The farmer plows the earth…

…cleans, sows seed, and awaits the mercy of God. If God doesn’t send rains and helpful winds when they are necessary, the farmer’s toils are in vain. It’s the same with us. If God doesn’t send the purifying waters of His grace, Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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What activates true love?

An icon of Elder Joseph the Hesychast

«When grace is operative in the soul of someone who is praying, then he is flooded with the love of God, so that he can no longer bear what he experiences. Afterwards, this love turns towards the world and man, whom he comes to love so much that he seeks to take upon himself the whole of human pain and misfortune so that everyone else might be freed from it. In general he suffers with every grief and misery, and even for  animals, so that he weeps when he thinks they are suffering. These are the properties of love, but it is prayer that activates them and calls them forth. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Hope in God (Elder Joseph the hesychast)

Elder Joseph the hesychast

Question yourself as to whether this faith is within you, or perhaps you are led by worldly wisdom.  And if you leave all things in the hands of God, behold! You have acquired faith and undoubtedly, without any question, you will find God to be your helper. And so, even should you be tried a myriad of times and should satan tempt you to abandon faith, Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Elder Joseph the Hesychast

Monasticism recognizes several venerable people, monks, who, in their time, left indelible marks in the history of the Orthodox Church. We can rightfully say that one of those leaders of monasticism is the venerable elder, father Joseph the Hesychast from the Holy Mount. He is the reviver and the guide of present monasticism in the Holy Mount, as well as Greece and America. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Monk Georgios, the hermit of Mount Athos.

Βy Elder Joseph (+) of Vatopaidi

It is incredibly daring for one to believe that one may describe the life of someone who is a friend of the Lord, who is a spiritual person and who according to the Scriptures “he judges everyone but no one dares judge him”. Therefore we will not describe his life, but we will simply give a minimal account of the way he lived, since as it happens, he had been our acquaintance.
This ‘most holy’ man, as I, without hesitation, describe brother Georgios, was known as ‘Branko’ the Serb.

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Elder Arsenios Spileotis (1886-1983) [with many pictures]

by Monk Joseph of Dionysiou Monastery

Elder Arsenios Spileotis (1886-1983), fellow struggler for more than 40 years with Saint Elder Joseph the Hesychast ( 1897-1959)

It is not easy to describe in a few pages the life and works of a great ascetic of the might of blessed Elder Arsenios. He was born in Pontos. While still young he was burning with Holy zeal. He decided to leave his country and walk from Russia to Constantinoupole and from there to the Holy Land, where he served at the Holy Sepulchre and at other Holy places for almost ten years.

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