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Elder Arsenios the Cave-Dweller ( 1886-1983)

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Monk Joseph Dionysiatis

Elder Arsenios the Cave-Dweller ( 1886-1983)

I must confess that for Elder Arsenios, the Gospel words, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no guile!"are relevant. He was naturally straight-forward, simple, offenceless, meek, obedient; a rare struggler, who possessed nothing. For Elder Arsenios, his yes was always yes, and his no, no. He never harboured resentment, no matter how he was wronged. He never got angry; he never hurt anyone. He lived obedience with precision. That is why, through obedience and his unwavering faith in his Elder, he lived in a way that surpassed the laws of nature. During vigils, he began the night labouring excessively by kneeling thousands of times and then remained standing until morning. (Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi)

 


English language

Paperback
Size: 14x21
Pages: 208



Greeting of His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos 9
Preface 11
Introduction 27
PART A
THE CHILDHOOD YEARS OF ANASTASIOS DIVINE CALL
 
Childhood years 33
Divine desire and the courageous decision 36
On foot to Constantinople 37
At the Holy Land 38
And a few words about little Parthena
39
Meeting with Ieronimos of Aegina 39
A little light on the enigma surrounding the Hermitess Photini 43
PART Β
THE FIRST YEARS ON THE HOLY MOUNTAIN OBEDIENCE TO THE SIMPLE ELDER EPHRAIM
 
The Holy Mountain - Holy Monastery of Stavronikita 47
Towards the inner desert 48
Meeting of Monk Arsenios with the young Francis 48
The search for an Elder 51
The two stragglers in submission to the simple and saintly Elder Ephraim 52
At the Skete of St Basil (1923-38) 54
Monk Arsenios, in a vision, sees Elder Ephraim after his blessed repose 55
PART C
MORE INTENSE STRUGGLES AFTER THE BLESSED REPOSE OF THEIR ELDER
 
Monk Joseph takes the initiative 59
With Daniel the Hesychast and Father Cyril 60
"Rusk" - the common diet of ascetics 65
The tradition about the naked ascetics and the two barefoot monks... 67
"Obedience is better than sacrifice"
69
A kind intention and the Elder's blessing 71
Amazing events from the life of the two ascetics 73
Advice and amazing events from the life of Elder Arsenios 76
A few comments about St Silouan the Athonite 78
Keeping vigils 79
Program 82
Reading 84
The words of Elder Arsenios are the fruit of experience 85
Conversations of the Elder with pious pilgrims 86
The Elder's humour - amusing but also beneficial 90
The woman eating in secret and over-eating 93
The wild swallow on the Elder's shoulders 96
The monk who was troubled by the demon 97
Not only was the vine crooked but 99
The recluse Joseph takes Communion by the hand of an angel - More difficult struggles - The apples of the Theotokos 100
Gerasimos Menagias 102
Ephraim the "fat one" 104
And two amazing instances of return 105
About an ascetic who was a gem 109
The spiritual father Elder Euthymios 109
PART D
LITTLE ST ANNE THE BROTHERHOOD OF ELDER JOSEPH
 
To the caves of Little St Anne (1938-1953) 113
Father Ephraim Katounakiotis 114
The acquaintance of Father Ephraim with Elder Joseph 116
At the huts again 119
The nephew of Elder Arsenios 120
Accounting of the day - Self-examination 123
PART E
THE REPOSE OF THE GREAT ELDER ELDER ARSENIOS AS ELDER OF OUR BROTHERHOOD
 
Elder Theophylactos - Move to New Skete (1953-67) 127
Father Athanasios 130
The holy repose of the Great Elder 133
PART F
AT BOURAZERI
 
Move from New Skete to the big Russian Cells Bourazeri and St Artemios Provata (1967) 139
The dreams of the Elder 142
The Elder moves to Bourazeri - First stop "St Artemios" Provata 144
The repose of the Russian - The dog of liar-Basil 145
The Elder and the fleas 147
Pilgrimage to Panagia Portaitissa - The spiritual father, Father Maximos, and his disciple Monk Nektarios 148
Last elderly struggles 150
With the ascetic Elder Paisios 152
Some teachings from the Elder 155
From the life of the Elder 159
From now on they will be saying "Hieromonk Haralambos"
161
PART G
LAST YEARS AT THE MONASTERY OF DIONYSIOY REPOSE OF THE ELDER
 
To the Holy Monastery of Dionysiou 165
At the monastery's hospital 166
Fruits from the many years of struggle 168
The blessed end 170
The Elder's funeral 172
THE ELDER'S LETTERS 175
EPILOGUE 195




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