“…A monk like me, fleeing the glory of men, will come and live on Spruce Island. -- St. Herman of Alaska
This prophecy was fulfilled 100 years later in the person of Father Gerasim (1888–1969), who lived a hermitic way of life on Spruce Island, Alaska, for 30 years, praying alone for the world. His standard was Christianity of the heart.
Father Gerasim of New Valaam includes a preliminary Life of this righteous confessor, together with selections from his letters and three of his articles, all of which are largely autobiographical. From his words there emerges a warm, loving and endearing man, close to God’s creation. At the same time, we see him as a bearer of the holy tradition of Optina Monastery, a true knower of God to whom contact with the other world was a common reality.
Author: Archimandrite Gerasim