Pemptousia and OCN have entered a strategic partnership to bring Orthodoxy Worldwide. Greek philosophers from Ionia considered held that there were four elements or essences (ousies) in nature: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle added ether to this foursome, which would make it the fifth (pempto) essence, pemptousia, or quintessence. The incarnation of God the Word found fertile ground in man’s proclivity to beauty, to goodness, to truth and to the eternal. Orthodoxy has not functioned as some religion or sect. It was not the movement of the human spirit towards God but the revelation of the true God, Jesus Christ, to man. A basic precept of Orthodoxy is that of the person – the personhood of God and of man. Orthodoxy is not a religious philosophy or way of thinking but revelation and life standing on the foundations of divine experience; it is the transcendence of the created and the intimacy of the Uncreated. Orthodox theology is drawn to genuine beauty; it is the theology of the One “fairer than the sons of men”. So in "Pemptousia", we just want to declare this "fifth essence", the divine beaut in our life. Please note, not all Pemptousia articles have bylines. If the author is known, he or she is listed in the article above.
Saint Neofytos Recluse
At some point, late at night, Saint Diomidis appeared to the iconographer and said to him: ‘Look, painter, at the man you say you don’t know and, once you’ve been convinced by the monk who’s entreating you, record in colours him whom you see’. Having said this, he disappeared. The painter leapt out of bed, utterly astonished at the manifestation of the saint. He sought forgiveness from the saint for his earlier refusal and began confidently to paint him. With great skill, he painted an icon of the saint as he’d seen him and placed it in a space among many others. Afterwards, the same monk returned and begged him, as before, for an icon. The iconographer said: ‘Go into the room and have a look at the icons’. When he went and looked, he saw the icon of the saint among many other well-known ones. When he recognized it, he picked it up and left the room, full of joy. He thanked the painter warmly for depicting the saint so faithfully, and the iconographer told him about the saint appearing. Both of them praised God Who values His servants as greatly as He does the angels.
Since I’ve left out from the narrative the older miracles, I’ll recall the more recent and recount one or two, of which there are many eye-witnesses, especially the priest in charge of the church dedicated to the saint. This priest begged me to write this account but I put it off. I’ll tell you the reason for the postponement later. Regarding the miracles which have occurred in our own day, I’ll be brief. The priest of the church told me: ‘Every day there are lots of healing acts performed by him, but ten or twelve years ago, I and many others were eye-witnesses to two miracles’.
(to be continued)
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OCN has partnered with Pemptousia. A Contemporary post-modern man does not understand what man is. Through its presence in the internet world, Pemptousia, with its spirit of respect for beauty that characterizes it, wishes to contribute to the presentation of a better meaning of life for man, to the search for the ontological dimension of man, and to the awareness of the unfathomable mystery of man who is always in Christ in the process of becoming, of man who is in the image of divine beauty. And the beauty of man springs from the beauty of the Triune God. In the end, “beauty will save the world”.