"The pages of this volume offer useful spiritual precepts and counsels that can help us attain the virtues and keep the divine commandments. For this reason, whether or not we are spiritual children of the Elder, all of us are called to keep his godly and holy companionship before our eyes. Throughout his life he was an imitator and most fervent friend of the Lord and His saints. Likewise let us also imitate our saintly Father Philotheos in his unshakeable faith, sure hope, pure love, deep humility, everlasting abstinence, unceasing prayer, study of the Law of God, love towards every person, meekness, long-suffering, remembrance of death, as well as the wealth of other virtues with which he was adorned." -"Paternal Counsels"