Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.
Saint Paisios died on the feast of the Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul according to the Old Calendar, which is certainly no coincidence. Since his death in 1994, word of his name and his reputation have grown globally. St. Paisios is all over the world. In this video a monk named Paisios from New Skete, Mt Athos, Greece, speaks on the blessed personality of St Paisios the Athonite, as monk Paisios says, “unworthy though I am, God guided my footsteps to his (St. Paisios’) little keli and this was the start of my salvation, though I don’t know if I’ll achieve this aim.” Saint Paisios paternally guided this future Monk Paisios into the ascetic life and at the time St. Paisios even predicted this. He told monk Paisios that he would become a monk and take the name Paisios, even though he did not believe him.
It is said that while in this world St. Paisios lived in a particular state of experience which altered the environment around him. The presence of St. Paisios could even alter the state of peoples’ hearts and draw them closer to Christ. In this very powerful video from Pemptousia we can hear a recording of St. Paisios’ voice. The holy voice that drew people to Christ with words like, “There are rare instances that God permits suffering. It’s as if we’re taking exams to get into the next life. This is why God leaves the devil free to a certain extent, to help us with his badness but not to torment us. Our good God made angels, some of whom fell through their pride and became demons. Our parents, our grand-parents and so on gave us a body. From the moment a child’s conceived the parents give the body, God gives the soul. So, as soon as a child’s born, it’s baptized, God gives it an angel and it’s protected by Him, by its guardian angel and by its parents. The older the child gets, in some way the parents are relieved of their
burden. And when God takes the parents, the guardian angel continues to protect the person as does God, of course, from on high and from close by…”
These are only a few of the powerful words and feelings rendered in this video. St. Paisios truly has touched the world in a Christ-Like way, and is remembered as a modern.
In order to view the full video interview about St. Paisios please click at www.pemptousia.com.
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