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 »