The Respect Bees Have For Holy Icons
By Monk Simon In the region of Kapandriti near Athens, a wonderful thing happens. Ten years ago, a devout beekeeper named Isidoros Ţiminis, thought to place in one of his hives an icon of the Crucifixion of the Lord. Soon thereafter, when he opened the hive, he was amazed that the bees showed respect and devotion to the icon, having "embroidered" it in wax, yet leaving uncovered the face and body of the Lord. Since then, every spring, he puts into the hives icons of the Savior, the Virgin…
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Elder Paisios on Philotimo and Leventia
By John Sanidopoulos In ancient Greece, two virtues were particularly philosophized about and discussed for their unique value, and were summed up as "kalos k' agathos" or "beautiful and good". These were two internal characteristics that extended towards all their external ways of life. The singular balance of beautiful and good made up a man who was both healthy in soul and body, in other words, an Athenian gentleman who was a perfect and ideal man. Though all cultures, to a certain…
“We must not despair when we struggle and continuously see nothing but the slightest progress. We all do nearly nothing — some a little more, some a little less. When Christ sees our little effort, He gives us an analogous token; and so our “nearly nothing” becomes valuable, and we can see a little progress. For this reason we must not despair, but hope in God." Elder Paisios of mont Athos.
How a Sinner Came to Know Elder Paisios in Mount Athos
By Lambis Tagmatarchis If someone wanted to somewhat characterize me, they could say anything ... except that I am a very religious man. I am as much of the church as - I guess - you are. The church sees me on Pascha a little before the "Christ is Risen", and I went to a few weddings in the past, but now more often I go to funerals. That's it. Now, how I came to Mount Athos, years ago, and how they convinced me to walk a good distance to see up close an ascetic named Paisios who had an…
“I wish you many years — but not for them to be too happy, because happiness in the world isn’t really so healthy. When a man is too happy in this world, he forgets God and forgets death.” – Elder Paisius May we "remember God more often than [we] breathe." (St. Gregory the Theologian) Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me a sinner.
St. Paisios on the Prayer Rope
St. Paisios preaching to people outside his cell on the Holy Mountain (source) -Elder, what meaning does the prayer rope (komboschoini) have? -The prayer rope is an inheritance, a blessing, which was left to us by the Holy Fathers. And for this alone, it has great worth. You see, when someone's grandfather leaves him a meaningless object as an inheritance, he keeps it like a talisman, how much more should we keep the prayer rope as an inheritance of the Holy Fathers! In olden times, when…
“Indifferent and merciless people, who think only of their own selves, insensitively satisfying themselves, simultaneously fill their hearts with much anguish. Within them works the little worm of a troubled conscience, and they are tormented already in this life.” -Elder Paisios
Elder Paisios the Athonite (1924-1994) If you want to grab God's attention so He'll hear you during prayer, turn the dial to humility, for God always works in this frequency; then humbly ask for his mercy!
Elder Paisios: When your children are still small . . . - Orthodox Church Quotes
"When your children are still small, you have to help them understand what is good. That is the deepest meaning of life." + Elder Paisios