Ο Γέροντας Ευμένιος Λαμπάκης των Ρουστίκων της Κρήτης (+2005) και ο ποταμός που άνοιξε όπως η Ερυθρά Θάλασσα

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Ο Γέροντας Ευμένιος Λαμπάκης

των Ρουστίκων της Κρήτης (+2005) και ο ποταμός

που άνοιξε όπως η Ερυθρά Θάλασσα

Μία χρονιά, παραμονές Χριστουγέννων, ἦταν ἡ σειρά τοῦ π. Εὐμενίου Λαμπάκη τῶν Ρουστίκων (+2005) νά πάη στό Μετόχι καί μέ ἱερή ἀνάμνησι διηγήθηκε κάποτε στόν π. Σπυρίδωνα:

Ἐκεῖνη τήν χρονιά, παιδί μου, εἴχαμε πολύ βαρυχειμωνιά καί πολλά χιόνια στό Μοναστήρι. Τό κρύο ἦταν τότε τσουχτερό, ὄχι ὅπως εἶναι τώρα. Ἦταν ἄγριοι οἱ χειμῶνες ἐκεῖνα τά χρόνια. Ἑτοιμάσθηκα, λοιπόν, τήν προπαραμονή νά πάω νά λειτουργήσω στό Μετόχι, στήν Παναγία. Θά κάναμε νωρίς τόν Ἐσπερινό μέ τούς πατέρες καί μετά θά ἔπαιρνα τήν φοράδα τῆς Μονῆς καί θά ἔφθανα τήν ἄλλη μέρα στό χωριό. Ἦταν μακρύς ὁ δρόμος, ἄγριος καί δύσβατος. Περνοῦσες μέσα ἀπό φαράγγια καί κακοτοπίες. Ἀπό νωρίς εἶχε ἕνα ἄγριο ξεροβόρι. Ἄρχισε νά φυσάη πολύ, νά ψιλοχιονίζη καί νά κάνη πάρα πολύ κρύο. Πῆγα, λοιπόν, ἀπό νωρίς καί ἀχυροτάϊσα τήν φοράδα. Μέ θωρεῖ ὁ Ἡγούμενος, ὁ π. Βασίλειος, ἕνας Ἅγιος Γέροντας, καί μοῦ λέει:

—Εὐμένιε, ποῦ θά πᾶς;

—Θά πάω, Γέροντα, μέ τήν εὐχή σας νά λειτουργήσω αὔριο στήν Παναγία.

—Τί λές, Εὐμένιε, δέν φοβᾶσαι τό Θεό; Δέν βλέπεις τί γίνεται ἐδῶ πέρα, χαλάει ὁ κόσμος ἀπ᾽ τό κρύο, τόν ἀέρα, τή βροχή, τό χιόνι, πῶς θά πᾶς;

Ἐκεῖνα τά χρόνια, παιδί μου, δέν εἴχαμε οὔτε ὀμπρέλες οὔτε ἀδιάβροχα καί ἦταν δύσκολες οἱ μετακινήσεις, ἀλλά τοῦ λέω:

—Γέροντα, μέ τήν εὐχή σας θά πάω.

—Πῶς θά πᾶς; Σέ μία ὥρα θά σκοτεινιάση καί δέν θά βλέπης!

—Γέροντα, μέ τήν εὐχή σας, τοῦ λέω, θά πάρω τόν λύχνο τῆς Μονῆς καί θά πάω.

Καί τόν βλέπει, λέει, ὁ Ἡγούμενος νά παίρνη τόν λύχνο, ὁ ὁποῖος εἶχε τέσσερα φυτίλια, γιά νά φωτίζη περισσότερο, καί ἀφοῦ πρῶτα ἔβαλε λίγο λάδι ἀπ᾽ τό καντήλι τοῦ Προφήτη Ἠλία τό ἀπογέμισε μέ λάδι ἀπ᾽ τό μπουκάλι. Ἔβαλε τρεῖς ἐδαφιαῖες μετάνοιες στήν εἰκόνα τοῦ Προφήτη Ἠλία καί ἄναψε τό λύχνο ἀπ᾽ τό καντήλι του.

