Friday, December 2, 2011

A spiritual meeting between Sts. Paisios and Porphyrios

 
Icons of Sts. Paisios the Athonite and Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia: two spiritual giants of the 20th century (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_iD6KnKSHrXw/TL9dia4JA-I/AAAAAAAAAP4/iJzdXQ6l_Rk/s400/Elder+Paisios.jpg, http://ostash.org/upload/Elder_Porphryios.jpg)
  
A spiritual meeting between Sts. Paisios and Porphyrios
Elder Porphyrios relates: Once on the Holy Mountain, I was traveling by tractor with Fr. Paisios. The two of us were saying the [Jesus] prayer mystically. Our souls were united. At a certain point, he got off and we continued. Oh, then you should have seen it! As he was leaving, he rushed towards me and embraced me noetically. You should have seen this unification of souls. You can love others spiritually, and embrace them and feel them, though they are still far away.
  
(Source: Learning from Elder Porphyrios, published by the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior, Milesi, 2011; http://apantaortodoxias.blogspot.com/2011/12/blog-post_2184.html)
  
For a similar discussion of the relationship between St. Paisios and Elder Iakovos Tsalikis, see here.
  
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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