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October 03 , 2009

Father Sergius


Stepan Kasatsky was a prideful, handsome and intelligent man who wanted to excel in whatever he undertook. He was very persistent and always successful. When, while in the army, he decided to rise high in rank, he succeeded. When he wanted to enter the top levels of society by marrying a princess, she accepted him. But then she told him that she had been the mistress of the emperor and his pride forced him abandon her and the military and leave to become a priest and assume the name Father Sergius.

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Tolstoy tells the tale of his priesthood, how he rose to higher and higher positions, but while he had pride and was driven by it, he had no faith and was constantly bothered by sexual temptations. Once, when a young woman tried to seduce him, he avoided the temptation by a horrible disfiguring act of "piety" that saved him and caused the girl to enter a nunnery. Soon, as could be expected with all his successes, he became a famous hermit known for the healing powers of his prayers.

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