—Βγῆκα, λοιπόν, παιδί μου ἔξω καί φύσαγε τόσο ὁ ἀέρας, πού ἦταν ἕτοιμος νά πάρη τήν φοράδα καί ἐμένα. Ὁ λύχνος, ὅμως, παιδί μου, δέν ἔσβηνε. Εἶναι, παιδί μου, δυνατόν; Κι ὅμως εἶναι δυνατόν, ὁ λύχνος δέν ἔσβηνε καί μοῦ ἔφεγγε ὅλη τή νύκτα. Ὅταν ἔφτασα σ᾽ ἕνα σημεῖο πού λέγεται κακός πόρος, ἔπρεπε νά περάσω ἕνα ρυάκι πού τό καλοκαίρι γίνεται ξεροπόταμο, ἀλλά τόν χειμῶνα κατέβαζε πολύ νερό, ὅταν ἔβρεχε, καί δέν ὑπάρχει ἄλλος δρόμος γιά νά περάσης. Φθάνοντας, λοιπόν, ἐκεῖ κοντά στό ρυάκι θωρῶ τήν φοράδα καί βάζει ἀντισκάρι τά δύο της μπροστινά πόδια καί δέν ἤθελε νά πάη οὔτε μπρός οὔτε πίσω. Κάτι εἶχε τρομάξει τήν φοράδα καί δέν κουνιόταν. Κάνω, ἔτσι, τόν λύχνο πιό ψηλά καί τί νά δῶ. Τό ποτάμι νά ἔχη φουσκώσει, νά κατεβάζη ξύλα, κλάδια, πέτρες. Ἐνῶ ἐγώ ἤξερα ὅτι ἦταν ρυάκι, τώρα τό νερό περνοῦσε πάνω ἀπό μία ξύλινη γέφυρα, ἀπ᾽ τήν ὁποία περνοῦσαν μόνο πεζοί. Ἐμεῖς ἔπρεπε νά περάσουμε μέσα ἀπ᾽ τό ποτάμι, διότι ἡ γέφυρα δέν ἄντεχε τό ἄλογο, ἀλλά τό ζῶο φοβήθηκε μέ αὐτό τό ὁποῖο εἶδε. Κατάλαβε ὅτι κινδύνευε. Ξεπέζευσα, λοιπόν, καί σιργούλευα τό ζῶο καί τοῦ ᾽λεγα:

—Μήν φοβᾶσαι, μήν φοβᾶσαι δέν θά μᾶς ἀφήση ἡ Παναγία. Θά περάσουμε.

Καί βλέπω τό ζῶο νά σηκώνη τά αὐτιά του ψηλά καί πέφτω, παιδί μου, καταγῆς, ἐνῶ ἔβρεχε καί χιόνιζε καί λέω:

—Παναγία μου, βοήθησέ με, στά χέρια σου εἴμαι, νά μήν μείνης ἀλειτούργητη. Βοήθησέ με νά περάσω μέ τό ζῶο ἀπέναντι.

Καί σταυρώνω, παιδί μου, τό ποτάμι καί τί ἔγινε; Σταμάτησε τό νερό νά τρέχη καί ἄνοιξε ὁ ποταμός σάν τήν Ἐρυθρά Θάλασσα. Περάσαμε ἀπέναντι καί αἰσθανόμουν τῆς φοράδας τά πέταλα νά κτυπάνε πάνω σέ ξερές πέτρες. Κι ὅταν φθάσαμε στήν ἄλλη ἄκρη τοῦ ποταμιοῦ ἀκούω ἕνα μεγάλο θόρυβο καί ἕνα μεγάλο κύμμα καί ξαναγύρισε τό ποτάμι καί ἀκολούθησε τήν πορεία του.

Τό θαυμαστό αὐτό γεγονός τό εἶχε ἐκμηστηρευθῆ ὁ π. Εὐμένιος μόνο στόν π. Σπυρίδωνα, μέ ἐντολή νά μήν τό πῆ σέ κανένα ὅσο ἐκεῖνος ζοῦσε. Ὀ π. Σπυρίδων, ὅμως, τό εἶπε κάπου καί διαδόθηκε παντοῦ. Γιά τήν ἀνυπακοή του αὐτή τόν ἐπετίμησε μέ κανόνα ὁ Γέροντας.

