“And he who wants more Grace, must prepare himself better for temptations.”
When Saint Seraphim was a young Monk, he once again became extremely sick and was healed by the Mother of God when she appeared to him, together with the Holy Apostles Peter and John the Theologian. The Most Holy Mother of God, tenderly pointing to the Holy Monk, said to Saint John, “He is one of our kind.”
“A lofty and sound Soul does not despair over misfortunes, of whatever sort they may be. Our life is as it were a house of temptations and trials; but we will not renounce the Lord for as long as He allows the tempter to remain with us and for as long as we must wait to be revived through patience and secure passionless!”
Saint Seraphim was blessed to often see Holy Angels serving the Divine Liturgy with the Priests. On Holy Thursday one year, he also saw our Lord Jesus Christ blessing all the people in the Church, and He then entered His Icon next to the Royal Doors.
“When mind and heart are united in Prayer and the Soul is wholly concentrated in a single desire for God, then the heart grows warm and the Light of Christ begins to shine and fills the inward man with peace and joy. We should thank the Lord for everything and give ourselves up to His Will; we should also offer Him all our thoughts and words, and strive to make everything serve only His good pleasure.”