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Symeon the New Theologian Church. Personalities Margarete Mary Alacoque

Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia

Born: Feb 7, 1906;  Evia, Kingdom of Greece
Died: Dec 2, 1991 (aged 85);  Mount Athos, Hellenic Republic

Saint Porphyrios (Bairaktaris) the Kapsokalyvite was an Athonite hieromonk known for his gifts of spiritual discernment, a type of clairvoyance which he sometimes called "spiritual television." His sainthood was declared by the synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on November 27, 2013.

Life with Christ

You live wherever Christ is. You live in heaven with saints and on earth with people.

The Elder was teaching: “When you find Christ, you will be enough: you do not want anything else, you calm down, you become a different person. You live wherever Christ is. You live among the stars, you live in an infinite space. You live in the sky with angels and with saints. You live in the sky with angels and with saints. You live on earth with people, plants, animals — with everything in the world.”

Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia
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The love of God changes everything, transforms everything, sanctifies, corrects and makes it different. You live in a different reality, a different world.

A great medicine is to devote oneself to the zealous service of Christ,” said the Elder. “Everything heals, everything starts to work normally. The love of God changes everything, transforms everything, sanctifies, corrects and makes it different. Our soul will receive great consolation if it thirsts for Christ. Then we will not be engaged in everyday and low things, but we will be engaged in spiritual and higher things, we will live in the spiritual world.

When you live in the spiritual world, then you live in a different reality, a different world that your soul enjoys and longs for. But you are not insensitive and not indifferent to a person who is mired in sin… On the contrary, you sympathize even more deeply, you want him to find salvation, light and holiness, so that everyone enters the Church!

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Passions fight against us

St. Simeon the New Theologian writes about this:

We, the faithful, must look at all the faithful as one … and think that in each of them is Christ, and treat each with such love as to be ready to lay down our souls and our lives for him. We should not talk about anyone or think that he is angry, but see everyone as good …

For if you see anyone overwhelmed with passions, do not hate your brother, but the passions that fight against him, and if you see someone possessed by lusts and habits of previously committed sins, have pity on him even more so that you yourself do not fall into temptation, since you too are of a substance that easily changes and returns from good to evil.

When Christ enters the heart…

When Christ enters the heart, the passions disappear. Then you can neither swear, nor hate, nor take revenge, you can do neither one nor the other … Where do hatred, antipathy, condemnation, selfishness, despondency and stress come from? Christ reigns and the thirst for non-evening light. This thirst gives you the feeling that death is just a bridge that you will cross at some point in order to continue the life of Christ.

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Be healthy…

It is not pain that kills us, but our own fear of pain and our doubts about the omnipotence of the Creator God.

We pray, we do not take medicine, but we cannot calm down, so the miracle does not happen. But you will say: “I didn’t take medicine, how can I not believe?” But still inside of us, in the depths of doubt and fear, we think: “Can this happen?”

Do you understand, it's all about the fear that is inside of us?! It's not pain that kills us, it's our own fear of pain! You must overcome this fear, or it will kill us…

The word of Scripture is at work here:

If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. (Mat 21:21).

Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia
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We get sick because we are nervous. We are nervous because we sin.

One day he asked me, “What is medicine?”

I replied, “Some kind of chemical compound that we take to get well.”

He was not satisfied with my answer: “Tell me, what is medicine? Does that word itself mean nothing to you?”

I couldn't find anything to say to him.

Then Geronda continued: “Medicine, my child, means poison … (In Greek, this is the same word: pharmako.)) Do not think that medicines are always only good. They are still harmful. Why do we take medicine? Because we are sick. Why are we sick? Because we're nervous. Why are we nervous? Because we sin. But if we allow Christ to dwell in our soul, then sin runs away, nervousness runs away, sickness runs away, and we throw away medicines…”

The cause of all diseases is irritability and nervousness.

Geronda said to one sister:

“Women who are jealous of their husbands get cancer very often. For this reason, even the wives of priests fall ill. The cause of all diseases is irritability and nervousness. They provoke the formation of even kidney stones.”

The activity of the endocrine glands, liver, bile, pancreas, stomach…

Note that when you do not live with Christ, then you live in anguish, in sorrow, in stress, in spiritual distress, you lead the wrong life. Then there are many anomalies in the body that affect the body, the activity of the endocrine glands, liver, bile, pancreas, stomach. They tell you: “To be healthy, drink milk in the morning, eat an egg, butter and two or three crackers.” But if you live right, if you love Christ, then with one orange and one apple you are completely fine.

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