Πηγή:

http://orthodoxa-biblia.blogspot.com

ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΑ ΒΙΒΛΙΑ

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Saint Arsène Papacioc de Roumanie (+2011) et les animaux ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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FAITHBOOK – ORTHODOXY

Saint Arsène Papacioc de Roumanie (+2011) et les animaux

“Je ne pense pas que j’ai omis de demander à quiconque en confession s’il ou si elle avait torturé ou tué des animaux” racontait-il.

Un jour, il pleuvait et un chat avec quatre chatons vint près de ma cellule. N’ayant nul endroit où s’abriter, le chat vint auu puits près de ma cellule, et resta là à miauler sous la pluie.

Durant la nuit, je réfléchis.” comment se fait-il que je demande à tous en confession s’ils ont torturé des animaux, et je vais laisser ce chat sous la pluie?!”

Et je suis allé, dans l’obscurité, et sous la pluie, et j’ai trouvé le chat, mais seulement trois chatons, le quatrième manquait. Pouvez-vous imaginer cela?… Le jour suivant, je me suis retrouvé avec le chat dans le sanctuaire: il était venu me remercier!

Version française Claude Lopez-Ginisty
d’après
St Herman of Alaska’s
Eternity in the Moment
reprenant
Între timp și veșnicie: Viata Părintelui Arsenie Papacioc
Bucharest 2015

Source:

https://orthodoxologie.blogspot.com/2018/12/staretz-arsene-et-les-animaux.html

Η Ανάσταση του Χριστού & τα πρόβατα του Γεωργακού

Η Ανάσταση του Χριστού & τα πρόβατα του Γεωργακού

Ἀπ᾽ ὅλες τίς διηγήσεις τῶν παλαιῶν Γερόντων, τήν πιό ὄμορφη καί τήν πιό συγκινητική θεωρῶ πώς τήν ἄκουσα τό Μ. Σαββάτο τοῦ 1970 ἀπ᾽ τόν μπάρμπα-Θανάση Παπαντώνη, τόν, γιά πολλά χρόνια, ψάλτη τῆς ἐκκλησίας μας:

Σάν ἀπόψε, Μ. Σαββάτο, κάτι θαυμαστό συνέβη ἐδῶ στόν διπλανό συνοικισμό. Ὅταν κτύπησε ἡ καμπάνα γιά τήν Ἀνάστασι, ὅλο τό χωριό ξεκίνησε γιά τήν ἐκκλησία. Μαζί τους ἀνέβαιναν καί ὁ γερο-Γεωργάκος, ὁ τσέλιγκας, μέ τή φαμελιά του. Μόλις πέρασαν τή μεγάλη ἀνηφόρα, ἀκούσαν πέρα στά μαντριά τοῦ Γεωργάκου, μεγάλο θόρυβο. Ὀ Γεωργάκος ἔβαλε αὐτί γιά ν᾽ ἀκούση καλύτερα τί συμβαίνει.

—Λύκοι μπῆκαν στό μαντρί μου, εἶπε. Ἀπόψε διάλεξαν νά τό κάνουν. Τό ξέρω ἐγώ! Ὁ σατανᾶς τούς ἔστειλε γιά νά μέ ἐμποδίση νά πάω στήν Ἀνάστασι. Ἀλλά, ἔννοιά του, δέν θά τοῦ κάνω τό χατίρι!
Κοίταξε πέρα πρός τά μαντριά καί φώναξε δυνατά:

—Ἀπόψε, προβατάκια μου, σᾶς δίνω τοῦ Θεοῦ μου.

