Become fools for Christ – Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris (+1945)

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Become fools for Christ

Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris (+1945):

«It would be great lie to tell searching souls “Go to church, because there you will find peace”.

The opposite is true.

The Church tells those who are at peace and asleep: “Go to church, because there you will feel real anguish for your sins, for your perdition, for the world’s sins and perdition.

There you will feel an unappeasable hunger for Christ’s truth.

There, instead of becoming lukewarm, you will be set on fire; instead of pacified, you will become alarmed; instead of learning wisdom of this world you will become fools for Christ”».

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Saint Isidore the German Fool-for-Christ in Rostov, Russia (+1474) – From Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy

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Saint Isidore the German Fool-for-Christ in Rostov, Russia (+1474)

From Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy

Feast day: May 14

Saint Isidore Tverdislov (“Constant of Word”), Fool-for-Christ, Wonderworker of Rostov. He was born in Germany of rich parents. From his youth, he led “an unsullied life and had a compassionate understanding.” Leaving his parental home and “desiring the Kingdom of God,” Saint Isidore distributed his wealth to the poor. Taking up the staff of a wanderer, he visited many lands and cities.

It is not known where he accepted the holy Orthodox Faith, but he was raised in Catholicism. Finally, he arrived in Russia and decided to live in Rostov. Here Saint Isidore, “in filth and snow and rain and cold” and “enduring every outrage,” settled in a rickety wooden hut that he himself had made. He chose a foolish manner of life for the sake of Christ, which Saint Paul describes in his Epistle” (1 Cor.4:10-13).

Saint Isidore spent all his time at unceasing prayer, not allowing himself much sleep or rest. “He stood at all night vigil and praise” to dedicate his body “everlastingly to God.”

By day the blessed one made the rounds of the city, acting like a fool. “Like Job of old in his patience,” Blessed Isidore, while still alive, was “an earthly angel and a heavenly man,” “a compassionate soul, and pure of thought, and vigilant heart and faith unassailed, and true love without pretense.” During his life he received the grace to work miracles.

Saint Isidore reposed in the year 1474. They learned of his death only when passing by his hut they noticed a special fragrance. At the place of his burial in the city of Rostov the church of the Ascension of the Lord was built, in which his relics rest in a crypt as a source of miracles to the present day.

Blessed Isidore is termed “Tverdislov” [“Constant of Word”] since that he spoke constantly. [The title “Tverdislov” seems unique to Saint Isidore. This supplemental account of him is from Bulgakov’s NASTOLNAYA KNIGA (1900).]

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Saint Andrew the Fool-for-Christ of Totma, Russia (+1673) – October 10

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Saint Andrew the Fool for Christ of Totma, Russia (+1673)

October 10

Saint Andrew of Totma, the Fool-for-Christ was born in the year 1638 in the village of Ust-Totma in Russia and chose to leave the world while still a child. With the blessing of Stephen, igumen of the Resurrection monastery in Galich, Andrew took upon himself the arduous calling of fool-for-Christ. He lived at the church of the Resurrection of Christ in the city of Totma on the banks of the River Sukhona.

Walking barefoot in both winter and summer, Andrew wore tattered clothing, and ate only bread and water, and that in such a small quantity that it just barely kept him from starving. He prayed both day and night, and if anyone gave him anything, he would give it away to the poor. For his efforts and toil the Blessed Andrew acquired the gift of wonderworking.

One winter a blind man by the name of Azhibokai came to the blessed fool, asking for healing while offering him a large sum of money. But the fool fled away. Azhibokai then washed his eyes with snow from where the saint had stood. In doing so, he was able to see.

The time of his own death was revealed to the Blessed Andrew. He made his confession, received the Holy Mysteries and peacefully fell asleep in the Lord in 1673. Over his grave was built the bell-tower church of the holy Martyr Andrew Stratelates (August 19), whose name he bore. Many miracles were witnessed at the grave of the Blessed Andrew.

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Fools for Christ – Fr. Rick’s Sermons, Minnesota, USA

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Fools for Christ – Fr. Rick’s Sermons

St George Greek Orthodox Church in St Paul, Minnesota, USA

Someone once said, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt”. Another person said, “The mouth is the grocer’s friend, the dentist’s fortune, the orator’s pride and the fool’s trap”. The dictionary defines a “fool” as: “a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense”. Psalm 14:1 & 53:1 “A fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God'”. Proverbs 12:15 “The way of the fool is right in his own eyes (but he who heeds counsel is wise)”.

So what does St. Paul mean when he says in today’s Epistle Reading from the 10th Sunday of Matthew (1Corinthians 4:9-16), “We are fools for Christ’s sake? (v.10)”. After all he is referring to himself and the rest of the “apostles” (v.9). The same men who were chosen by Jesus to be His closest disciples and were responsible for spreading the Good News of His Resurrection beyond Jerusalem into Europe, Africa and Asia. Are the apostles fools because they were condemned to death (v.9), weak, dishonored (v.10), hungry, thirsty, poorly clothed, beaten, homeless (v.11), reviled, persecuted (v.12), defamed, and filthy (v.13)? A person would have to be a stupid to endure all those indignities, right? Who, in their right mind, would put up with all that? Then, to top all off, St. Paul closes with a plea to the Corinthians, “I urge you, imitate me?” (v.16). Yeah, right!

