Kindling the Divine Spark
Steeped in the ancient patristic and ascetic tradition, St. Theophan the Recluse was at the same time down-to-earth and very real, making profound, mystical realities understood by those he counseled. He had the exceptional gift of being able to encourage all, no matter where they were on the spiritual path, to go further in their fight against the passions and in their preparation for union with the Bridegroom Christ. His inspirational teaching is for all who sincerely seek the heavenly realm.
St. Theophan often used folk expressions in order to make mystical realities understood by all Christians of his time. He felt a dire need to raise Christians to a higher spiritual level in a society which was rapidly changing.
KINDLING THE DIVINE SPARK offers St. Theophan’s instructions to women, examining many essentials of the spiritual life, including: how the heart is purified, inner suffering, spiritual zeal, how to train oneself to pray, and mystical union with the Lord. It contains twenty sermons to nuns and a brief Life of St. Theophan translated by Fr. Seraphim Rose, accompanied by rare photographs. Though originally offered as a volume of sermons given in women’s monasteries, it comprises a conscious teaching of spirituality suited to the needs of both men and women, whether lay or monastic.