Talk:Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

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Can someone confirm that St. Nikodemos translated Loyola's Spiritual Exercises? I know that he published a book called that, but do not know where the author of the article is getting his source information.

I'll just add that it's a shame that the article is so short on Orthodox Wiki when even wikipedia has much more useful and accurate information about this saint and father of the Church.


Please be sure to sign your posts, and please don't assume that information is inaccurate simply because you are unaware of it. I have seen multiple references to the Saint's translation of the work in question. One citation is Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, "St Nikodimos and the Philokalia", in Mount Athos the Sacred Bridge: The Spirituality of the Holy Mountain (2005). The Metropolitan writes: "In addition to the Combattimento Spirituale of Scupoli, Nikodimos produced a Greek edition of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, using the expanded version of Gianpetro Pinamonti. Nikodimos's widely respected work on confession, Exomologitarion, is also for the most part a direct translation of two books by another Roman Catholic writer, Paulo Segneri, ...." (p. 91). --Fr Lev 07:40, October 17, 2010 (UTC)

Ah, I see. Did not make such assumption, Fr. Lev. Did you know that this western source hypothesis for the Exomologetarion has been debunked? Check out the introduction to its english translation by Fr. George Metallinos, who mentions this fact and the scholar that did this. It is good to know you found a source, though. isaakios 18:36, October 17, 2010

Sorry if I misunderstood your remark to the effect that this article was less accurate than the Wikipedia article. Also, I should have pointed out the source that was already in the article, under the Sources section, namely, the Yannaras volume. I'll check Fr George's intro. --Fr Lev 00:34, October 18, 2010 (UTC)

Please do! Our article should be much better than Wikipedia's, I think. We should include the blessed one's labors in restoring the practice of commemoration services on Saturdays, in his encyclopedic knowledge of the Scriptures, Fathers, and Canons, in his profound synthesis of "akribeia" and "oikonomia" and his zealous defense of Orthodox patristic ecclesiology. We might also mention that his authority as a patristic witness is ubiquitous throughout the Orthodox world, except in some places in America and Europe. I would also appreciate some confirmation that in fact the book entitled "Spiritual Exercises" that he composed is identical to Ignatius of Loyola's work, or is based upon it. If so, fine, but sure if it's true we can find something else that confirms it. We might also discuss the animosity that Yannaras has against St. Nikodemos, and quote from Fr. George Metallinos' fine introduction to the Exomologetarion, as well as Bishop Basil of Wichita's Preface to same. Those are my suggestions. We need more than: "He wrote the Philokalia but otherwise was a Jesuit in a klobuk." Forgive my frankness, it just seems that the article as yet does not capture exactly why the conscience of the Church elevated him for both the Orthodoxy of his teachings as well as the sanctity of his life. isaakios 22:25, October 17, 2010

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