The erudition of St Nikolai Velimirovich (1880-1956), one of the most prolific writers in the history of the Serbian Orthodox Church, impresses everyone either familiar or unfamiliar with his works. Besides receiving the highest priestly education in Serbia before World War I, he also earned doctorates throughout his life from universities all over the world, including those of Berne in Switzerland, Oxford in Britain and Columbia in America.
Yet for all his scholarly learning, St Nikolai never lost touch with the childlike simplicity of his Serbian soul, and it is this which makes his works so preciously unique. They reach into the heart, mind and soul of every human being who thrists for God and hungers for what matters in the eyes of eternity.
Steeped in Christ-like love and humility, but tempered by the tempestuous trials and tribulation endured by the Serbian People over the centuries, the colossal spiritual figure of St Nikolai dominated the realm of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality in the twentieth century.
His most famous disciple was the great Serbian theologian, hagiographer and dogmatician, St Justin Popvich (1894-1979), whose works include a monumental three-volume exposition of the dogmatic theology of the Orthodox Church and a comprehensive twelve-volume collection of the Lives of the Saints. -- Backcover
"This world is a sick man, whom sin has made sick, for sin is a sickness and to scorn sinners is to scorn the sick. With prayer our healer walks around the grievously sick patient, with prayer he walks and with prayer he heals and makes whole. Do not scorn sinners but pray for them. Feel pity and compassion for every creature, but do not condemn. Expand and deepen your soul with prayer and you will begin to cry over the mystery of the world bitterly and vehemently....." Father Justin Popvic (pp.4-5)
Author: St Nikolai Velimirovich