Spiritual Fatherhood: Evagrius Ponticus on the Role of the Spiritual Father by Gabriel Bunge
Spiritual Fathers by Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo 1
Spirituality and the Role of a Spiritual Father
Download the PDF. As a way of life rather than a religion, Orthodoxy presumes and presupposes a particular worldview that is unique and Christ-centered. It is a way of being in the world, a way of interacting with our brothers and sisters as well as the entire cosmos. The notion of spiritual fatherhood has a long and venerable tradition within the holy Orthodox Church. We find Saint Paul reminding the people of Corinth of his spiritual fatherhood and paternal care for the people of Corinth.
Sep 26, Paul was a spiritual father to the Corinthians, and as such had certain how Paul viewed his responsibility as a spiritual father to his children.
boku no hatsukoi o kimi ni sasagu
These are the words of St. Brigid, abbess of the Kildare Convent in Ireland. In the Celtic tradition, a person called an anam chara, Gaelic for soul friend, played the same role as a spiritual father. They were a guide, a confessor, a friend, and most importantly a person with whom the Christian journeyed and with whom they shared all their joys and sorrows. Her words sum up the importance of the spiritual father in the lives of Orthodox Christians of 5th century Ireland, and even the Orthodox Christians of the modern world. They are called upon to heal the wounds of both body and soul and, most importantly, they help the individual on the road to theosis, or the ultimate attainment of union with God.