About three and a half years ago, I wrote about how Father Seraphim’s prayers for me regarding a particular matter about prayer had been answered (and here). More recently, I’ve asked Father Seraphim’s intercessions on some other matters. God saw fit to answer his prayers for me regarding some physical healings of minor ailments (in one case practically instantly).
Father Seraphim’s intercessions for others are documented in his biography by Hieromonk Damascence: Father Seraphim Rose: His Life and Writings, as well as in The Orthodox Word Issue #254, May-June 2007, Vol. 43 No. 3.
Recently, I was discussing Father Seraphim with some fellow parishioners. I told them how, after Father Patrick had given me an indication that he would bless my taking Father Seraphim as one of my patron saints, I’d written to a hermit devoted to Father Seraphim for copies of one of Father Seraphim’s lectures. The hermit had indeed sent the CDs, and then, without any mention on my part of what I thought about Father Seraphim or my esteem for him, also sent oil from Father Seraphim’s vigil lamp and soil from his grave. What a marvelous providence.
One of the parishioners also shared a picture of Father Seraphim’s biographer, with some remarkable footwear. It seems that Hieromonk Damascene has been blessed to wear the boots Father Seraphim was wont to wear. In 28 years since Father Seraphim’s repose, the boots remain in good shape.
It is my hope to one day travel to Platina to visit Father Seraphim’s grave and to pray there, and if God wills, his cell. And perhaps to be blessed to meet his biographer, Hieromonk Damascene and speak with him about the the life and witness of Father Seraphim.
[Note: if you click on the category link “Fr. Seraphim (Rose) of Platina” on the right hand side of this blog, you’ll see all the posts on my blog related to Fr Seraphim.]