Andrei Bloom (1914-2003) better known as Anthony Bloom, or
Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, led an extraordinary life. He was
an individual who sought to be in touch with his God yet in
solidarity with and responsibility for a tragically disconnected
society; a man of God who "knew the world". From the difficulties
of Russian emigre life that conditioned him as "a monk without a
monastery", through the trials and suffering of war and revolution,
to his calling as Priest and Bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church
in Great Britain, he moved between many changing landscapes,
striving always to take his bearings in prayer and contemplation.
In spite of the collapse of their whole way of life, his parents
brought him up to be a generous and courteous friend to those
around him. As a surgeon and doctor in German-occupied France, he
would provide treatment to those in need irrespective of ethnic or
ideological affiliation. In his character, joy in the good and the
beautiful was compounded with ardor and tragic depths. This
biography explores how Metropolitan Anthony sought the mind of
Christ to cultivate and control his own loving heart and
occasionally harsh exigence. Avril Pyman draws on a mosaic of
available evidence to offer deeper insight into the life and times
of a remarkable spiritual teacher, charismatic speaker and priest
whose cosmopolitan background, character and experience of science
and medicine made a unique and significant contribution to Orthodox
Christian thought and practice throughout the world.
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