Dialogue between a Geron (Elder) and an atheist

The Holy Image or "Mandylion" (also known as the Shroud of Turin). For proof that this cloth is indeed the ancient image of Jesus Christ venerated since early Christian times in Syria, see these two books: http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Faces-Secret-Places-Wilson/dp/0385261055 and http://www.amazon.com/Crucifixion-Second-Completely-Revised-Expanded/dp/1590770706/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254215747&sr=1-1

The Holy Image or "Mandylion" (also known as the Shroud of Turin). For proof that this cloth is indeed the burial cloth of Jesus Christ that is venerated since early Christian times in Syria and then in Constantinople, see these two books: http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Faces-Secret-Places-Wilson/dp/0385261055 and http://www.amazon.com/Crucifixion-Second-Completely-Revised-Expanded/dp/1590770706/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254215747&sr=1-1

One morning, the holy Elder («Geron») Epiphanios Theodoropoulos (1930-1989) was in a conversation with 2-3 visitors at his home. One of them was an ideological atheist and a communist. Suddenly, someone from outside came rushing in, and informed them that the city of Athens had been flooded with photographs of Mao Tse Tung, with the inscription “Glory to the great Mao”. It was the day that the Chinese dictator had died.

Geron:

That’s the way things are, my child. Atheists do not exist. Only idolaters exist, who take down Christ from His throne and in His place they enthrone their own idols. We say: “Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”. They say: “Glory to the great Mao”. You pick and choose which one you prefer.

Atheist:

You also choose your drug, grandpa. The only difference is, that you call it Christ, others call it Allah, or Buddha, etc. etc…

Geron:

My child, Christ is not a drug. Christ is the Creator of the entire universe. He is the one Who governs everything wisely, from the multitudes of infinite galaxies, down to the minutest particles of the microcosm. He has given life to all of us. He is the One Who brought you into this world and has bestowed you with so much freedom, that you can actually doubt Him, and even deny Him.

Atheist:

Grandpa, its your right to believe in all of those things. But that doesn’t mean they are true. Do you have any proofs? Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Pourquoi le sourire de l’Ancien Joseph est-il « de l’éternité » ? (French, Γαλλικά)

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Honorable Monsieur Papanicolaou,

Quelques heures après l’ensevelissement de l’Ancien Joseph vous avez publié sur votre site internet un article ayant pour titre : « Les funérailles du bienheureux Ancien Joseph de Vatopaidi – Sourire de l’éternité » décrivant en peu de mots l’évènement illustré de quelques photographies. La photographie du défunt, souriant, non seulement des lèvres mais par toute l’expression de son visage, a fait grande impression dans le monde comme nous pouvons le constater d’après les articles et commentaires qui sont apparus sur de nombreux sites internet. Assurément, on rencontre des cas de défunts présentant un visage lumineux, avec une expression de profonde sérénité ; cependant où peut-on trouver un tel sourire ? D’une part, tous les Pères spirituels disent que l’heure de la mort est effrayante pour tout être humain, et d’autre part nous lisons dans les écrits patristiques que ceux qui sont les plus avancés dans la vie spirituelle, par humilité, ne se laissaient jamais gagner par une assurance présomptueuse de leur salut avant d’être passé dans l’autre vie, où il n’y a plus de danger. De plus, l’Ancien Joseph souffrait du cœur et était très accablé par la maladie. Pouvait-il donc mourir en souriant ? Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

¿Por qué el monje José de Batopedi nos sonríe desde la eternidad? (Ισπανικά, Spanish)

Nota del traductor: la comunidad monástica de la Santa Montaña es el centro espiritual de la Iglesia Ortodoxa Oriental. Se compone de 20 monasterios ortodoxos organizados como un estado autónomo dentro de la república griega. Aunque situada en una península, la comunidad es solamente accesible por vía marítima. Lo que aquí se narra acaeció en el Monasterio de Batopedi de esa comunidad, en el mes de julio del 2009. El adjetivo “Anciano” se utiliza aquí, a la manera griega, como un título honorífico.

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Honorable Sr. Papanikolaou: 

Unas horas después de la cristiana sepultura dada al Anciano José, usted publicó en su sitio-web un artículo titulado El Funeral del Beato Anciano José de Batopedi – Una Sonrisa desde la Eternidad, describiendo en pocas palabras el evento con la ayuda de varias fotos.

Leer más… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (2)

Continued from (1)

by Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Pappoulakis 2

To the Very Reverend Abbot Archimandrite Εphraim And the other venerable Fathers of the Holy, Royal, Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Vatopaidi on the Holy Mountain, children in the Lord beloved of our humble self, Grace be to you, venerable fathers, and peace from God.

Based on the material submitted by you, beloved and venerable fathers, and on the relative report from our Canonical Commission, which were reviewed in the council of our Holy and Sacred Synod, the Monk Joachim Papoulakis of Vatopaidi from Ithaki – whose blessed life and conduct were distinguished by a genuine Orthodox way of thinking and by a great contribution to the Church – is hereby numbered among the Blessed Ones and Saints of the Church. His commemoration is appointed for the 2nd of March each year, whereas that of the translation of his relics for the 23rd of May. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Papoulakis, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi (1)

Elder Joseph οf Vatopaidi

Agios Ioakeim Pappoulakis 2

HOLY GREAT MONASTERY OF VATOPAIDI MOUNT ATHOS 2005

PAPOULAKIS

SAINT JOACHIM OF VATOPAIDI

© Holy Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, Mount Athos, Greece 2005

All rights reserved. Printed in Greece.

Translated from the second Greek edition of

© Holy Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, Mount Athos 1998

 

PROLOGUE

While exploring the inexhaustible library of our Monastery, a book printed in 1902 fell quite unexpectedly into our hands. It bore the title The Life and Acts of our Blessed Father Joachim of Ithaki and was written by a physician from Ithaki named Panos D. Raftopoulos. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Αναρτήθηκε στις In English, Saint Joachim of Vatopaidi. Ετικέτες: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a Comment »