In this book over three hundred sayings of Orthodox saints from twelve different countries are collected. Their words express spiritual experience tested by the ages. Their words contain many answers about what happens with us and those near to us. The saints show that divine righteousness is joined to our everyday life. This righteousness of God has transfigured millions of people around the world, and has brought many of them to holiness and perfection….
As relatives and spiritual children of Fr. Daniel, we had access to his email correspondence. We made it available to Fr. Daniel’s friend, missionary priest Georgy Maximov, who compiled his answers to various people and categorized them by subject. The result is the work you are now holding—a collection of letters sim-ilar to the Missionary Letters of Saint Nikolai Velimirovich.
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him (1 Jn. 4:16). Hence, this love is the core of perfection. Love is the source of trust in God: a person who does not trust God has never truly loved Him and cannot do His will, which is able to lead us out of our wandering in the darkness of this world. This booklet describes the paths to divine love, on which a person learns to do God’s will.
The essence of God is fully known to three alone: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All others know only what God reveals to them about Himself, diminishing His power, as it were, in order to become accessible to us. We address Him by the names “He That Is,” “Ancient of Days,” “Life,” “Most Wise,” “Good,” and others, each of which emphasizes a particular facet of divine perfection.
This question is the subject of a tremendous number of myths and fancies, and frequently of outright heretical perceptions. If we turn to Holy Scripture we will see that God is the Ruler of all things. When He shows His merciful face, all nature flourishes, whereas when He turns away in wrath all things collapse and crumble.
The concept of the fear of God has unfortunately become unpopular in our time. Yet as Scripture says, The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Ps. 110:10). These words are so important that the Word of God repeats them on numerous occasions. The path of Christian life begins with turning away from evil, and it continues with doing good.