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"Părinte," întrebă Motovilov, "cum aş putea vedea harul Sfântului Duh? Cum pot să-mi dau seama dacă este întru mine sau nu?"
Sf. Serafim a început să-i explice prin pilde din vieţile sfinţilor şi apostolilor
d apostles, but Motovilov still did not understand. The elder then firmly took him by the shoulder and said to him, " We are both now, my dear fellow, in the Holy Spirit." It was as if Motovilov’s eyes had been opened, for he saw that the face of the elder was brighter than the sun. In his heart Motovilov felt joy and peace, in his body a warmth as if it were summer, and a fragrance began to spread around them. Motovilov was terrified by the unusual change, but especially by the fact that the face of the starets shone like the sun. But St. Seraphim said to him, "Do not fear, dear fellow. You would not even be able to see me if you yourself were not in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Thank the Lord for His mercy toward us."