Icon of St. Theophan the Recluse - 20th c. - (1TH60)

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St. Theophan the Recluse (+1894)

Commemorated on January 6 or January 10

Also:  Theophanes

St. Theophan was Russian and lived between 1815 and 1894.  He was a prolific writer especially on Christian life and the training of youth in the faith.

Some of his quotes include:

  • "Descend with your attention into the heart, stand there before the Lord and admit nothing sinful to enter there. In this is the entire activity of inner warfare."
  • "Attention to that which transpires in the heart and proceeds from it - this is the chief activity of the proper Christian life."
  • "God abandons no one. For Him all are children. None are stepchildren. And the hard occasions and situations - all is sent for our benefit."