Author: Archimandrite Seraphim (Aleksiev)
Where have we gone wrong that we suffer so meaninglessly? Father Seraphim answers this question with penetrating clarity and with a compassion which warms the heart, helping us to come to the point where "quiet hope has taken the place of the bitter despair of suffering, and suffering is not unbearably heavy anymore, because it gives birth to sweet fruit. Along with the current lack of belief and faith in God, truly the most piteous of all suffering is the lack of repentance--and therefore the lack of love. Repentance leads to the gateway of heaven and not only alleviates the anguish of suffering but actually transforms this suffering into the intense joy of being reunited with out Lord Jesus Christ. THE MEANING OF SUFFERING and STRIFE AND RECONCLIATION is presented as a two-volume sequel to "The Forgotten Medicine." These volumes reflect a depth of insight and experience which can touch the souls of all those in the world today who are hungry for God--! from an outstanding contemporary pastor, spiritual writer and theologian.