Fr. George Paulidis Bishop of Nicea, Piraeus, in Greece (+1990) & the phone of a woman who wanted to kill herself

Fr. George Paulidis Bishop of Nicea, Piraeus, in Greece (+1990)

& the phone of a woman who wanted to kill herself

Fr. George Paulidis Bishop of Nicea, Piraeus, in Greece (+1990):

«One winter night, his phone ring around midnight. Just picked up the phone, a female voice spoke:

“I do not know whom I speak , but before committing suicide , I wanted to listen for the last time a human voice…”.

Divine providence ring the phone of Fr. George. Was there any discussion, without disclosing his status, Fr. George (it was then Bishop of Nicea, Piraeus) except that he speaks with a cleric. He never learned what happened next, but I’m sure that the Grace of God will not let a human soul disappear like that night».

Source, Greek book:

Fr. John Costoff

From Atheism to Christ

Publications: St. John Damascene, Athens 2011

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TRUTH TARGET

The conversion of French Photographer Frère Jean (Gérard Gascuel) to Orthodoxy

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SAINT JOHN OF DAMASCUS

The conversion of French

Photographer Frère Jean (Gérard Gascuel)

to Orthodoxy

Photographer Gérard Gascuel who worked with Marcel Marceau and Salvador Dali and now is Hieromonk Gerasimos says he decided to become a monk after hearing an Athonite monk singing.

«I was 33 when the editor in chief of an influential Japanese magazine sent me to Greece to make a report about the life of Athonite monks,» Father Gerasimos was quoted as saying by the Rossijskaya Gazeta daily on Tuesday.

Going around the monasteries he came upon a monastery where there is an ancient tradition to keep skulls of deceased monks.

«I went into the crypt and then life was divided: ‘before’ and ‘after’. When I was going back I met a Greek monk and we talked about the meaning of life. His English was poor… And suddenly he started singing!» Father Gerasimos recalls.

According to him, it was then that he decided to become a monk.

«I made a decision in few seconds. Having returned to France, I delivered my report to the magazine, sold my estate and became an ordinary monk on Athos. I spent many years in the Holy Land at St. Savvas Monastery in the Continue reading “The conversion of French Photographer Frère Jean (Gérard Gascuel) to Orthodoxy”

Mariorie a person in Christ in Piraeus, Greece

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ORTHODOXY IS LOVE

Mariorie a person in Christ in Piraeus, Greece

Οur story hero, Mariorie, was an ordinary person. She walked on this Earth. Here she got tired, happy, hurt- most of all she got hurt. She died like all people on a December night. Yet in reality she was found totally different than other people. She took everyday life one step further and rose above it.

She lived simply and humbly someplace in Piraeus, Greece, working hard to bring up her two children who had been abandonned by their father when they were just toddlers. “Who knows what happened, what went wrong” ,Mariorie would say trying to find an excuse for her situation. “Τhe evil one grudged him his happiness! It doesn’t take long for any person to wither like a thunder struck tree when he’s left unprotected from the winds”.

She was careful not to belittle her children’s father and she prayed to God to enlighten him , to make him see more clearly, to repent, to come back. But, years went by, and he didn’t seem to understand. He had already settled down with Kleoniki and he had become the father of another two children.

Kleoniki always considered her marriage to Thodoris her greatest victory.
But what goes around comes around and things can turn upside down. In their prime, people build palaces in their minds and egos and they estimate that they will complete their happiness in them.

But the arrogance of one’s mind builds on the sand. When Autumn comes in their lives, hard and lonesome, then they see that the storms inside them cannot be tamed by any material pride.

So, the last winter in Thodoris’ life arrived. A sudden incurable disease dipped him in an abyss and rose like an avalanche ahead. He was walking side by side with death, and this made a feeling of justice wake up inside him. And one winter night, when winds battled with the rain and the lightning grooved the darkness of the skies, he asked Mariorie to visit him at the hospital. She did,with the discreetness and integrity needed towards a dying person. She sat next to him like Paradise with gates wide open. He lifted his tired eyes and looked at her.

