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SAINT PAISIOS

of Mount Athos

by Hieromonk Isaac

Translated by
Hieromonk Alexis (Trader) PhD, and Fr Peter Heers

Edited by

Hieromonk Alexis (Trader) PhD,
Fr Evdokimos (Goranitis) and Philip Navarro

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (1924-1994) was one of the greatest and most revered elders of the Orthodox Church in the twentieth century. An inheritor and conveyed of the ascetic ethos and dogmatic consciousness of the Holy Apostles and Holy Fathers, he lived the monastic life in obscurity on the Holy Fathers, he lived the monastic life in obscurity on the Holy Mountain of Athos in northern Greece but became a beacon of true life in Christ to faithful throughout the world. He commited himself entirely into the hands of God and God in turn gave him as a light and guide to all who seek the Truth and salvation....


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Hardcover
book size (in cm): 15X21
Pages: 720
ISBN: 978-960-89764-5-0
Υear of publication
: 2016
Language: English



  Preface xix
  Preface to the Greek Edition xxiii
 
PART ONE
 
  His Life  

1

His Ancestors According to the Flesh and to the Spirit

3
  The Frontier of Farasa 5
  His Family 7
  Baptized and Uprooted 10

2

In Training for the Ascetic Life

13
  An Upbringing in the Instruction and Admonition of the Lord 15
  Childhood Ascetism 16
  A Carpenter 20
  A Grace-filled Child 22
  With the Cross as his Guide 23
  A Vision of God 23
  Preparation for the Monastic Life 25
  Caring for Others 28
  Trials and Dangers 30
  The Staff and Support of his Family 32

3

Army Service

35
  A Virtuous Signalman 37
  Hardships 38
  Ascetic Struggles and Experiences 39
  Sacrifice for Other 41
  He does Good and is Slandered 42
  He Saves the Unit 43
  Self-sacriface 44
  Prayer in the Midst of Bullets 45
  Disobedience to a Blasphemer 46

4

Searching and Preparing

49
  His First Visit to the Holy Mountain 51
  Labor and Preparation 54

5

Coenobitic Life in the Monastery of Esphigmenou

57
  An Obstacle before his Departure 59
  Coenobitic Monastic Life at Esphigmenou 59
  The Novitiate and Obediences 61
  A Begginer's Struggles 62
  Enduring the Pangs of Love for his Family 64
  Demonic Appearances 64
  A Rasophore Monk 65
  He sees the Lamb Thrashing 66
  An Ever-vigilant Laborer 67
  Obedience unto Blood 68
  A Visit of Divine Grace 71
  Departing for Stillness 72

6

Life in the Idiorythmic Monastery of Philotheou

73
  As the Disciple of an Elder 75
  Willing Disciple and Unseen Struggler 77
  A Proud Thought 79
  Annoyances from the Little Troublemaker 80
  He Devices a Way to Help 81
  In Konitsa for Healing 82
  The Providence of God 84
  The Small Schema 85
  His Association with Virtuous Fathers 87
  Blessings from the Mother of God 89
  He Receives a Ralevation 90

7

At the Monastery of Stomio in Konitsa

93
  Rebuilding the Monastery 95
  Commanding Respect 99
  Leaping into the Chasm 101
  Transferring the Relics of Saint Arsenios 101
  Labors, Ascetic Feats, and Stillness 104
  Protector of the Poor and the Orphans 107
  Confronting Temptation as a Martyr 109
  Anti-Heretical Struggles 112
  Led by the Holy Spirit 113
  Demonic Attacks 115
  Saved by Divine Providence 116
  A Nighttime Visit from the Mother of God 117
  A Deceptively Attractive Demonic Vision 119
  Closeness to Wild Animals 120
  Other Incidents at Stomio 121
  Departure from Stomio 125

