St. Silouan on Peace

The following is a small excerpt (including the prayer) from St. Silouan the Athonite written by the elder Sophrony. The painting is Vasnetsov’s Baptism of the Prince Vladimir.

The soul that has known the Lord wants to see Him within her at all times, for the Lord enters the soul in quietness and gives her peace, and bears silent witness to salvation.

If the kings and rulers of the nations knew the love of God, they would never make war. War happens to us for our sins, not because of our love. The Lord created us in His love, and bade us live in love, and glorify Him.

If those in high places kept the commandments of the Lord, and we obeyed them in humility, there would be great peace and gladness on earth, whereas now the whole universe suffers because of the ambition for power and absence of submission among the proud.

I pray Thee, O Merciful Lord,

let all mankind, from Adam to the end of time,

come to know Thee,

that Thou art good and merciful,

that all nations may rejoice in Thy peace,

And behold the light of Thy countenance.

Thy gaze is tranquil and meek

and draws the soul to Thee.

About Fr. Stephen Freeman

Fr. Stephen is a retired Archpriest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe, and Face to Face: Knowing God Beyond Our Shame, as well as the Glory to God podcast series on Ancient Faith Radio.





One response to “St. Silouan on Peace”

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    I’ll take this ideology of hope over my previously-held Reformed “two-kingdom” theory any day. I am actually reading this book right now but am not sure if I’ve covered this part yet, but I am enjoying it so much as I work through it that I have to force myself to take my time and slowly digest it as I go. Good stuff. The blessed trio of St. Silouan, Elder Sophrony, and Fr. Zacharias is working so powerfully right now through such books as “Enlargement of the Heart” that it is impossible to deny the fact that God’s Grace was truly present within Silouan’s life and struggles and repentance.

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