It is said that, in Orthodoxy, the road to formal recognition of a person as a Saint begins with local veneration by the people. Father Seraphim is loved in our home and we even have an Icon of him in our family Icon corner.
It is in that same attitude of local veneration that I, and some friends, have gone to St. Herman’s Monastery in Platina, CA where Fr. Seraphim is buried to commemorate this man who followed Christ Jesus. To remember him and the example that he set for us. And to ask his prayers.
I go to venerate Fr. Seraphim amidst a time of spiritual struggle in my own life. I would like to think that if Fr. Seraphim were still walking the Earth today that he would understand the questions and the struggles that seem to keep popping up within me; based on the following quote, I think he would.
“Orthodoxy is so rich. It has such beautiful externals, which are not just entirely externals—they also partake of the essence of Orthodoxy, of course. But it’s very easy, Fr. Seraphim used to tell me, to get distracted by these externals. It’s very easy to think that, because we are following all the fasting rules and because we know the Typicon and so forth, we are actually living an Orthodox way of life, whereas we may not be at all. If Christ is not there behind all that, then it’s a waste of time: it’s a beautiful waste of time, but it’s a waste of time nonetheless. For Fr. Seraphim, however, Christ was always there, behind everything. And when Fr. Seraphim breathed his last, Christ was there to receive his soul. Amen.”
–Hieromonk Ambrose (formerly Priest Alexey Young)
Father Seraphim, please pray for us all.
(Quote taken from the talk: Personal Reminiscences of Father Seraphim Rose)