On Self-Restraint

On Self-Restraint

Book of the Elders   Some monks from the skete set out to visit Abba Anthony. So they got on a boat and there found another Elder who also wanted to go the same place. The brothers didn’t know him, though. Sitting amidships, they talked about the sayings of the...

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Contemporary Virtuous Romanians – Father Gheorghe Calciu

Contemporary Virtuous Romanians – Father Gheorghe Calciu

Father Gheorghe Calciu (November 23, 1925 – November 21, 2006) I spoke of Your testimonies before kings, and I was not ashamed (Psalm 118:46). Father Gheorghe Calciu was born in the Danube Delta, in Mahmudia, where the propitious blend between the land’s richness and the sky’s beauty reflected into the...

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Christ is the Source and Origin for Forgiveness and Entry into Paradise

Christ is the Source and Origin for Forgiveness and Entry into Paradise

Someone once went to Elder Iosif the Cave-Dweller- may we have his blessing- a man who came from his home town. When he got there, the Elder asked him about all the old people there. You know, the way you do if somebody comes from home. How’s so-and so? How’s...

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Father Gavriil Tsafos (1944-2018), the Elder of Joy

Father Gavriil Tsafos (1944-2018), the Elder of Joy

On Wednesday, 1 August, at the beginning of the fast for Our Most Holy Lady, whom he loved so much, Archimandrite Gavriil Tsafos, the parish priest of the pilgrimage church of Saint Andreas, in Leukosias Street in the Archdiocese of Athens, fell asleep in the Lord. Father Gavriil (baptized Yeoryios)...

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The globalized and the universal person: on the sacred memory of Saint Païsios

The globalized and the universal person: on the sacred memory of Saint Païsios

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   July 12, the Feast of Saint Païsios People weren’t made to stay where they are. They were made to become what they aren’t. Our majesty isn’t to be found in the present or the past,...

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Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (4)

Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (4)

Chrysostomos Papadakis, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne   4. The slanders We have left to the end any reference to his cross. At various times people came to him asking for spiritual guidance. But these people had wicked thoughts, either from their passions, which had taken over their soul or...

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Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (3)

Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (3)

Chrysostomos Papadakis, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne   2. His zeal The Elder was a phenomenon as regards his conscious zeal, as the reader will easily recognize. It was imprinted on all areas of his activities and service, as also in his internal diligence. He demonstrated his unremitting zeal as...

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Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (2)

Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love (2)

Chrysostomos Papadakis, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne   1. The call through a divine vision In his fifteenth year, while he was on a hill at Paphos, floundering in the dark void because of a sense of the pointlessness of it all- he’d watched a documentary with scenes from World...

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Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love

Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, a Man of Abounding Paternal Love

Chrysostomos Papadakis, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne   At the presentation of the book on Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos, at the Athens Concert Hall, 19 April 2018. Nine years have passed since the demise of our blessed Elder, Iosif Vatopaidinos. Throughout this time, many devout souls were hoping earnestly to see...

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God is Accessible Via our Neighbour

God is Accessible Via our Neighbour

Dimitris Ioannou   The whole of the thought of the Athonite Elder (Aimilianos Simonopetritis) can be summed up in the teaching that ‘we reach God via our neighbour’. This is the central theme of his work. But what is it that gives our communication with other people authenticity and validity?...

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