Young Saint Seraphim wanted to devote his life entirely to God and live in a Monastery. His mother gave him her blessing for this, and she also gave her son a copper Cross, as a blessing for his life as a Monastic. Saint Seraphim wore this Cross for the rest of his life.
“We must let the Holy Spirit into our hearts. Everything good that we are doing for Christ’s sake renders us the Holy Spirit, but most of all it is achieved through a Prayer, which is always in our hands.”
Below is a photo of Saint Seraphim’s Cross.
Saint Seraphim was Ordained a Monk and a Deacon and lived in a Monastery.
“In spite of our sinfulness, in spite of the darkness surrounding our Souls, the Grace of the Holy Spirit, conferred by Baptism in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, still shines in our hearts with the Inextinguishable Light of Christ… and when the sinner turns to the way of repentance the Light smooths away every trace of the sins committed, clothing the former sinner in the garments of incorruption, spun of the Grace of the Holy Spirit. It is this acquisition of the Holy Spirit about which I have been speaking.”
In the Monastery, Saint Seraphim fulfilled all his obediences with zeal and love. He was humble and Prayerful while he kept busy spiritually and physically, as though serving the Lord Himself.
“Every success in anything, we should refer to the Lord and with the Prophet saying, ‘Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your Name give Glory.’ (Psalm 1113:9)”