“As for the history of Father John’s years of imprisonment, what always struck me most about his story was the way in which he described the time he spent in those truly awful camps, so full of cruelty and suffering and callousness. Believe it or not, Father John would say that these were the happiest days of his entire life. “Because God was always close by!” With joy Father John would exclaim this, although without doubt he realized that there was no way we could possibly understand him. “For some reason I can’t remember anymore a single bad thing,” he would say about his time in the camps. “I can only remember now how I used to pray in there: the heavens opened and the Angels were singing in the heavens! I don’t know how to pray like that anymore . . .” *”

Tikhon Shevkunov, Everyday Saints and Other Stories
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