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Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi

Obedience is Life Elder Ephraim of Katounakia

Christ glorifies His saints, and they glorify His Body the Church as His genuine members. One of these godly men is the Athonite Elder Ephraim of Katounakia, who reposed in 1998. He lived 65 years of strict ascetism on the Holy Mountain (42 of which were as a monk in obedience), far from the world, poor according to the world, but rich in the divine charismata of the Holy Spirit that he had acquired, and was shown to be an obedient disciple filled with spiritual gifts.


English language

Paperback
Size: 14x21
Pages: 216
ISBN: 960-773-525-0



  PROLOGUE by Archimandrite Ephraim of Vatopaidi. 11
  FORWARD TO THE ENGLISH EDITION. 16
  INTRODUCTION. 21
1.  FROM THEBES TO THE HERMITAGE OF SAINT EPHRAIM AT KATOUNAKIA 26
  Fr. Procopios and the Saints Theodore. 33
  Elder Nikiphoros. 36
  The Elder's Father and Mother. 44
2. DISCIPLESHIP WITH ELDER JOSEPH THE HESYCHAST. 47
  The Repose of Elder Joseph. 63
3. THE NEW BROTHERHOOD OF ELDER EPHRAIM. 67
  Compassion Towards the Poor and the Weak. 71
  The Repose of Elder Ephraim. 74
4. A VISIT TO THE HOLY MONASTERY OF VATOPAIDI 76
4a. THE ROLE OF THE ELDER IN THE MONASTIC LIFE
76
  The elder and the disciple. 79
  Do not do anything without the misent of the elder. 81
  "I have an elder". 87
  Do not hide jour thoughts. 89
  You must see others as holy. 90
  Oneness with the elder. 93
  The worthy disciple 94
  The only one that I loved and I feared. 95
  Do not judge your elder. 97
  You judge the elder; you judge God. 98
4b. OBEDIENCE IS LIFE; DISOBEDIENCE, DEATH 100
  Our own effort. 100
  Levels of obedience. 102
  Obedience will bring about all things. 103
  Let's not forget our vows. 109
  The possessed man and obedience. 110
  The calendar issue and obedience. 11
  He who knew and did not do. 117
  Obedience to the brother monks. 118
  An example of disobedience. 119
  Disobedience means death. 123
4c. PRAY WITHOUT CEASING 125
  Monologistic prayer. 133
  Elder, I forget to say the prayer. 134
  Praying for the afflicted. 138
4d. TRIALS, TEMPTATIONS, AND AFFLICTIONS 140
  Physical illness and healing. 142
4e. TOPICS ON THE SPIRITUAL LIFE 147
  Maintaining the spiritual program 147
  The cenobitic system. 150
  The thoughts are reckoned. 154
  Self-examination. 155
  Experience is helpful. 156
  Preserve your zeal. 157
  Beware of vainglory. 158
  Divine providence and the parents of monks. 159
5. PERSONAL ACCOUNTS. 162
6. LETTERS. 199
  EPILOGUE 207
  Glossary. 209




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