Sayings of Elder Epiphanius of Athens

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Monks on Mount Athos

Elder Epiphanius of Athens, was the founder of the Monastery of Keharitomeni (Most Graceful) Mother of God in

Trizina, in the Peloponnese.

“How crafty the devil is! To young people who managed to unite in Christian marriage he whispers, ‘How much better you would be if you went to the monastery and lived the heavenly spiritual pleasures, far from the cares of family life which sever you and keep you down!’  While to those who went to the monastery, as they desired the life of virginity in Christ, he whispers, ‘How much better you would be, if you got married and made your home a temple of God, living the joys of marital life, far from ascetic mortification and the loneliness which depresses you!’ And if the married one became a monk and the monk married, he would tell them the opposite. All this to throw the person into despair and to pull him from the path of salvation. For the path of salvation is both blessed marriage and virginity in Christ.”

” Speak more to God about your children than to your children about God… The soul of the teenager is in a state of an explosion of freedom. This is why it is hard for them to accept counsel Rather than counseling them continuously and reproaching them again and again, leave the situation to Christ, to the Panagia (All Holy Mother), and to the Saints, asking that they to bring them to reason.”

“God appointed the salvation of the world to His Son and not to us.. We must first look at our soul, and, if we can, let’s help five or six people around us.”

“True love is like the flame of a candle. However many candles you light from the flame, the initial flame remains unaffected. It doesn’t lessen at all. And every freshly lit candle has as much flame as the others do.”

“I am not afraid of death. Not, of course, because of my works, but because I believe in God’s mercy.”

Except taken from the book: Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit

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