Wanting to further his spiritual efforts and devote himself to silence and Prayer, Saint Seraphim received the blessing to live alone, three and a half miles from the Monastery, in a remote part of the forest. He named his new home Mount Athos, and spent his time reading the Holy Gospel, the Holy Fathers and Service books. Saint Seraphim learnt many Church Hymns by heart, and sang them while cultivating a garden around his cell, and working in the forest.
“True hope seeks the Kingdom of God alone and is convinced that everything Earthly that is necessary for this transitory life will unfailingly be given. The heart cannot have peace until it acquires this hope. This hope pacifies it fully and brings joy to it. The most Holy lips of the Saviour spoke about this very hope: “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).”
“The Jesus Prayer is a golden thread that will not let a Christian go astray!”