Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt: Part I. Children’s Faith, Chapter 3

Everyone knows to what extent children actually live in quite another world. And if I do not remember much about myself, I will write down something from the lives of other children. One child of three, whose grandmother wrote me, was suffering with whooping cough for a long time. Before going to bed, he said… Continue reading Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt: Part I. Children’s Faith, Chapter 3

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Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt: Part I. Children’s Faith, Chapter 2

I also remember how my grandmother (Nadezhda who was holy and humble; may she be granted the Kingdom of Heaven!) took me to the church that stood on a hill, about two versts from our house, to receive the Holy Mysteries. I was dressed in a clean, colored shirt, I remember, and it was in… Continue reading Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt: Part I. Children’s Faith, Chapter 2

Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt: Part I. Children’s Faith, Chapter 1

This is the beginning of the serial publication of the book Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt by Metropolitan Benjamin (Fedchenkov) (1880-1961), an extraordinary bishop who wrote a number of directly autobiographical memoirs and other books that include many interesting facts from his life (concerning not only his own life but also different aspects of Russian culture), which was lived,… Continue reading Faith, Unbelief, and Doubt: Part I. Children’s Faith, Chapter 1

On the Saints

The following are a few selections from Bozhii lyudi (Moi dukhovnye vstrechi) [God's People (My Spiritual Encounters)] by Metropolitan Benjamin (Fedchenkov). Of course they [remembrances] do not include every aspect of monastic life; they do not speak about the selfless struggle of monks, which only they themselves, their spiritual father, and God Himself knows. I… Continue reading On the Saints