Do everything simply and meekly.

 The Elder Porphyrios, in Wounded by Love:

When simplicity is lacking and you say, ‘I’ll do this, that and the other, and God will give me what I ask for’, then nothing happens. Yes indeed, I should do this, that and the other, but with such secrecy and such simplicity and such meekness, that even I who ask for the thing am unconscious of it.

Do everything simply and meekly. Do nothing with ulterior motives. Don’t say ‘I’ll do this in order to have that result’, but do it naturally, without taking cognizance of it. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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The pain some people have to bear…

Elder Porphyrios

from Wounded by Love by Elder Porphyrios

You should see the pain that some people have to bear!

They are good people, but both their children, Costas and Maria, have become fanatical followers of Sai Baba of India. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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The truly great Saints of our times

Elder Iakovos Tsalikis

These days when stress and insecurity prevails and unimportant issues are presented as crucial, I think we must remember the wonderful Saintly Elders (gerontes) of our times, who lived among us just a few years ago. These gerontes were regularly consoling hundreds of people of all religions and beliefs, believers and non believers alike, and were performing miracles with their prayers, curing many of their physical and mental illnesses.
Gerontas Paisios of Agio Oros (Holy Mount Athos), whose many prophecies have been regularly cited in this blog, used to say:
-“If one lives to serve his own interest only, he is a useless person”.

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Message of the day

If we saw how much Christ loves us… The Lord does not abandon us, never and no way.  From the time He came to the earth through the Theotokos Mary and became God-man, He is with us always. And as Elder Porphyrios – may we have his blessing – used to say it, if we saw how much Christ loves us and what He has done for us, we would go crazy from our joy. We would leave ourselves in His hands, and wouldn’t have any care about anything.

Anthology of Counsels of Elder Porphyry Priest-monk, edition of Transfiguration of the Saviour Convent (in Greek)

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Becoming «All things to all people in order to save them.» (Elder Porphyrios)

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The holy elder Porphyrios.

Elder Porphyrios throughout his whole life received all those who came to him; becoming, like St. Paul, «All things to all people in order to save them.»

All kinds passed by his humble cell; both holy ascetics and sinful thieves, Orthodox Christians and people of other denominations and religions, insignificant people and famous personalities, rich and poor, illiterate and literate, lay people and clergy of all ranks. To each one he offered the love of Christ for their salvation.

This does not mean that all those who went to the Elder or who knew him, for however long, adopted his message or acquired his virtue, and thus were as worthy of our complete trust as he was. A great deal of care, vigilance and good sense is required, because as the Elder becomes well known, the temptation will come to some people to claim some type of attachment or connection with him. They will want to boast or to create the false impression that they are speaking for him. Apart from pure devotion and true love, apart from humble approach and honest learning, there is also conceit and personal gain. Naivety exists, but so does guile. Ignorance exists but so does error and deception. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »