Introduction by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev & Edited by Chad Hatfield
Patriarch Kirill shepherds the largest flock in the Orthodox world in a time of great transition and growth. In the past century Russia experienced the greatest persecution of Christians in history. But the “blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church,” and in the years following the fall of the Soviet Union the Church in Russia has been reborn and has grown beyond all expectation.
This unprecedented renewal continues under Patriarch Kirill’s pastoral guidance. In this book we encounter the patriarch’s vision for the Church’s mission and public life, including her relationship with the state. We also find the penetrating words of a spiritual father who offers counsel on how we can fight the passions and acquire the virtues, who gives guidance on how we can find our way in the midst of modern temptations, confusions, and distractions. At the very center of Patriarch Kirill’s vision we encounter Christ, who wills that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2.4).
“Patriarch Kirill has given the follower of Jesus and the Church a spiritual gift with his godly wisdom, scriptural insight, and modern-day proverbs contained in this book. Read this on your knees being ready to be drawn into the very presence of the Lord.”
“This book allows the living voice of Patriarch Kirill to be heard in English for all American readers who want to listen to him…. The patriarch addresses himself to the contemporary human person. He attempts to convey to him in language he can understand the eternal gospel truths, the divine truth that remains unchanged, regardless of the external circumstances of the world.”