The Blessed Elder Joseph of Vatopedi (1921-2009).The Elder of our hearts. (Part b)

 Words of solace, Words of Love

  • No one should be afraid of wickedness which is spreading in the world, because the Lord will not leave His own children alone, even if the evil is becoming more organized. “The One who is inside us is greater than the one who is in the world”.
  • Do not be scared. You will not be lost. The Grace of our Jesus will not abandon us neither will the prayers of our fathers and our elders. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The blessed Elder Joseph of Vatopedi (1921-2009). The Elder of our hearts (part a)

It has been a year today since the passing away of our blessed Elder and spiritual father from earth towards the Heaven. In many synaxaria we also read this: “ If you want to call me ‘father’ you must imitate my life and my deeds”. If however,we cannot imitate him, let us at least remember his conforting words, his love and his advice, his efforts and his trials, his infinite patience but mostly his merciful attitude, his tolerance, his charity, his total respect for the personalities of each and everyone of us in his struggle for perfection and spiritual transformation.

We have chosen some specific pieces from his writings and his advice which show the richness and the wonder of his fatherly heart, his merciful attitude and the magnitude of his fatherly embrace which was roomy enough to engulf everyone and everything, in an abundance of love. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Blessed Elder Joseph of Vatopedi comments on the life and personality of Elder Arsenios the Spileotis and Hesychast.

One could apply to Elder Arsenios what the Scriptures said “here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false”. He was by nature direct, simple, harmless, meek, obedient and an extraordinary, hard working spiritual fighter, without a single material possession. One could say that he was simply a “Yes” or a “No” man.

He never held grudge with anyone, whatever one would do to him, he would never get angry and he would never hurt anyone. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Letter in the press on Vatopedi Monastery

By Olga Konaris Kokkinos,

Everyone knows that when one is deliberately ignoring certain facts, one is equally guilty had he been falsifying them. And this is true of the press.
In the last twenty days, Cypriot papers have been isolating some quotations from a certain book written by Yeronta Iosif Vatopedinos regarding the virtue of obedience, and gave the false impression that “yerontas”, or elder, tries to take the position of Jesus in the monasteries, and that Jesus Himself is nowhere to be found! They also implied that, when Yerontas Efraim travels outside Ayio Oros , carrying with him the Ayia Zoni, of our Lady, for people to worship, he does so in order to promote his image as “The” elder and that  any donations offered by the faithful are misappropriated by the monastery.
Firstly,  read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »