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La vârsta de 18 ani Serafim a hotărât să devină [[călugăr]]. mama lui l-a binecuvântat şi i-a dăruit o [[cruce]] de aramă, pe care a purtat-o peste haine toată viaţa. Astfel a intrat la [[mănăstirea]] Sarov ca [[novice]].
Monastic Life=== From day one in the monastery, exceptional abstinence from food and slumber were the distinguishing features of his life. He ate once a day, and little. On Wednesdays and Fridays he ate nothing. After asking the blessing of his [ [starets]], i.e., a spiritual elder, he began to withdraw often into the forest for prayer and religious contemplation. He became severely ill again soon after, and was forced to spend most of the course of the next three years lying down.
St. Seraphim was once again healed by the Most Holy Virgin Mary, who appeared to him accompanied by several saints. Pointing to the [[venerable]] Seraphim, the Holy Virgin said to the [[Apostle]] [[John the Theologian]]: "He is of our lineage." Then, by touching his side with her staff, she healed him.