“My worst hell is to realize that I have saddened a beloved person” – Blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos of Athens, Greece (+1989)

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“My worst hell is to realize that I have saddened a beloved person”

Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos (+1989)

(Taken from Elder Epiphanios in “Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit”, Protecting Veil Press)

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Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit – Blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos of Athens, Greece (+1989)

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Blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos

of Athens, Greece (+1989)

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From the Counsels

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Blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos

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True love is like the flame of a candle. However many candles you light from the flame, the initial flame remains unaffected. It doesn’t lessen at all. And every freshly lit candle has as much flame as the others do.

I want whoever is near me to feel that he has room to breathe, not that he is suffocated. I don’t call anyone to me. I don’t hold onto anyone. I don’t chase anyone away. Whoever wants comes, whoever wants stays, whoever wants leaves. I don’t consider anyone a supporter or a follower.

I am not afraid of death. Not, of course, because of my works, but because I believe in God’s mercy.

Speak more to God about your children than to your children about God…. The soul of the teenager is in a state of an explosion of freedom. For this reason he has a hard time accepting various counsels. So, rather than counseling him continuously and re­proaching him now and again, leave the situation to Christ, to the Panaghia (Greek word meaning “All-Holy”. It is perhaps the most beloved term of endearment for the Mother of God in the Greek language) and to the Saints, asking them to bring him to reason.

Don’t be neglectful of prayer! At table, in the morning, after­noon and evening. In particular don’t miss Small Compline for any reason, tired though you may be. It’s a question of self-sac­rifice and, in particular, of love. When a beloved person calls you very late at night, how are you able to speak sometimes for a few hours, despite your fatigue, without being put out, but be­ing, rather, pleased?

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Deal with your children as with colts, sometimes tightening and other times loosening the bit. When the colt kicks, with­out abandoning the bit, we loosen it, otherwise it will break. When, however, it is peaceful, then we tighten the bit Continue reading “Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit – Blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos of Athens, Greece (+1989)”

A dialogue with Blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos of Athens, Greece (+1989) & an atheist

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A dialogue with Blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos

of Athens, Greece (+1989) & an atheist

One morning, the Father Epiphanios Theodoropoulos 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.

Father Epiphanios: 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 Buddha, etc. etc…

Fr. Epiphanios: 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 Continue reading “A dialogue with Blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos of Athens, Greece (+1989) & an atheist”

A modern Saint in a brother – Saint Porphyrios of Athens, Greece (+1991)

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Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia (Mount Athos) & Athens, Greece (+1991)

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A modern Saint in a brother

Saint Porphyrios of Athens, Greece (+1991)

In the old days, during the feast of the Theophany, we used to sanctify homes. One year I also went to sanctify. I would knock on the doors of the apartments, they would open for me, and I walked in singing “In Jordan, You were baptized O Lord….”

As I went along  Maizonos Street in the center of Athens (Greece) I saw an iron door. I opened it, walked into the courtyard which was full of tangerine, orange and lemon trees, and proceeded to the stairs. It was an outdoor staircase that went up, and down was the basement. I climbed the stairs, knocked on the door, and a lady appeared. Since Continue reading “A modern Saint in a brother – Saint Porphyrios of Athens, Greece (+1991)”