One day a nun from the nearby convent of Diveyevo, coming to visit St. Seraphim at his hermitage in the woods near Sarov, found the old monk being visited by a bear. Terrified, the nun let out a scream. The staretz responded by patting the bear and sending it away, but when the nun came to sit beside the elder, the bear returned and lay down by Seraphim's feet. I was as terrified as before, the nun later recorded, but when I saw Father Seraphim, quite unconcerned, treating the bear like a lamb, stroking him and giving him bread, I calmed down. Her fear left her entirely. (Source)
This icon is a gem. There is intimacy in this depiction of St. Seraphim's world and I feel included within it. And I truly hope the bear was a reality in his life-for the bear and for St. Seraphim. Feel the peace.
Love it! I keep it next to my bed.
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