Καί στρέφοντας τό πρόσωπό του στούς συνοδοιπόρους του χωριανούς, τούς εἶπε:

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Bible Verses about Eating Animals

Bible Verses about Eating Animals

Genesis 9:3 > Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

Leviticus 11:1-47 > And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, These are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. …

Romans 14:1-23 > As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the Continue reading “Bible Verses about Eating Animals”

Ο Άγιος Παΐσιος ο Αγιορείτης (+1994) και ο βάτραχος που του έκανε υπακοή

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SAINT PAISIOS OF MOUNT ATHOS

Ο Άγιος Παΐσιος ο Αγιορείτης (+1994) και

ο βάτραχος που του έκανε υπακοή

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https://proskynitis.blogspot.com

https://proskynitis.blogspot.com/2018/11/blog-post_607.html

ΠΡΟΣΚΥΝΗΤΗΣ

Διηγείται ο Επίσκοπος Μαυροβουνίου και Παραθαλάσσιας κ. Αμφιλόχιος Ράντοβιτς – Καθηγητής της Θεολογικής Σχολής του Πανεπιστημίου του Βελιγραδίου:

Όταν τελειώσαμε, ετοίμασε ο Γέροντας Παΐσιος το φαγητό, ρύζι, ντοματούλες που είχε στον κήπο του και ψωμί, το οποίο ξήραινε ο ίδιος. Γέμισε το δικό μου πιάτο, ενώ στο δικό του έβαλε πολύ λίγο φαγητό. Διαμαρτυρήθηκα, λέγοντας του ότι δεν ήταν σωστό αυτό εκείνος να φάει ως ασκητής κι εγώ ως καλοφαγάς. Μου είπε τότε:

“Δεν είσαι μοναχός; Θα κάνεις, λοιπόν, υπακοή. Τόσο ανυπάκουος Μαυροβούνιος είσαι; Εδώ ο Μπαγιούμ μου είναι πιο υπάκουος από εσένα”.

Τον ρώτησα με έκπληξη ποιος ήταν ο Μπαγιούμ, διότι ήξερα ότι δεν είχε κανένα υποτακτικό. Μου έδειξε τότε μια τριανταφυλλιά, την οποία είχε φυτέψει εκεί. Πήγε, στάθηκε μπροστά στην τριανταφυλλιά και είπε:

“Έλα, Μπαγιούμ, να καταλάβει αυτός ο άπιστος ο Αμφιλόχιος τι είναι η πραγματική υπακοή!”

Όπως ήταν νωπό το χώμα εκεί γύρω από την τριανταφυλλιά, άρχισε τότε να σηκώνεται και βγήκε έξω ένας βάτραχος. Σας λέω αυτό, που είδα με τα μάτια μου.

Στη συνέχεια είπε στο βάτραχο:

“Γύρνα τώρα, Μπαγιούμ, πίσω στη θέση σου και το βράδυ να πας να κάνεις την προσευχή σου!”

Εξεπλάγην και τον ρώτησα τι είδους προσευχή έκαμνε ο Μπαγιούμ.

Μου εξήγησε ότι ο βάτραχος το βράδυ πήγαινε μπροστά σ’ ένα μεγάλο ξύλινο σταυρό, που ο Γέροντας είχε εκεί κι έλεγε την “ψαλμωδία” του. Παραξενεύτηκα και είπα μέσα μου: “Τώρα με κοροϊδεύει ο Γέροντας; Για ποια ψαλμωδία του βατράχου μου μιλά;”.

Την ίδια μέρα , με τη δύση του ήλιου, είχε πανσέληνο και εύκολα περπάτησα από το καλύβι μέχρι τον Τίμιο Σταυρό, σχεδόν απέναντι, και κάπως κρύφτηκα, γιά να μην δημιουργήσω ταραχή. Είχε έναν μεγάλο Σταυρό και σε λίγο βγήκε από το κελλί του ο Γέροντας Παΐσιος, στάθηκε μπροστά στον Σταυρό και άρχισε να κάνει τον σταυρό του. Δεν πέρασε ούτε λεπτό —φαντάσου εξήντα δευτερόλεπτα— και άρχισε, μέσα στην σιγαλιά της νύχτας, ένα ντούπ, ντούπ, ντουπ.

“Έλα, Μπαγιούμ, έλα Μπαγιούμ, έλα, ας υποθέσουμε να πούμε, έλα να κάνουμε τις μετάνοιες μας, μπροστά στον Σταυρό του Χριστού!”.

