Friday, March 05, 2004

Book pick
The Forgotten Medicine: The Mystery of Repentance
by Archimandrite Seraphim (Aleksiev)

Sounds good! In addition to the reviews on the Amazon page (including one from old online friend Lou Pizzuti/Luigj Picut, proudly of Arbëresh/Italo-Albanian descent), online friend Jim Coffey recommends it:

I would describe this little 74-page book (almost a pamphlet) as one of the most precious jewels in my personal library. I dust it off every Lent and go throught it. The late Fr. Aleksiev (sic), a Bulgarian monk, wrote the best single book on Confession that I have yet to encounter. I have another one published by Scepter Press (Frequent Confession I think is the title) that is OK but really is too much of a long read for such an important topic.

Fr. Aleksiev's book is the perfect book for Roman Catholics, not just Orthodox (Anglicans too!). He discusses all the excuses--he's gentle about it but quite blatant--for not going to Confession and straightens the reader out.

The book is maybe $5 plus s/h.

This is the 1st of 3 volumes of Fr. Aleksiev's spiritual writings. The other two books are:
The Meaning of Suffering and Strife & Reconciliation. I plan to get these two books too.

Sounds like he's right up there with the late Frs John Meyendorff and Alexander Schmemann as one of those Orthodox writers for all Catholics. The kind of book the Russians call a настольная книга, the kind you keep out on the table!

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