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Mother Gavrilia: The Ascetic of Love Paperback – January 1, 1999
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inspirational account of one of the twentieth century's great ascetics and missionary of love.
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But when I opened this book and began to discover Mother Gavrillia's life, I couldn't put the story down. Here was a real saint: not an ascetic superhero, but a joyful, patient, humble follower of Jesus Christ who acknowledged her fallen humanity, accepted Jesus Christ's grace, and offered her whole life to her Savior and Lord.
In the process, she traveled the world, sharing Christ's truth and love in word and deed, and lived about the most fulfilled and purposeful life of anyone whose story I have ever read.
One of the coolest aspects of Gavrillia's life is the freshness and vibrancy that Jesus Christ offers at any age. When I learned that Gavrillia was in her 50s when her "great adventure of faith with Christ" began, I was breathless because I realized that any believer, at any stage of life, could have the same joy and abandonment as Mother Gavrillia, if only they too, pray, "Not my will, Lord, but Thine be done."
I am forever blessed by reading about this dear woman, and I look forward to thanking her personally one day.
This is by far one of my favorite books.
Some of my favourite quotes:
"We must not 'exist' in the presence of the other person, who is God's 'image and likeness'."
"To reach the state of non-existence, love and love and love until you identify yourself completely with the Other One,
whoever this may be at the time. Then, at the end of the day you may ask yourself: Is there anything I want? No. Is there
anything I wish 'No. Is there anything I lack' No... So, that's it!"