Το ντουπ-ντουπ συνεχίστηκε. Μπαγιούμ όνομα από τους Βεδουΐνους του Σινά, αλλά κανένας δεν φαινόταν. Και, νάτος. Ένας πελώριος βάτραχος —μπράσκες τους λένε αλλού— ήρθε με πηδηματάκια και στάθηκε δίπλα στον Γέροντα. Σηκωνόταν ο Άγιος Παΐσιος, σηκωνόταν κι ο βάτραχος, και έκαμναν τις μετάνοιες τους μπροστά στον Σταυρό του Χριστού. Εκεί, στον Σταυρό του παπά Τύχωνα!

Verso gli agnostici e gli atei – San Paisios del Monte Athos, Grecia (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian

https://animalsofmyheart.wordpress.com

ANIMALS OF MY HEART

Verso gli agnostici e gli atei

San Paisios del Monte Athos, Grecia (+1994)

“Un giovane vivace diceva all’Anziano: ‘Non c’è Dio. Non credo’.L’anziano gi rispose con bontà: ‘allora vieni vicino a me. Lo sai che la cicala che ora canta parla di Dio? Vedi questo gattino! Che bella pelliccia che ha, è migliore pure di quella di una regina!’ Il giovane si commosse alle parole dell’Anziano e la sua incredulità si addolcì”.

“Una volta un professore universitario visitò l’Anziano e gli disse: ‘Ho difficoltà a credere che Dio esista. Sono un uomo colto, vivo in Occidente e tutto ciò che dici e fai si può spiegare razionalmente. Certo, esiste qualche forza, ma non posso accettare tutto quello che dici su Cristo e sui sacramenti’. L’Anziano dopo averlo ascoltato gli rispose con tono brusco: ‘Sei più stupido di una lucertola!’. Offeso dalle parole dell’Anziano il professore reagì. L’Anziano insistette: ‘In verità tu sei più stupido di una lucertola e te lo dimostrerò’. L’Anziano chiamò subito una lucertola. All’animaletto che corse da lui chiese se Dio esistesse. La lucertola si alzò su due zampe e chinò la testa dando con questo movimento una risposta positiva all’Anziano. Il professore ne fu sorpreso e iniziò a piangere. L’Anziano soggiunse: ‘Hai visto che tu sei più stupido di una lucertola? Essa sa che Dio esiste e tu, con la tua intelligenza, non hai compreso la sua esistenza’. Il professore lasciò la cella dell’Anziano tutto scosso”.

Fonte:

Hiéromoine Isaac, L’Ancien Paissios de la Sainte Montagne, L’Age d’Homme, Lausanne 2008.

Rapporto con il mondo animale – San Paisios del Monte Athos, Grecia (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian

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ITALY OF MY HEART

Rapporto con il mondo animale

San Paisios del Monte Athos, Grecia (+1994)

Una delle specificità dell’anziano Paisios fu quella di avere un rapporto profondo e armonioso con il mondo naturale e animale a lui circostante.

Egli insegnava: “Se ami gli animali, costoro lo sentono e ti vedono in un altro modo, come un amico. Nel paradiso, prima della caduta, gli animali erano amici dell’uomo, Adamo aveva il carisma della previsione spirituale, intuiva i bisogni degli animali e li aiutava. L’aquila mangiava solo gli animali morti; solo dopo è divenuta selvaggia e mangia anche quelli vivi. Tutti gli animali erano domestici, ma dopo la caduta si sono inselvatichiti”. Non mancò chi testimoniò d’aver visto il monaco dialogare con passerotti, orsi, serpenti e aquile e questi gli obbedivano. Altrove l’Anziano disse:

“Quando io mi metto al posto della bestia selvaggia, inizio ad amarla e posso avere compassione pure per i serpenti. […] L’amore divino tocca gli animali selvaggi. Una bestia selvaggia è in grado di discernere se un cacciatore viene a ucciderla. Si avvicina all’uomo che l’ama, non ha paura di lui”.

“Egli chiamava i leprotti selvatici come noi chiamiamo i gatti e questi non avevano paura di vivere con lui. Questo leprotto era stato trovato dall’Anziano nei presso degli albicocchi, gli aveva fatto un segno di croce sulla fronte e chiese al suo figlioccio Basilio come ad altri cacciatori di non ucciderlo”.

Fonte:

Hiéromoine Isaac, L’Ancien Paissios de la Sainte Montagne, L’Age d’Homme, Lausanne 2008.

