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).]

Source:

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聖ガブリエル (+1995) – ジョージア (国) St Gabriel of Georgia ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Japanese

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聖ガブリエル (+1995) – ジョージア (国) St Gabriel of Georgia

 

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.

Sources:

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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.

Sources:

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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.

Fonte: Wikipedia

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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