The Threshold: Trials at the Crossroads of Eternity - (St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, 2023)

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Death is a great sacrament. It is the birth of a person from this earthly, temporary life, into eternity. In this third volume of St Ignatius’s collected works, published here in English for the first time, the saint examines the mystical boundaries that govern the life of a Christian: the one, between life and death; and the other, between the visible, physical realm and the invisible to most, but no less real, spiritual realm. Included in this volume is St Ignatius’s “ Homily on Death,” one of his most popular works in his native Russia and often published separately. The reader will also encounter St Ignatius’ s teachings on the nature of the soul and the essence of the incorporeal beings, the latter theologoumena being a point of contention between the author and his contemporary, St Theophan the Recluse.