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.
There was a man from Halkidiki whose son was killed on an air training mission. The co-pilot survived.
The father was inconsolable and, in his pain, decided that the co-pilot was responsible. He planned revenge. He learned the man’s address, his movements and made plans to kill him.
Some acquaintances of his persuaded him to go and see the Elder [Saint Païsios the Athonite] and to tell him about his pain.
As soon as they arrived at the ‘Panagouda’ [the saint’s kelli], in about 1991 it was, the Elder had the man sit down next to him and said: ‘Don’t worry. Your son’s fine where he is’.
These words and the Elder’s gift of perception which reinforced them acted like balm for the father’s heart. His pain melted and the Elder gained his confidence.
But revenge is revenge. So he took the Elder to one side and confessed his plan. In the end, he declared emphatically: ‘There’s no way round it, Elder. I’m definitely going to kill him’.
‘That’s fine, son. But don’t kill him; slaughter him’.
He went inside his kelli and soon returned with a large, serrated knife.
‘Here you are. Take this. Slaughter him with this’, he said, giving the man the knife.
That was it. As soon as the man took hold of the knife, something happened inside him and the absurd passion vanished.
He calmed down. He realized how foolish he’d been, thanked the Elder and left, in tears.
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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”.