At the Pskov Caves Monastery, Elder Hippolytus absorbed the monastic tradition of both the Valaam and the Pskov Caves elders. They guided and taught by the example of their good deeds, which is much more effective than just verbal instructions.
What is the aim of every council? It is, through the exercise of collective discernment, to attain a common mind. Yet this common mind is not simply the sum total of the convictions of the various participants.
I most humbly extend my heartfelt thanks to all our kind donors who have generously contributed with pure heart for the Christmas gifts, ration for widows and warm clothes and gifts for the children. May God bless their humble donation and charity for the poor.