San Isidoro di Rostov, Stolto in Cristo, dalla Germania (+1474) – 14 maggio

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San Isidoro di Rostov, Stolto in Cristo, dalla Germania (+1474)

14 maggio

San Isidoro Tverdislov, (Costante di Parola) (Germania – Rostov, 14 maggio 1474), fu uno “Stolto in Cristo”.

Nato in Germania da ricchi genitori, abbandonò ancora adolescente la famiglia e, “desiderando il Regno dei Cieli”, distribuì i propri averi ai poveri. Abbigliatosi come un mendicante iniziò dunque a viaggiare per tutta l’Europa, fino a giungere alla città russa di Rostov, dove si convertì al cristianesimo ortodosso, nonostante fosse stato educato fin dall’infanzia al cattolicesimo. Qui scelse, come aveva fatto San Procopio di Ustiug un secolo prima, di diventare uno “Stolto in Cristo”, denominazione con cui vengono indicati coloro che decidendo di vivere simulando la pazzia, in miseria e disprezzando il proprio corpo, credono poter meglio partecipare alla passione di Gesù. A Rostov Isidoro costruì con le proprie mani una capanna in legno per ripararsi alla meglio dagli eventi atmosferici e lì si stabilì.

Secondo la sua Vita, il santo passava la notte dentro la propria capanna in costante preghiera, dormendo e riposando pochissimo al fine di dedicare il proprio corpo a Dio; durante il giorno girava invece per la città simulando pazzia, ammonendo coloro che riteneva si stessero allontanando dalla parola di Dio e aiutando coloro che gli chiedevano aiuto, con i quali divideva i pochi beni ottenuti in carità.

Morì nel 1474.

Nel luogo dove fu sepolto fu costruita una chiesa, dedicata all’Ascensione del Signore, nella cui cripta si trovano tutt’oggi le sue reliquie. La tradizione popolare lo ritenne capace di spirito profetico e gli attribuì numerosi miracoli sia durante la vita che dopo la morte.

Venerato dalla Chiesa ortodossa russa, che lo considera patrono dei marinai, è ricordato il 14 maggio.

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What is a Saint who called Fool-for-Christ?

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What is a Saint who called Fool-for-Christ?

A saint who has the title Fool-for-Christ is one who is known for his apparent, yet holy, insanity.

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. (1 Corinthians 3:18-19)

One form of the ascetic Christian life is called foolishness for the sake of Christ. The fool-for-Christ set for himself the task of battling within himself the root of all sin, pride. In order to accomplish this he took on an unusual style of life, appearing as someone bereft of his mental faculties, thus bringing upon himself the ridicule of others. In addition he exposed the evil in the world through metaphorical and symbolic words and actions. He took this ascetic endeavor upon himself in order to humble himself and to also more effectively influence others, since most people respond to the usual ordinary sermon with indifference. The spiritual feat of foolishness for Christ was especially widespread in Russia. –(Excerpted from The Law of God, Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY: 1993)

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Saint Panagis Basias the Fool for Christ, on the Island of Kefallonia, Greece (+1888) & the woman who revolted against God

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Saint Panagis Basias the Fool for Christ,

on the island of Kefallonia, Greece (+1888) and the woman

who revolted against God

A certain mother on the island of Kefallonia, Greece, who had just lost her two sons, one after the other, was totally devastated and revolted against God. Saint Panagis Basias ran to her house but as she refused to open the door cursing him, he opened her door by making the sign of the Cross on it. When he entered the living room , the portraits of the deceased were on the wall.The two faces came to life and they drew pistols and killed each other. Saint Panagis revealed to their mother afterwards that they had fallen in love with the same woman and they were about to die in this manner, had God not intervened to save them from this greater disaster.

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Άγιος Ισίδωρος ο διά Χριστόν Σαλός από την Γερμανία στο Ροστώφ της Ρωσίας, πρώην Ρωμαιοκαθολικός (+1474)

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Άγιος Ισίδωρος ο διά Χριστόν Σαλός

από την Γερμανία στο Ροστώφ της Ρωσίας,

πρώην Ρωμαιοκαθολικός (+1474)

14 Μαΐου

Ο Άγιος Ισίδωρος Τβερντίσλοβ (= πιστός του Λόγου), γεννήθηκε στην Γερμανία από πλούσιους γονείς. Μεγαλωμένος σε Ρωμαιοκαθολικό περιβάλλον, μεταστράφηκε αργότερα στην Ορθόδοξη πίστη. Από τη νεότητά του έζησε ασκητικό βίο και είχε στην καρδιά του μεγάλη ευσπλαχνία για τους ανθρώπους. Επιθυμώντας τη Βασιλεία του Θεού ο Άγιος εγκατέλειψε την πατρική οικία, διαμοίρασε την περιουσία του στους φτωχούς και άρχισε να ζει περιπλανώμενος. Τελικά έφθασε στη Ρωσία και αποφάσισε να ζήσει στο Ροστώβ. Εδώ ο Άγιος Ισίδωρος ζούσε μέσα στο χιόνι και στο κρύο, υπομένοντας κάθε προσβολή. Εγκαταστάθηκε σε μία σαθρή ξύλινη καλύβα, την οποία έφτιαξε ο ίδιος. Επέλεξε ένα ακατανόητο τρόπο ζωής για το Όνομα του Χριστού, τον οποίο ο Απόστολος Παύλος περιγράφει στην Α’ Επιστολή του προς Κορινθίους.

Ο Άγιος Ισίδωρος περνούσε τον καιρό του με αδιάλειπτη προσευχή, μη επιτρέποντας στον εαυτό του πολύ ύπνο ή ξεκούραση. Στεκόταν όλη τη νύχτα άγρυπνος και δοξολογούσε τον Θεό.

Την ημέρα ο Άγιος έκανε τους γύρους της πόλεως, ενεργώντας ως σαλός. Όπως ο Ιώβ ο παλαιός στην υπομονή του, έτσι και ο Άγιος Ισίδωρος, ενώ ήταν ακόμα ζωντανός, ήταν μαζί επίγειος Άγγελος και ουράνιος άνθρωπος, μια φιλεύσπλαχνη ψυχή, αγνός στη σκέψη, με άγρυπνη καρδιά, πίστη ακαταίσχυντη και αληθινή αγάπη χωρίς υποκρισία. Κατά την διάρκεια του βίου του αξιώθηκε από τον Θεό να επιτελεί θαύματα.

Ο Άγιος Ισίδωρος κοιμήθηκε με ειρήνη το 1474 μ.Χ. Οι Χριστιανοί πληροφορήθηκαν την κοίμησή του μόνο όταν περνώντας έξω από την καλύβα του ένιωσαν την ευωδία, που ανέδιδε το ιερό λείψανό του. Στον τόπο του ενταφιασμού του Αγίου, κτίσθηκε ο ναός της Αναλήψεως του Κυρίου, στον οποίο φυλάσσονται τα λείψανά του.

Ο Άγιος Ισίδωρος ονομάζεται Τβερντίσλοβ (πιστός του Λόγου), επειδή ομιλούσε συνεχώς για τον Ιησού Χριστό.