
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11/3/2016:
Fruitlessly and harmfully
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27/2/2016:
It upsets the nerves
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17/2/2016:
Take a look
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10/2/2016:
Deeply wounded
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25/1/2016:
Beginning and end
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14/1/2016:
Don't play at it
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15/12/2015:
No fraternization
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10/11/2015:
Just as a mirror
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Short biography
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Bishop Ignatius was a prominent Orthodox spiritual writer of nineteenth century Russia. Born of a noble family, he completed an education in engineering in St. Petersburg under the patronage of Emperor Nicholas I and was destined for a brilliant worldly career. Later, as an officer, he chose instead to follow the spiritual yearning of his soul and receive the monastic tonsure, as a disciple of the famous Elder Lev of Optina Hermitage.

Well grounded in the ascetic writings of the Holy Fathers, Bishop Ignatius captured the spirit of the ancient patristic and monastic traditions of the Orthodox Church in his own works, written in the most eloquent language of the time. His best known work, The Arena (An Offering to Contemporary Monasticism), which comprises the fifth volume of his Ascetical Works, is an indispensable treasure for seekers of spiritual life today.