Thursday, January 10, 2008


Having thoroughly read through the first five chapters a good half dozen times, I have decided this year to go ahead and move on through the rest of the Brother’s Karamozov by Dostoyevsky. To be honest, I feel a little sheepish that is has taken me so long to do so. I mean, really, it's a literary treasure chock full of Orthodox Spirituality. I’ve met Orthodox converts who were drawn to the Faith solely by the contents of this novel.

See, what happens is, I sit down with all 822 pages, get started and then frequently interrupted by requests for dinner, clean clothes, homework help, etc. and then I put the book down for a month or so, opting rather for something more useful, like an umpteenth perusal of the three-year-old Good Housekeeping article on how to clean anything in under a minute.

It turns out that acquiring a taste for excellence takes some discipline and forethought, but I’m here to hopefully prove to you and to myself that it is worth it. As a special treat, my Close to Home podcast this week will offer a radio drama of sorts. I am reading ( in my best radio voice) a passage from The Brothers Karamozov. This excerpt involves Father Zossima, a much loved and revered Orthodox elder of a well-known Russian Monastary and a peasant woman, having made a pilgrimage to see him, asking for Spiritual counseling after the death of her four children due to various illnesses. If there is anyone in your life you fear losing then I hope that you will find this text to be as wrenching, victorious and prayer provoking as I do.

Click HERE to listen to this podcast in its entirety.

This is a service of Ancient Faith Radio.


Anonymous said...

wow. that was beautiful. (i definitely shed a tear). now I have to go and re-read Dostoyevsky because last time (years ago), I did not have the Orthodox perspective but was doing it for my mom's contentment that her daughter is an "educated Russian" :)
Thank you!

Kelleylynn said...

Thank you for your delightful read...
Brothers Karamozov has been on my list to finish too along with the never-ending laundry, cleaning, cooking but you are right, it is all a little less insignifigant compared to the words you just read.

H and S said...

Thanks for the beautiful podcast Molly. I cried. Now I'm going to buy the book.

Molly Sabourin said...

Well let's all read it together! I'd love to get your feedback!