Wisdom on prayer from St Ambrose of Optina

Wisdom on prayer from St Ambrose of Optina

-St. Ambrose of Optina (lived 1812-1891) was a clairvoyant Russian monk and staretz (elder) whom thousands of pilgrims came to for pastoral and spiritual advice. Beginning in 1860, he served as the igumen, or spiritual superior, of the renowned Optina Monastery for over thirty years until his death. In 1884 he founded the Shamordino convent, where he pursued a policy of allowing all women to stay who sought spiritual discernment and refuge at the monastery, even the blind and the deaf. He was named in honor of St Ambrose, (lived c. 330-397), venerated by both East and West, a fourth century Doctor of the Church and archbishop of Milan. He profoundly inspired Fyodor Dostoevsky, who based his character Fr. Zossima in “Brothers Karamazov” off the holy monk.

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