Let us accept another as he is – Blessed Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra Monastery, Holy Mount Athos, Greece (+2019)

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HAVE FAITH – ORTHODOXY

-Let us accept another as he is-

Blessed Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra Monastery,

Holy Mount Athos, Greece (+2019)

Let us accept another as he is. One will insult me, of course. Another will praise me, certainly. Another will offer me half a glass of water, doubtlessly. Let us not meddle in the life of another. When they will ask for our love, let us give it as God gives it, “over both the righteous and the unrighteous.”

Source:

https://apriestoftheorthodoxchurch.wordpress.com

https://apriestoftheorthodoxchurch.wordpress.com/2019/05/30/learning-from-the-fathers-geronda-aimilianos-of-simonopetra-8/

A PRIEST OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH

Those who suffer are the special children of God – Blessed Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra Monastery, Holy Mount Athos, Greece (+2019)

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ORTHODOX WEB

Those who suffer are the special children of God

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Blessed Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra Monastery,

Holy Mount Athos, Greece (+2019)

If today we ourselves are not suffering, let us not forget that in all likelihood things will be different tomorrow. More importantly, right now, all around us, countless friends, loved ones, relatives and acquaintances are suffering, and they are, and never cease to be, the members of our own body (cf. 1 Cor 12:12). Let us pray for them with the words of this psalm [Psalm 17] and with similar words. And even though some of us may not seem to be suffering today, the deeper truth is that we are always suffering. Our struggle to live virtuously is itself a source of pain. Satan, like a roaring lion (1 Pet 5:8), like a lion’s whelp that lurks in secret places (Ps 17:12), waits for an opportunity to ensnare us in temptations. Our friendships and our loves can likewise be the cause of much pain and suffering. In the end, we can say that our whole life is a passion play, a history of extended suffering. However, let us not lose sight of the deeper meaning offered to us by the psalmist. Pain, difficulties, misfortunes, and suffering in general are the signs of divine visitation. Those who suffer are the special children of God. And so when our life is untroubled and things seem to be going well, we should stop and ask ourselves if we have not somehow moved away from God, because it is precisely suffering that constitutes our glory, our crown.

Source:

https://apriestoftheorthodoxchurch.wordpress.com

https://apriestoftheorthodoxchurch.wordpress.com/2019/05/09/learning-from-the-fathers-elder-aimilianos-of-simonopetra-11/

A PRIEST OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH

Faith and miracles – Blessed Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

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EX 2X2 LETTERS FROM GREECE

Faith and miracles

Blessed Elder Joel Yannakopoulos

of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

Once, when Fr. Joel was traveling on a train, a rumor spread at one provincial station that a miracle had occurred in the church in the neighboring village—an icon was weeping! All of the passengers immediately left the train and rushed to see the miracle—everyone, that is, except Fr. Joel, who continued reading his book.

When the passengers returned, touched, the man sitting right across from Fr. Joel couldn’t hold back his indignation at the priest’s calmness and said, “Father, I see you don’t believe!”

“I believe,” Fr. Joel replied, “and therefore I’m not surprised by miracles. But you don’t believe, and so you ran to see the miracle and believe, didn’t you? So tell me—do you believe now?”

Source:

http://orthochristian.com

http://orthochristian.com/115308.html

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

Alla ricerca della verità – Padre. Anthony Alevizopoulos ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian

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HAVE FAITH – ORTHODOXY

ARGOMENTI DI CATECHISMO ORTODOSSO

Alla ricerca della verità

Di: Padre. Anthony Alevizopoulos

PhD. in Theologia, PhD. in Filosofia

Fonte:

http://www.impantokratoros.gr/root.it.aspx

http://www.impantokratoros.gr/1D80C82B.it.aspx

SACRO MONASTERO PANTOCRATOR DI MELISSOHORI

Il problema di dove si trovi la verità ha occupato l’umanità attraverso i secoli; è una questione che è sempre attuale e proprio per la sua natura guida l’uomo alla ricerca di una risposta. I filosofi, ed in particolare gli antichi greci, si sono posti la domanda: ”Che cos’è l verità?” e la maggioranza degli uomini hanno cercato una risposta razionale. Alcuni hanno detto che è un Idea, il “principio di tutte le cose”, il “primo motore immobile” e l’hanno chiamata Dio.

Ma questo Dio, il Dio dei filosofi, non può salvare. Tocca gli uomini solo nella loro parte razione e non come un tutto, nessuno può entrare in comunione personale con lui, in quanto è impersonale; una mente universale che agisce in Continue reading

I live among barbarous tribes – Saint Patrick of Ireland (+461)

 

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IRELAND OF MY HEART

So I live among barbarous tribes, a stranger and exile for the love of God.

—Saint Patrick of Ireland (+461)

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (+1994), the temptation of atheism when he was 11 years old & the appearance of Jesus Christ to him

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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (+1994)

the temptation of atheism when he was 11 years old

& the appearance of Jesus Christ to him

From the age of eleven [says Saint Paisios], I would read the lives of the Saints, I would fast and keep vigil. My older brother would take the books and hide them, but that didn’t stop me. I would just go into the forest and keep reading there.

Later, when I was fifteen, a friend of my brother named Costas told my brother, “I’ll make him willingly give up all this nonesense.” He came and explained to me Darwin’s theory of evolution. I was shaken by this, and I said, “I’ll go and pray, and, if Christ is God, He’ll appear to me so that I’ll believe. I’ll see a shadow, hear a voice—He will show me a sign.” That’s all I could come up with at the time.

So, I went and began to pray and make prostrations for hours; but nothing happened. Eventually I stopped in a state of exhaustion. Then something Costas had said came to mind: “I accept that Christ is an important man,” he had told me, “righteous and virtuous, Who was hated out of envy for His virtue and condemned by His countrymen.” I thought to myself, “since that’s how Christ was, even if He was only a man, He deserves my love, obedience, and self-sacrifice. I don’t want paradise; I don’t want anything. It is worth making every sacrifice for the sake of His holiness and kindness.”

God was waiting to see how I would deal with this temptation. After this, Christ Himself appeared to me in a great light. He was visible from the waist up. He looked at me with tremendous love and said, “I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in Me, even if he dies, he shall live” (Jn. 11:25). He was holding the Gospel in His left hand, open to the page where the same words were written.

With this event, the uncertainties that had troubled my soul were overcome, and in divine grace I came to know Christ as true God and Savior of the world. I was convinced of the truth of the God-man, not by men or books, but by the very Lord Himself, who revealed Himself to me even at this young age. Firmly established in faith, I thought to myself, “Come back now, Costas, if you want, and we’ll have a talk.”

Source:

http://saintpaisios.wordpress.com

SAINT PAISIOS OF MOUNT ATHOS