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[[Image:silouanicon.jpg|[[Icon]] of St Silouan the Athonite|thumb|right]]'''Saint Silouan''' was born Simeon Ivanovich Antonov in 1866 to Russian Orthodox parents who came from the village of Sovsk in Russia's Tambov region. At the age of twenty-seven he left his native Russia and came to [[Mount Athos]], where he became a [[monk]] at the Monastery of St. Panteleimon and was given the name ''Silouan'', the Russian version of the [[Bible|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. He prayed and wept for the whole world as for himself, and he put the highest value on love for enemies. Thomas Merton, a twentieth-century [[Roman Catholic|Catholic]] monk, described Silouan as “the most authentic monk of the twentieth century.” St Silouan died on [[September 24]], 1938. His memory is celebrated the same day.
Though barely literate, he was sought out by pilgrims for his wise counsel. His writings were edited by his disciple and pupil, [[Archimandrite Sophrony]]. Father Sophrony has written the life of the saint along with a record of St. Silouan's teachings in the book ''Saint Silouan the Athonite''.
*''Saint Silouan the Athonite'' by [[Archimandrite Sophrony]]. Publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. ISBN-10: 0881411957.