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Offline Justin Kissel

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In What Talk/Book/Etc. Did St. Seraphim of Sarov...
« on: February 01, 2013, 09:17:30 PM »
In what talk (publication) did St. Seraphim say: "Acquire a peaceful spirit, and around you thousands will be saved"?
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Re: In What Talk/Book/Etc. Did St. Seraphim of Sarov...
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2013, 09:29:49 PM »
I could be mistaken but if memory serves it may be found in the conversation with Motovilov. I am away from my library so I can't verify at the moment. But it can be found in Fedotov's Treasury of Russian Spirituality. Also probably available online.
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Re: In What Talk/Book/Etc. Did St. Seraphim of Sarov...
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2013, 09:34:00 PM »
That's where I thought it was from (the conversation with Motovilov), but I checked two online sources and neither had it from what I could see. I saw lots of quotes on blogs and wikis and such, but no citations. That's what I need though, a specific citation/reference.
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Re: In What Talk/Book/Etc. Did St. Seraphim of Sarov...
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2013, 11:44:54 PM »
In what talk (publication) did St. Seraphim say: "Acquire a peaceful spirit, and around you thousands will be saved"?

 I think it might have been his book, "The Acquisition of the Holy Spirit."  I have it on my Nook, so it'll take a while to search the text.
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Re: In What Talk/Book/Etc. Did St. Seraphim of Sarov...
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2013, 10:54:06 AM »
If you find it and can post reference info it'd be much appreciated.  :)  I'd like to use the quote in a paper for a class, and would prefer having an actual reference rather than having to point to some unsourced quote on a wiki page as my source.
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Re: In What Talk/Book/Etc. Did St. Seraphim of Sarov...
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2013, 11:03:43 AM »
Maybe it's like those phantom quotes on the internet? Somebody just made it up at some point?

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Re: In What Talk/Book/Etc. Did St. Seraphim of Sarov...
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2013, 11:05:54 AM »
I believe the quote comes from some of his Icons, not his writings.
I would be happy to agree with you, but then both of us would be wrong.

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Re: In What Talk/Book/Etc. Did St. Seraphim of Sarov...
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2013, 11:19:09 AM »
Well that's possible (both thoughts), huh...

In any event, if you can't easily find it Gabriel I can use the quote from this book (which quotes it); I'd like to have something more substantive to base it on, but beggars can't be choosers I suppose :)
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