-I want you to forgive me Mariorie…

-With all my heart, Thodoris, she humbly answered.

After some time Kleoniki got sick as well. Her future looked bleak. And her children were still little. When Mariorie heard the bad news, she stood by her like an angel of peace. She stayed all night awake to take care of her on her last days…

-Forgive me , Maririe, forgive me, I ruined your life, Kleoniki said kissing her hands

-I forgive you with all my heart , sister, answered Mariorie wiping her tears…

In a while Kleoniki was recalled by her Creator and passed the borders of this life.

It seemed as though grief and sorrow never ended in this world. Mariorie was left behind to take care of four children

-How can you, how could you, how could she, most people kept saying.

Where did this deep philosophical thinking, this endurance and patience, this selflessness and forgiveness come from?

“What kind of person are you?”, people asked.

-In Christ, Mariorie would answer had she not been hindered by her modesty… A person in Christ.

Sources:

http://multilingual-christianity-orthodoxy.blogspot.com

MULTILINGUAL CHRISTIANITY – ORTHODOXY

&

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNCEoRaEGYLYyaXLyN89Jw

VASILEIA

“Sie müssen es erfahren, weil sie es nicht wissen” – Die Konversion von George Lesier zur Orthodoxie ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German

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ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY

“Sie müssen es erfahren, weil sie es nicht wissen”

Die Konversion von George Lesier zur Orthodoxie

Quelle:

http://www.impantokratoros.gr/719C84C8.el.aspx

Unter diesem Titel veröffentlichen wir den Brief von Fr. Catherine Lesier, durch den sie ihren Dank für den Beitrag unseres Klosters zur Konversion ihres verstorbenen Ehemanns zur Einen, Katholischen und Apostolischen Kirche, unserer Orthodoxen Kirche, ausdrückt.

Wir wählen den obengenannten Titel, weil es sich um einen Ausspruch George Lesiers selbst handelt, mit dem er seinen Schmerz um seine Landsleute zum Ausdruck brachte – er selbst war Franzose – und weil wir glauben, daß diese Veröffentlichung auch denjenigen helfen möge, die die Gnade des Heiligen Geistes noch nicht kennengelernt und gekostet haben.

Die Konversion von George ist selbstverständlich ein Werk der Göttlichen Gnade. Es ist die Antwort Gottes auf seine unschuldige Absicht in seinem persönlichen geistlichen Kampf, der nichts anderes war, als ein Ausdruck der Erwartung seiner Vereinigung mit der Heiligen Kirche. Es ist ohne Zweifel die Frucht der Liebe und der eindringlichen Gebete seiner frommen Frau und der geistlichen Väter und Brüder, die genannt oder ungenannt im Brief von Frau Lesier erwähnt werden.

Der Beitrag unseres Heiligen Klosters liegt im Wirken der göttlichen Vorsehung in ihrem Neuen Marmara Metochion in Chalkidiki in den letzten Jahren.

Wir glauben, daß George, wie er es erbeten hatte, sein Taufgewand rein bewahrt hat und nun in der Gnade Gottes ruht. Er tritt für seine Familie, seine geistlichen Brüder aber auch für seine Landsmänner ein. „Sie müssen es erfahren, weil sie es nicht wissen”, sagte er, wenn er auf sie Bezug nahm. Er wünschte sich, daß sie wenn möglich alle die Gnade des Heiligen Geistes kennenlernten, die er selbst intensiv nach seiner Heiligen Taufe erlebt hatte. Von jetzt an sprach George aus seiner Erfahrung. Deshalb war er so überzeugend und wurde sehr akzeptiert in seinem kleinen Familienkreis und von seinen Landsmännern, die ihn kennenlernten.

Wir beten, daß Gott seiner Seele bei den Gerechten Ruhe gewähren möge, und wir bitten ihn, daß er bei Gott für uns, die wir ihn geliebt haben, beten möge.

