By Archimandrite Touma (Bitar)

Abbot of the Monastery of St. Silouan the Athonite– Douma

A few years ago, before the current economic crisis, I had the opportunity to visit Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos. There I was blessed to visit the spiritual elder and ascetic Joseph, who had previously been abbot of the flock of monks of that monastery and who was a member of the spiritual family whose father was the great elder Joseph the Hesychast the Athonite, who died completing his spiritual struggle on August 15, 1959. So let’s call Joseph, whom I was graced to visit by the blessing of the Lord Jesus, …

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The Monks of the Arizona Desert

They surrender their lives to the “Geronta” or “Elder” or “Starets” trusting him to lead them to perfection and sanctification-”theosis”.

They always gaze toward the Cross of Christ seeking the strength and consolation of the Crucified and Risen Lord.

Through Prayer, Obedience and Humility they become “like Christ”. They crucify their flesh and their will so that they may transform themselves from fallen human beings to “transfigured children of God”.

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The punished angel

From the ‘Large Gerontiko’

 An elder once said that there was this hermit who was living in the deepest desert for many years and had achieved the visionary charisma to such an extent that he was also in company with angels. Then this is what happened:

Two brothers, monks, heard about this hermit and wished to meet him so that they could benefit from his acquaintance.  Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Video from the memorial service on the burial place of Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi

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Miracles by Saint Onoufrios

1. A miracle performed to a Turk forester.

This event was conveyed to me by elder Christodoulos, when I was at the Saint Onoufrios Seat and was helping father Ierotheos, who was a gardener, on June 12th, 1944. Father Christodoulos remembered this event, which took place during the Turkish occupation of Greece around 1910, and passed it on to honor the memory of Saint Onoufrios. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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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