Did anyone know that there is a class of saints known as “Fools for Christ”? Just like there are prophets, apostles, hierarchs, martyrs, confessors, ascetics and healers, there are approximately 45 saints with a special title “Fool for Christ”. What are the characteristics, qualities and accomplishments of a person who is called a “Fool for 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 Continue reading “Fools for Christ – Fr. Rick’s Sermons, Minnesota, USA”

Video: Saint Gabriel Urgebadze the Confessor & Fool for Christ of Georgia (+1995)

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Saint Gabriel Urgebadze the Confessor

& Fool for Christ of Georgia (+1995)

Fr. Photios Lavriotis the Fool for Christ on Lesbos Island in Greece (+2010) & his cassock

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Fr. Photios Lavriotis the Fool for Christ

on Lesbos Island in Greece (+2010) & his cassock

Father Photios Lavriotis the Fool in Christ who lived in Island of Lesvos in Greece (+2010) completed a total of 68 years as a clergyman, a liturgist of the Holy Sanctuary. He was loved by all and known for his courage, asceticism, and commitment to Orthodox tradition. For the peculiarity of his appearance, he said: “I am a monk, which is why I do not attach much importance to my cassock”.

 

The alms of Saint Panagis Basias, Fool for Christ, Priest on the island of Kefallonia (+1888)

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The alms of Saint Panagis Basias, Fool for Christ,

Priest on the island of Kefallonia (+1888)

He had sold all his family’s possessions and gave away whatever financial sources he came across to the poor , whom he considered to be his children. When he came into town, a bunch of poor women always followed him, and he would give them whatever he had, to the point of not having anything to eat himself. Like a new St Nicholas, he knew which family was in need and he intervened to support them or strengthen their faith to God. His love for his neighbor was mixed with bravery and he would often enter a shop, open the cash register drawer and get whatever he thought was necessary for his alms…One day a baker refused to give him what he asked for and his dough failed to rise.

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Saint Panagis Basias the Fool for Christ of the Island of Kefallonia in Greece (+1888) & the family which sent away a poor man empty-handed

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Saint Panagis Basias the Fool for Christ

of the Island of Kefallonia in Greece (+1888) & the family which sent

away a poor man empty-handed

St Panagis Basias, fool for Christ, priest on the island of Kefallonia, some other time visited a home, where, as they were expecting visitors, they had a pot boiling on fire and he overturned it , because a poor man had just passed by and they had sent him away empty-handed.

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Video: Fools for Christ – Fr. Rick’s Sermons, Minnesota, USA

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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 Priest & Fool for Christ on Island of Kefallonia, Greece (+1888) led to the Holy Confession those who were about to die suddenly

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Saint Panagis Basias the Priest & Fool for Christ

on Island of Kefallonia, Greece (+1888) led to the Holy Confession

those who were about to die suddenly

St Panagis had the gift of foresight and prophecy, which he used to correct people. To those who were about to die soon violently, recommended they should go to confess their sins and to those who were about to commit a serious offense he warned them by giving them an inkling of what was going to happen. On a rainy night , he came across someone who was about to commit a sin and he shouted out:”Sin, sin, go back home!”.

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Saint Andrew the Fool-For-Christ at Constantinople, Asia Minor (+936)

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Saint Andrew the Fool-For-Christ

at Constantinople, Asia Minor (+936)

May 28 & October 2

Saint Andrew, Fool-for-Christ, was a Slav and lived in the tenth century at Constantinople. From his early years, he loved God’s Church and the Holy Scriptures. Once during a dream, the saint beheld a vision of two armies. In the one were men in radiant garb, in the other, black and fiercesome devils. An angel of God, who held wondrous crowns, said to Andrew, that these crowns were not adornments from the earthly world, but rather a celestial treasure, with which the Lord rewards His warriors, victorious over the dark hordes. “Proceed with this good deed,” the angel said to Andrew. “Be a fool for My sake and you will receive much in the day of My Kingdom.”

The saint perceived that it was the Lord Himself summoning him to this deed. From that time Andrew began to go about the streets in rags, as though his mind had become muddled. For many years the saint endured mockery and insults. With indifference he underwent beatings, hunger and thirst, cold and heat, begging alms and giving them away to the poor. For his great forebearance and humility the saint received from the Lord the gift of prophecy and wisdom, saving many from spiritual perils, and he unmasked the impiety of many.

While praying at the Blachernae church, Saint Andrew beheld the Most Holy Mother of God, holding her veil over those praying under her Protection (October 1). Saint Andrew died in the year 936.

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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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