N. Marmaras, 15.03.93

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Mein Ehrwürdiger Altvater Georgios, segnen Sie mich,

Ich weiß, daß Ihre Zeit kostbar ist, deshalb bitte ich Sie um Verzeihung, wenn ich Sie nötige, der Lektüre meines Briefes etwas Zeit zu widmen.

Ich persönlich danke Ihnen für den Beitrag der geistlichen Werke des Metochions von Neu Marmara. Besonders danke ich Ihnen und allen Vätern Ihres Klosters, die Sie meinem Ehemann George geholfen haben die Orthodoxie kennenzulernen und im Alter von 65 Jahren getauft zu werden. Ich glaube wirklich, daß ich ein Wunder erlebt habe, denn in den zwanzig Jahren meiner Ehe hatte ich es mit einem sehr schwierigen Mann zu tun, besonders hinsichtlich religiöser Angelegenheiten.

Als ich nach unserer Hochzeit – glücklicherweise heirateten wir in der Orthodoxen Kirche – von einem Beichtvater hörte, daß es ein schweres Vergehen sei, daß ich einen Andergläubigen geheiratet hatte, und sicherlich nannte er ihn sogar einen Häretiker, war ich erschüttert und begann die Last der Verantwortung und der Schuld zu spüren. Der Geistliche schlug mir vor, Continue reading ““Sie müssen es erfahren, weil sie es nicht wissen” – Die Konversion von George Lesier zur Orthodoxie ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German”

“They must learn, for they do not know” – The conversion of French George Lesier from Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy

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ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY

“They must learn, for they do not know”

The conversion of French George Lesier from

Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy

Source:

https://www.impantokratoros.gr/root.en.aspx

https://www.impantokratoros.gr/Conversion-Orthodoxy.en.aspx

With this title we publish the letter of Mrs. Catherine Lesier, by which she expresses her thanks for the contribution of our Holy Monastery for the conversion of her reposed husband to the One, Catholic and Apostolic Church, our Orthodox Church.

We used the above title, because it consists of the saying of George Lesier himself, while expressing his pain for his countrymen, himself being French, and because we believe this publication would also help those who have yet to know and taste the Grace of the Holy Spirit.

The conversion of George, of course is by nature the work of the Divine Grace. It is the response of God to his innocent intention, in his personal spiritual struggle which was but an expression of his anticipation for his union with the Holy Church. It is without doubt the fruit of love and of the hearty prayers of his pious wife and of the spiritual fathers and brothers, who anonymously or otherwise, they are referred to in the letter of Mrs. Lesier.

The contribution of our Holy Monastery lies in the divine functioning providence of its New Marmara Metohion at Halkidiki. of the last few years.
We believe that George, as he requested, kept clean the robe of holy baptism and now he reposes in the glory of the Lord. He intercedes for his family, his spiritual brothers but also for his, of the flesh countrymen. “They must learn, because they do not know” he would say when he referred to them. He wished that they all knew, if possible, the Grace of the Holy Spirit which he intensely lived with his holy baptism. Finally George was speaking from experience. For this he was very convincing and he became greatly accepted within his narrow family circle and by his countrymen that came to know him.

We pray that God rest his spirit with the Just and we ask him to pray to God for us who came to love him.

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N. Marmaras 15-3-1993.

My honourable elder George, bless.

I know your time is precious, for this I beg you to forgive me that I make you spend a little time reading my letter.

Personally I thank you for the contribution of your spiritual work at the New Marmara Metohion. I especially thank you and all the fathers of the Monastery, for helping my husband George to come to Orthodoxy and be baptized at 65 years of age. I truly believe I have lived a miracle, because in my twenty years of married life, I had to deal with a very difficult man, especially in religious matters.

When after our wedding – fortunately we married in the Orthodox Church – I learned from someone spiritual that it is a heavy misdemeanour that I had married a heterodox and even as he called him a heretic. I was shaken and I started to feel the weight of my responsibility and guilt. That Spiritual one suggested to me that I should help him get to know Orthodoxy and perhaps if Continue reading ““They must learn, for they do not know” – The conversion of French George Lesier from Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy”

Fr. Athanasius Henein, Egypt: A Copt-Monophysite Priest’s Conversion to Orthodoxy in Athens, Greece on 2011

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COMING HOME – ORTHODOXY

Fr. Athanasius Henein, Egypt:

A Copt-Monophysite Priest’s Conversion to Orthodoxy

in Athens, Greece on 2011

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FATHER ATHANASIOS HENEIN

Below is a translation I have done introducing the works and person of Fr. Athanasios Henein, a convert from Monophysitism. Although he spent many years in “captivity”, as he himself says, he responded to Christ when He called to him to enter into Life, Orthodoxy; he diligently sought Christ and found Him. For my part I was so impressed by his words that I had to share such a wonderful, if small, taste of his conversion story. I would translate more if I could find the whole account. Enjoy!

An Introduction to the Works and Person of Fr. Athanasios Henein:

Given such a miraculous event, instead of writing a preface ourselves, it is better for Fr. Athanasios to speak for himself, in his own words, about his blessed conversion into Life, the Truth – which exists only in the One Catholic and Apostolic Church, our Orthodox Church.

We praise God for his wonderful work and wish Fr Athanasios, through the intercessions of the Theotokos and of all the saints, the blessing and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ and His support for him and his family. We also thank him for his confidence and the texts he sends us. Eventually we will post both the Greek and Arabic versions to benefit souls and glorify the Lord.

Fr. Athanasios in his own words:

Many speak of heresy, many write about the condition, but few are those who have tasted the bitterness of heresy, and fewer still those who have lived and shed blood to free themselves from its captivity.

Heresy is a way of life, it is a great prison, it is a mental, as well as physical, illness. I, Athanasios Henein, lived these tragic events as the head of the Coptic community in Athens for fifteen years. Copts divide the person of Christ and abolish His inter-human reality and His realistic presence in the world and in the Church.

But the miracle of my healing and conversion to our Mother, the Orthodox Church, was by the grace of the Triune God and the practical love of His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus, the Cretan Elder Methodius, and the fathers of the Holy Monastery of the Resurrection.

The words you will read, dear readers, are a confession of faith, and gratitude. But they are also an appeal for us to work together to help ordinary Copts (of which 15 thousand live in Athens) to experience the beauty of Orthodoxy.

(To read Fr. Athanasios’ articles in English, French, Arabic or Greek see HERE.)

Source:

https://lessonsfromamonastery.wordpress.com

https://lessonsfromamonastery.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/a-monophysite-priests-conversion-to-orthodoxy/

LESSONS FROM A MONASTERY

Fr. Simeon de la Jara, Peru: On a righteous path from Peru to Mount Athos, Greece

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TEXTS – ORTHODOXY

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Fr. Simeon de la Jara, Peru:

On a righteous path from Peru to Mount Athos, Greece

When Miguel Angel de la Jara Higgingson was seven, his mother had a vision. She sensed that her son would some day leave her for a “far away place, like an island, there where people of solitude lived who pray all the time and rarely step out into the world”. Even she, however, could probably not have imagined just how far from his native Peru, both physically and spiritually, his life’s search would take him.

Now he is Father Simeon the hermit, an Orthodox Christian monk of Eastern Orthodox Church who lives on Mount Athos, a self-administrating, all-male monastic community on the Athos peninsula – the eastern most of three jutting peninsulas in the northern Greek prefecture of Halkidiki in Greece.

However, it’s not just his Peruvian origins that make Father Simeon such a well-known figure among visitors to Mount Athos; it’s also his radiant presence as an artist, poet and painter that makes him so sought after, especially by the young.

His journey began in 1968, when at the age of 18 he left Peru to discover the world. After travelling through Europe and Asia for over two years – during which time he was exposed to eastern philosophies and religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and yoga – he finally settled in Paris, where he lived for the next three years.

It was in Paris that he first met a GreekOrthodox monk and learned about Orthodoxy, a meeting that was to have a profound effect on him. For the next Continue reading “Fr. Simeon de la Jara, Peru: On a righteous path from Peru to Mount Athos, Greece”