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)
   
"It was a pleasure to see how Elders Paisios and Elder Porfyrios thought about each other.
One of the monks said to Elder Paisios: ‘I’d like to talk to you about something I’ve discussed with Elder Porfyrios’.
‘If you’ve talked to Elder Porfyrios, you don’t need to talk to me as well, because he’s a coloured satellite television and I’m only a black and white set’.
That was the humble view of the Elder.
On the other hand, Elder Porfyrios told us:
‘The Grace that Elder Paisios has is worth more than mine, because he’s acquired it through great efforts and ascetic sweat, whereas God gave me mine completely for free, when I was still very young, simply so that I could be of help to the other monks’.

Source: Athonite Hieromonk Christodoulos, «Σκεύος Εκλογής»

   
For a similar discussion of the relationship between St. Paisios and St. Iakovos Tsalikis, see here.
  
Sts. Iakovos, Paisios and Porphyrios the New (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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