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Saint Seraphim (Sobolev), Archbishop of Bogucharsk and Wonderworker of Sofia (+ 1950)
The age-old enemy of our salvation, as if sensing in advance what a powerful and implacable adversary he would have in the person of Vladyka Seraphim, tried to destroy him while still in his mother’s womb. She had an extremely difficult and painful labor, and the doctors determined it would be necessary to operate-to extract the infant piece by piece in order to save the mother’s life. At this moment she regained consciousness and, on learning of the doctor’s decision, with an oath forbade her husband to permit the murder of her child.
St. John Chrysostom teaches us: “Virtue is linked to labor and pain. Which virtue would be given to you, and what reward will you receive if you do not labor first?” Homily 36 on John
-From book “Marriage: A Spiritual Arena