In Petersburg in the eighteen-forties a surprising event occurred. An officer of the Cuirassier Life Guards, a handsome prince who everyone. ”Father Sergius,” the Russian film that opens today at the Film Forum, It’s Leo Tolstoy’s posthumously published novella, adapted and. Father Sergius [Leo Tolstoy] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who .

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But there were moments when all that made up his present life suddenly grew dim before him, moments when, if he did not cease to believe in the aims he had set himself, he ceased to see them and could evoke no confidence in them but was seized by a remembrance of, and — terrible to say — a regret for, the change of life he had made. She went through the little porch into the cell where he lived.

Father Sergius

It all pleased her — even that smell. And now he had brought her fourteen hundred versts and she was waiting in the hostelry till Father Sergius should give orders to bring her. Kasatsky belonged to those men of the eighteen-forties they are now no longer to dergius found who while deliberately and without any conscientious scruples condoning impurity in themselves, required ideal and angelic purity in their women, regarded all unmarried women of their circle swrgius possessed of such purity, and treated them accordingly.

His life in solitude was hard — not on account of the fasts and the prayers they were no hardship to tolsoy but on account of an inner conflict he had not at all anticipated. I was particularly useless and helpless. But there was no one to pray to. He knew the town where she lived.


Father Sergius admitted anyone, but a selection was made by the monk in attendance and by an assistant who was sent to the hermitage every day from the monastery. The mother left with her son, and a month later the boy recovered, and the fame of the holy healing power of the starets Sergius as they now called him spread throughout the whole district.

He could not but agree with this, but the more he gave himself tolstiy to such a life the more he felt that what was internal became external, and that the fount of living water within him dried up, and that what he did now was done more and more for men and less and less for God.

Is she still as unhappy as she was then when she had to show us how to swim on the floor?

Holiness is Being a Vagabond: Reflections on Tolstoy’s “Father Sergius”

He stepped back from the window and looked at an icon of the Saviour in His crown of thorns. At first he was in doubt, but afterwards this indecision passed. If many of the demands of life in the monastery, which was near the capital and much frequented, did not please him and were temptations to him, they were all nullified by obedience: The room smelt strangely of perspiration and of earth. A year later she entered a convent as a novice, and lived a strict life under the direction of the hermit Arseny, who wrote letters to her at long intervals.

All was damp and gloomy and a cold early wind was blowing from the west.

But Father Sergius, remembering the words of the Gospel: This was Countess Korotkova. I stayed there when I was defending Makhin.


And little by little God began to reveal Himself within him. Yes, one good deed — a cup of water given without thought of reward lo is worth more than any benefit I imagined I was bestowing on people. She soon came back with a boy of two in her arms, who threw himself backwards and grabbed at fathr shawl with his little hands. Kasatsky proposed and was accepted.

He had lived there eighteen years.

And then Mitya fell ill when he was already in the fourth form, and God took him. She talked to him and asked him to visit her. He rose, but she would not let him go until she had given him bread and butter and rusks.

Father Sergius / Leo Tolstoy

After that, not a week passed without sick people coming, riding or on foot, to Father Sergius; and having acceded to one petition he could not refuse others, and he laid his hands on many and prayed. And here comes your letter. As it was, he not only bore it all joyfully but found in it solace and support. The absurdity of it struck her and she began to laugh almost inaudibly. Sep 5, Reply.

Apart from his main vocation, which was the service of his Tsar and the fatherland, he always set himself some particular aim, and however unimportant it was, devoted himself completely to it and lived for it until it was accomplished.