Thursday, April 25, 2013

Love, Russian Orthodox Style

Recently, my wife bought a book for me called "Everyday Saints and Other Stories" by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) for my Kindle.  I haven't read too far into the book yet, but so far, it is a fascinating account of Russian Orthodox monastic spirituality.  The author writes lovingly of his spiritual father, Father John Krestiankin of the Pskov Caves Monastery.  Many came to Father John for spiritual guidance, and heard messages like this one:

"We have been commanded by our Lord to love our neighbor as ourselves, but it is none of our business whether they love us or not! The only thing for us to worry about is to make sure we truly love them."

If only more people in this increasingly adversarial world would take heed of Father John's words.

More information about the book can be found here:


  1. this sounds like a fascinating book!

  2. Hi Diane - I've read a few more chapters since this post, and it is full of fascinating little stories and quotes like this one. I'll post more excerpts as I continue to read it.