Silouan the Athonite (January 17, 1866 – September 24, 1938) was an Eastern Orthodox monk of Russian origin, born Simeon Ivanovich Antonov.
At the age of twenty-seven, after a period of military service, he left his native Russia and came to the monastic state of Mt. Athos in Greece, where he was given the name Silouan (the Russian version of the Biblical name Silvanus.)
An ardent ascetic, he received the grace of unceasing prayer and saw Christ in a vision. After long years of spiritual trial, he acquired great humility and inner stillness.
Though barely literate, he was sought out by pilgrims for his wise counsel. He prayed and wept for the whole world as for himself, and he put the highest value on love for enemies.
His writings were edited by his disciple and pupil, Archimandrite Sophrony, in the book Saint Silouan the Athonite.
Starets Silouan was canonized in 1987 and his memory is celebrated on September 24.
Quotes from St. Silouan
Those who dislike and reject their fellow-man are impoverished in their being. They do not know the true God, who is all-embracing love.
The soul that is in all things devoted to the will of God rests quiet in Him, for she knows of experience and from the Holy Scriptures that the Lord loves us much and watches over our souls, quickening all things by His grace in peace and love. Nothing troubles the man who is given over to the will of God, be it illness, poverty, or persecution.
Understand two thoughts, and fear them. One says, "You are a saint," and the other, "You won't be saved." Both of these thoughts are from the enemy, and there is no truth in them. But think this way: I am a great sinner, but the Lord is merciful. He loves people very much, and He will forgive my sins.