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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De winter is koud, maar het Paradijs is zoet – Heilige Basilius de Dwaas om Christus, Rusland (+1552) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Dutch

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We herinneren ons het woord van de Heilige Basilius de Dwaas om Christus (Rusland, 1469-1552), die zei: “De winter is koud, maar het Paradijs is zoet“.

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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.

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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)

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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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