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.
On another matter, when I was at our Holy Apostles Mission in Beltsville, MD, Matushka Deborah Johnson gave a copy of the new Law of God that you edited. It is truly the best book I have see for instructing adults in the faith, both those from outside and those in the Church. Perhaps she has already ordered copies.
This book contains wonderful, mysterious words—words concerning the Creator of the ages Himself. All Christians are baptized in His name—the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In Him they have life and in Him they place their hope. Indeed, is anything more important than to strive for the knowledge of Him, for union with Him, for the constant contemplation of Him? God has not abandoned men in ignorance: He entrusted…
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.