"The goal of Christian life is the acquisition of the grace of the
This popular saying of St. Seraphim of Sarov serves as the basis for his teaching
on the spiritual life. It is especially relevant for the faithful of contemporary
society who strive to lead spiritual lives. His teaching is today attracting
a remarkable amount of attention. The attraction of his teaching lies in the
very practical way he presents the heights of Orthodox Christian spiritual life
as being open and accessible to all. Whatever one's status in life or position
within the Church, every faithful member of the Body of Christ possesses the
same potential for acquiring the grace of the Holy Spirit. St. Seraphim is noted
for the distinct character of his message, which is especially relevant to the
needs of contemporary man.
The Joy of the Holy includes new translations of the Conversation with
Motovilov and the Spiritual Instructions by Sergei D. Arhipov.
Softbound. 167 pp.