Also, the idea that general sanctity is so low that real sainthood and real clairvoyance are gone is perhaps too terrible for some to contemplate. We fantasize about what it was like in pre-revolutionary Russia, or on Mount Athos back when it really was a bastion of Orthodoxy, and we simply can't accept that those days are gone, since if that were true, then perhaps the last days really are upon us. I'm not saying this is necessarily the case; maybe there will be a real revival and return to higher spiritual standards.
I suppose what I'm getting at is that Fr Seraphim's life is perhaps the best that can be done in our age, but we shouldn't fool ourselves into thinking that this is all there is to it.
Actually to say real sainthood is gone is a misconception. There was time when the monasteries of Mount Athos and throughout Greece were dying out, but that has changed in the past decades. There are quite a few elders that seem to surpass even the saints of the past centuries in the 'gifts' God has bestowed on them. There is a major push lately for the Elder Paissios to be glorified because of the many miracles that have come about through his intercession. I'm reading now an interesting book by Dionysius Farasiotis that has been translated into English titled: The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios.
Equal to him in magtitude was his spritual father the Elder Porphyrios. He was able to see into the earth when looking for water, and knew exactly how far they had to dig. He was also able to see through mountains, and called these charisms; the gift of clear sight. These saints as well as lesser ones could read people's souls and their thoughts as well. I know the Elder Aimilianos was able to bi-locate, and could be in two places at the same time. Other than these great saints, there have been numerous lesser saints, which I'm sure exist in Serbia, Russia, Romania and Bulgaria as well.
It seems the Orthodox here are in some kind of a rush to have an American born saint, but sorry, they'll just have to wait a little longer. There are bound to be quite a few in the making in the monasteries of the Elder Ephraim.