Friday, September 29, 2017

Sts. Porphyrios and Paisios on our Modern Age

Sts. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia and Paisios the Athonite (source)
Our age is like the age of Christ. Then, the world had reached a terrible state. God, however, felt sorry for us. And now, we should not loose hope. I see amidst calamities that a man of God appears, who will bring back and unite the world towards the good.
-St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia
Icons of contemporary Elders: Sts. Paisios and Porphyrios, along with Elders Joseph the Hesychast and Sophrony of Essex (source)
Today, there are more words and books and fewer living examples.  We admire the holy Athletes of our Church, but without understanding how much they struggled, because we have not struggled ourselves.  Had we done so, we would appreciate their pain, we would love them even more and strive with philotimo to imitate them.  The Good God will of course take into account the age and conditions in which we live, and He will ask of each one of us accordingly.  If we only strive even a little bit, we will merit the crown more than our ancestors.
-St. Paisios the Athonite
Sts. Iakovos, Paisios and Porphyrios the New wonderworkers and Spiritual guides of Greece (source)
The New Venerable Wonderworkers Sts. Porphyrios, Paisios and Iakovos (source)
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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