The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian – 3

The life of Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian – 3

Saint Paisios the Athonite   All the Pharasiotes began their preparations at once, just as Father Arsenios did. First he baptised all the unbaptised children, including the village president’s child, at which time the following event occurred: The child’s parents wanted to give him the grandfather’s name, Christos. Father Arsenios,...

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Clearly and deeply

Clearly and deeply

Saint Paisios the Athonite   If we could emerge from ourselves (from the love we have for our self), we’d emerge from the attraction of the earth and then we’d see everything in reality, with divine vision, purely and profoundly. Source: pemptousia.com

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They need a shock

They need a shock

Abbess Christonymfi, Monastery of Our Lady the Queen of All, Keratea   People today don’t understand, don’t repent, won’t come to their senses. The devil needs to butt them with his horns. Source: pemptousia.com

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Saint Vlasios from Sklavaina Appears to Saint Païsios

Saint Vlasios from Sklavaina Appears to Saint Païsios

(edited by Stelios Koukos) Archimandrite Avgoustinos Katsambiris had repeatedly asked the Elder (Saint Païsios the Athonite) to pray that the newly-revealed Saint Vlasios, from Sklavaina, would appear to him. The archimandrite wanted to know what Saint Vlasios looked like, so that he could paint an icon of him. It was...

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James W. Lillie: My Personal Recollections of Saint Paisios

James W. Lillie: My Personal Recollections of Saint Paisios

James W. Lillie   As I mentioned in the recent article about the Elder, I was fortunate enough to translate his biography of Saint Arsenios. As a result of this, I met him on a number of occasions. Were I a more saintly person, I would no doubt have recognized...

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Saint Païsios: His Hands were Freed and his Body became Strong!

Saint Païsios: His Hands were Freed and his Body became Strong!

Saint Paisios the Athonite edited by Stelios Koukos   A young man came to see me who’d had lots of problems, bodily and spiritual, for more than four years. He led a sinful life and had shut himself up at home. He didn’t want to see anyone. Two friends of...

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Saint Païsios: The Humility of a Priest who Performed Miracles

Saint Païsios: The Humility of a Priest who Performed Miracles

In Jordan there was a very simple priest who performed miracles. He’d read prayers over people and animals that were sick in some way and they’d recover. Muslims went to him as well, if they had a health problem, and he’d cure them. Before he served the Liturgy, he’d drink...

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Saint Païsios Gave him a Knife to Take Revenge With!

Saint Païsios Gave him a Knife to Take Revenge With!

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...

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Repentance and Prayer according to Saint Païsios

Repentance and Prayer according to Saint Païsios

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   In general terms, Saint Païsios set the greatest store in the spiritual struggle on repentance and unceasing prayer. It was through repentance that he received revelations from heaven. He used to say that the life of a monk was one of repentance and prayer. The monks...

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A Departed Monk Appeared at a Monastery Feast and Discussed Church Singing

A Departed Monk Appeared at a Monastery Feast and Discussed Church Singing

Saint Païsios writes that the famous psaltis Diako-Yannis once went to the feast as the Holy Monastery of Grigoriou in order to sing. He sang at Great Vespers and, when that had finished and the Lity was about to start, he felt the need to go to...

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