Category Archives: St. Seraphim of Sarov

Born: 19 July 1754 in Kursk, Russia
Reposed: 2 January 1833 in Sarov, Russia
Feast Day: 2 January

St. Seraphim of Sarov: . . . The Lord revealed to me that their souls were having difficulty . . .

Icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov“Two nuns passed on. Both had been abbesses. The Lord revealed to me that their souls were having difficulty getting through the aerial toll-houses. Three days and nights, I, a lowly sinner, prayed and begged the Mother of God for their salvation. The goodness of the Lord, through the prayers of the Most Holy Mother of God, finally had mercy upon them. They passed the aerial toll-houses and received forgiveness of sins.”

– St. Seraphim of Sarov

St. Seraphim of Sarov: The Lord sometimes allows people who are devoted . . .

Icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov“The Lord sometimes allows people who are devoted to Him to fall into such dreadful vices; and this is in order to prevent them from falling into a still greater sin–pride.

Your temptation will pass and you will spend the remaining days of your life in humility. Only do not forget your sin.”

– St. Seraphim of Sarov

St. Seraphim of Sarov: One should nourish the soul with the word of God . . .

Icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov“One should nourish the soul with the word of God: for the word of God, as St. Gregory the Theologian says, is angelic bread, by which are nourished souls who hunger for God. Most of all, one should occupy oneself with reading the New Testament and the Psalter, which one should do standing up. From this there occurs an enlightenment in the mind, which is in the mind, which is changed by a Divine change.”

– St. Seraphim of Sarov, Spiritual Instructions

St. Seraphim of Sarov: Excessive care about worldly matters . . .

Icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov“Excessive care about worldly matters is characteristic of an unbelieving and fainthearted person, and woe to us, if, in taking care of ourselves, we do not use as our foundation our faith in God, who cares for us! If we do not attribute visible blessings to Him, which we use in this life, then how can we expect those blessings from Him which are promised in the future? We will not be of such little faith. By the words of our Savior, it is better first to seek the Kingdom of God, for the rest shall be added unto us (see Mt. 6:33).”

– St. Seraphim of Sarov

St. Seraphim of Sarov: When a man receives something Divine . . .

Icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov“When a man receives something Divine, in his heart he rejoices; but when he receives something diabolic, he is disturbed. The Christian heart, when it has received something Divine, does not demand anything else in order to convince it that this is precisely from the Lord; but by that very effect it is convinced that this is heavenly, for it senses within itself spiritual fruits: love, joy, peace, and the rest (cf. Gal. 5:22).”

– St. Seraphim of Sarov, Little Russian Philokalia: Vol. I

St. Seraphim of Sarov: There is nothing better than peace in Christ . . .

Icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov“There is nothing better than peace in Christ, for it brings victory over all the evil spirits on earth and in the air. When peace dwells in a man’s heart it enables him to contemplate the grace of the Holy Spirit from within. He who dwells in peace collects spiritual gifts as it were with a scoop, and he sheds the light of knowledge on others. All our thoughts, all our desires, all our efforts, and all our actions should make us say constantly with the Church: “O Lord, give us peace!” When a man lives in peace, God reveals mysteries to him..”

– St. Seraphim of Sarov

St. Seraphim of Sarov: The fact that I am a monk . . .

Icon of St. Seraphim of Sarov“The fact that I am a monk and you are a layman is of no importance. The Lord listens equally to the monk and to the man of the world provided both are true believer. He looks for a heart full of true faith into which to send his Spirit. For the heart of a man is capable of containing the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of God are one.”

– St. Seraphim of Sarov