Author/Artist: Schema-abbot John
Publisher: St. Vladimirs Seminary Pr.
First published: 2001
In 1955 a group of Father John's desciples decided to collect as many as possible of his letters and to publish them.
He said: "If you think that someone can profit from them, do it, as you so wish."
In 1962 the letters were published in Russian in Paris in the magazine called Vetsnoje.
The letters form only a small part of the vast correspondence of Father John.
Here is a short extract form the book:
In our Monastery life goes silently on although the brothers are quite old, just like in an old peoples home, one older than the other. If I am alive in July I will be 79 - a respectable age, and I am ready to enter eternity. I thank God that I have lived to such an old age and that he has allowed me, a sinner, to live all my life in a monastery. I have not had to experience the worldly life, full of deceit, vainglory, lies and pride. Can anyone amidst these sins feel peace and tranquillity in their souls? Surely not."
Reijo Oksanen, Switzerland
Guy Hoffman, United States