8

A Hermit on the God-trodden Mountain of Sinai

129
  Journey to Sinai 131
  He Ends the Drought 134
  Blessed Life in the Desert 134
  Tasting Divine Communion 138
  Handiwork and Almsgiving 139
  Tempted in the Desert 141
  A Hermit's Companions 143
  The Passionless Ancestors of God 144
  At the Forty Martyrs' Chapel 145
  His Mother's Repose 145
  "Kazantzakis" 146
  Consolation for a Non-communicant 146
  Unseen Warfare and Indescribable States of Being 147
  Leaving the Sweet Desert 149

9

At Iveron Skete

153
  Stillness or a Brotherhood? 155
  Life at the Skete 157
  Help for a Departed Soul 159
  The Holy Forerunner Comes to his Defence 160
  A Demonic Stoning 161
  Fed by an Angel 162
  The Great Schema 162
  Lung Surgery 163

10

In Remote Katounakia

167
  At the Poor Hermitafe of Hypatios 169
  Undershirts for an Ascetic 171
  A Demon-possessed Man 171
  Cutting a Gordian knot 172
  Poverty 173
  "I Eat all the Time" 173
  A Most-sweet Light 174
  The Founding of a Women's Monastery 175

11

At the Hermitage of the Holy Cross

177
  At the Monastery of Stavronikita 179
  The Repose of Father Tikhon 180
  His Life at Holy Cross 182
  "A Light unto my Paths" 186
  The Elder Helps a New Monk 187
  Fish from God 189
  An Appearance of Saint Arsenios 190
  Father Tikhon and the Temptation 192
  On the Island of Tinos 193
  Birds Become Silent 193
  A Deluded Monk 194
  Suffering with the Sick 195
  Cassocks and an Olive Tree 199
  In Farasa 200
  A Soul in Hell 202
  Saint Euphemia 204
  "Olet" 208
  Prayer Even for Demons 208
  Demonic Disturbances 209
  Safe from Gunfire 210
  An Unforgettable Visit 211
  He Sees a Soul 212
  Young George from the Far East 212
  In Australia 215
  The Nighttime Visitor 218
  The Appearance of Christ 220
  Roads and Cars 222
  Foresight 224
  A Radiant Icon 224
  A Saint "Treated Unjustly" 225
  A Crowd of Demons 227
  A Snake Confirms the Elder's Words 228
  He Prayed and the Heavens Gave Rain 228
  Guardian Angel 229
  A Different Kind of Feast 229
  A Different Kind of Answer 234
  Divine Liturgy at the Hermitage of the Holy Cross 236
  God has to Help 238
  Cheerful and Witty 240

12

At Panagouda Giving to the Suffering

247
  Settling at Panagouda 249
  Saints Panteleimon and Lucillian 252
  "Comfort Ye my People" 254
  The Appearance of Saint Blaise 257
  A Fragrance from the Icon "It Is Truly Meet" 259
  The Relics of Saint Kosmas the First 260
  A Goat on the Roof 260
  A Multitude of Lights and his Hermitage 261
  The Promise of the Mother of God 262
  In the Holy Land and Sinai 262
  Energies of Divine Grace 264
  A Vision of a Praying Child 266
  "My Christ, Bless me" 266
  "A Terrible Vision" 267
  "The Panagia!" 268
  The Antichrist, the Number 666, and Identification Cards 269
  A Fragrance from Holy Relics 273
  A Hernia Operation 273
  Surprises 275
  The Blasphemous Film 276
  He Sees the Grace of the Priesthood 278
  Transfiguration 279
  The Elder Responds to a Pilgrim's Thought 281
  "Your Legs are Broken" 281
  Healing the Sick 282
  Capturing the City 285
  First, Ask Forgiveness 287
  "You have to have Spiritual Nobility" 287
  The Swinging of the Oil Lamp 288
  "He's Coming..." 289
  The Hindu Leader 290
  A Disciple of Maharaji 291
  The Elder and Young people 292

13

Illness and a blessed repose

307
  Pain and Illness 309
  "Something Happened to Me" 311
  At the Limit of his Endurance 312
  His Final Departure from Athos. His Illness Progresses 314
  Helping Others Amidst Agonizing Pain 316
  A Blessed, Unnoticed Repose 320

14

Miracles After His Repose

325
  "He has not Left Us" 327
  Heavenly Fragrance 328
  He Casts out a Demon 330
  A Child's Deliverance 331
  Appearance and Aid to a Student 332
  Appearance in a Dream 333
  Miraculous Aid 334
  Invisible Presence 335
  Intervention in Traffic Accidents 336
  Spiritual Resurrections 339
  A Tumor Disappears 341
  Healing of a Demoniac 341
  He Restores Eyesight 343
 
PART TWO
 
  Themes  

15

Virtues

347
  Utter Estrangement from the World 349
  Obedience 156
  The "Wealth of Humility" 363
  Worker and Preacher of Repentance 375
  Non-possessiveness 383
  An Unquenchable Thirst for Asceticism 390
  "And We Labour, Working with our own Hands..." 405
  The Aroma of Reverence 414
  He Loved Righteousness 422
  Eager Goodness 427
  Trust in Divine Providence 430
  An Angel of Peace 435
  A Lamp of Discernment 440
  A Lover of Stillness 450
  Watchfulness 458
  His Rule of Prayer 465
  Dispassion 487
  Noble love 491

16

Spiritual Gifts

505
  Transcending the Laws of Nature 507
  Reconciliation with Creation 522
  Praying for the Whole World 527
  Gift-bearing Teacher 536
  The Gift of Comforting 540
  A Foe and Persecutor of the Demons 546
  As Myrrh Gushing Forth 558
  Communicating with Foreigners 562
  Strange and Wondrous Journeys 565
  Sensing Prayers and Entreaties 569
  Knowledgeable about the State of the Reposed 574
  Clairvoyance and Foresight 577
  The Gift of Healing 598
  Appearances of Saints 611
  A Beam of Uncreated Light 616

17

Offerings

623
  A Professor of the Desert 625
  Missionary Work from the Desert 628
  Going out into the World 634
  Defender of Tradition 644
  The Mother Church 655
  On behalf of his People and his Native Land 666

18

Addendum

667
  The Elder's Appearance, Character, and Natural Gifts 679
  His Message 685
  The Elder's Spiritual Will 687
 
Appendix

691
  Glossary 693
  Suggested Bibliography 713
  Maps 717

Elder Paisios of Mount Athos (1924-1994) was one of the greatest and most revered elders of the Orthodox Church in the twentieth century. An inheritor and conveyed of the ascetic ethos and dogmatic consciousness of the Holy Apostles and Holy Fathers, he lived the monastic life in obscurity on the Holy Fathers, he lived the monastic life in obscurity on the Holy Mountain of Athos in northern Greece but became a beacon of true life in Christ to faithful throughout the world. He commited himself entirely into the hands of God and God in turn gave him as a light and guide to all who seek the Truth and salvation.

This biography, written by his close spiritual disciple Elder Isaac and universally recognized as the most authoritative account of his life, has been reprinted numerous times in noumerous languages. The life and virtues of the elder are exhaustivelu and accurately sketched in profound simplicity, revealing the spiritual brilliance which shone forth from his heart, enveloping on all who drew near.

In part one, we are led step by step through the development of a contemporary saint: from his origins in Cappadocia and early spiritual zeal, through his monastic beginnings in the monastery and ascetic struggles on Athos and Sinai, to his outpouring of spirituala consolation to his fellow man and his blessed repose in the Lord. In part two, we are presented with the full spectrum of his spiritual personality: his virtues, way of life, spiritual gifts, self-offering and teaching.

The life of Elder Paisios of Mount Athos resembles a garden adorned with countless flowers in bloom, radiant and colorful, beautiful to the eyes of man's spiritual heart, letting off an otherworldly aroma of holiness. The reader is invited to enter into his life and words, to "lay aside all earthly cares," to see life from the divine perspective, to understand the mystery of the Gospel by standing under, submitting and entrusting oneself to the experience and wisdom of this God-bearing Holy Father.

From the Preface by F. Peter Alban Heers





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