Saint Silouan wished to receive a Blessing from Saint John of Kronstadt to become a Monk, and to ask for his Prayers. He travelled to visit him, however Saint John was absent at the time of his arrival. Saint Silouan wrote a note and left it for Saint John, it read… “Father, I wish to become a Monk. Pray that the world does not detain me.” Saint Silouan recalled that the very next day he felt that all round him “the flames of hell were burning.” After many years when Saint Silouan would recount this feeling he said “I still marvel at the power of his Prayer. Almost 40 years have passed, yet I have not seen anyone serve the way he did.”
Saint Silouan loved Christ with his whole heart and dedicated his life to Prayer. He was Tonsured a Monk and fulfilled his Monastic Obediences in humility and always with Prayer in his heart.
“When the Soul knows the Love of God by the Holy Spirit, then he clearly feels that the Lord is our own Father, the closest, dearest Father, the best. And there is not greater happiness than to love God with all the mind and heart, and our neighbour as ourself. And when this love is in the Soul, then all things bring joy to the Soul.”