“The present transitory life is like the sea, and we are the ships. Just as ships at sea, we don’t encounter only peace, but many times we meet with strong winds and great storms, scandals, temptations, sicknesses, sorrows, distress, persecutions, and various dangers. We mustn’t lose courage, however. We must be bold, courageous, and faithful. If we lose courage in the face of danger, as timid humans of little faith, let us call on Christ as Peter did, and He will reach out His hand and help us.” (Elder Philotheos Zervakos, + 1980)
– A bit about Elder Philotheos Zervakos:
He was born in 1884 and became the renowned abbot of the Monastery of Longovarda on the island of Paros. Elder Philotheos was instrumental in saving the islanders of Paros from starvation during World War 2. He even risked his life, putting himself forward to be executed, in order to save 125 innocent young Greeks who were condemned to death by the Germans on Paros. Elder Philotheos’ bravery saved the lives of all the young people.
It must be additionally noted that Elder Philotheos was in the company of great Saints of the 20th century like Nicholas Planas of Athens and Nektarios of Aegina, his spiritual father, as well as the great novelists Alexandros Papadiamantis and Alexandros Moraitidis from the island of Skiathos. He also had a close relationship with the Panagia, who would appear to him on numerous occasions.
The above photo, quotation, and information is from the book Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit: The Lives and Counsels of Contemporary Elders of Greece by Herman A. Middleton.
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