Saint Fillan of Strathfillan, Scotland (+8th century) – January 9, June 20 & August 26

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Saint Fillan of Strathfillan, Scotland (+8th century)

January 9, June 20 & August 26

Source:

http://orthochristian.com

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/76644.html

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

St. Fillan (Foelan) lived in the eighth century. He was born in Ireland; his mother was St. Kentigerna and his uncle was St. Comgan. From time immemorial he has been much venerated in both Ireland and Scotland. He may have been educated at Taghmon Monastery in Wexford (Ireland) under St. Fintan Munnu. Later, probably in about 717, he moved together with his mother and other relatives to Scotland. There he became a monk and lived the monastic life until the end of his life. It is known that for some time Fillan preached the Good News together with Sts. Kentigerna and Comgan and then retired to live as a hermit in a cave on the site of the present-day village Pittenweem (“the cave’s place”) in the county of Fife. This village was to become one of the most important places for his veneration. With time Fillan was appointed abbot of a monastery in Fife but after several years he gave up his abbacy and retreated to Glendochart (in Perthshire) where he lived alone in prayer and contemplation and finally built a church. Today a number of places and churches in the vicinity of Glendochart bear the name of the saint.

During his life Fillan by his prayer healed from many diseases the sick who flocked to him. The hermit worked miracles. Once, when he was abbot, a wolf ate one of his oxen while the saint was working in the field. The abbot commanded the wolf as a penance to plough up that part of the field instead of the ox that it had eaten. The wild wolf obeyed the saint and immediately fulfilled the task. The veneration of St. Fillan in Scotland was so strong that in 1314 the Scottish king Robert Bruce took the reliquary with the saint’s arm with him to the Battle of Bannockburn and attributed his victory over the English to the saint’s intercession.

Fillan reposed and was buried in Strathfillan, the centre of his veneration. He probably built a church or a monastery on this site and preached to the local Pictish population. The cave of St. Fillan in Pittenweem survives to this day. After his death the cave became a destination for many pilgrims, and a holy well with healing power existed near it for many years. In late medieval times a small Augustinian priory, associated with the monastery on the Isle of May (in the outer Firth of Forth), was founded in Pittenweem and named after St. Fillan. Several centuries ago Fillan’s cave was left derelict and forgotten for a certain time. In about 1900, a horse that pastured in a local priory garden suddenly fell into an overgrown hole. When the hole was cleared it turned out that it was the saint’s cell, abandoned long before. Several stones which had healing properties owing to Fillan’s prayers were discovered in the cave together with the partly surviving holy well. In 2000, both the cave and the well were consecrated and opened for visitors.

The personal bell and staff of St. Fillan survive to this day: they are kept at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. In the past this bell was usually placed above those who suffered from severe headache—and the pain abated! In Strathfillan many lunatics were miraculously healed in ancient times. D.H. Farmer and other researchers write that mentally ill people used to be dipped into the Strathfillan well and then left for one night, tied up in a corner of St. Fillan’s ruined chapel. If the following morning they were found loosed from their chains, they were considered to be completely cured. This practice existed until the first half of the nineteenth century. Today Strathfillan is a picturesque strath (a Scottish word meaning a broad, often mountainous, valley) in west Perthshire with the river Fillan flowing through it.

In the picturesque village of Killin, situated near Stirling, there are so-called healing stones, associated with St. Fillan, and kept at a former mill. According to tradition, due to the prayers of St. Fillan each of these stones heals a specific part of the body from various diseases. Interestingly, it was James Stuart, a minister from Killin, who in 1767 prepared the first New Testament in Scottish Gaelic, and his son, John, prepared the first edition of the Old Testament in this ancient language several decades later.

In the village of St Fillans in Perth and Kinross in central Scotland there is an ancient pre-Norman chapel dedicated to St. Fillan. According to local tradition, St. Fillan for some time lived on a hill nearby. An Episcopalian church in the village of Kilmacolm in Inverclyde is also dedicated to him. The nineteenth century Catholic church in the village of Houston in Renfrewshire in west central Scotland bears his name. There is also an ancient ruined church of St. Fillan not far from it, in the parish of Houston and Killellan. Close to the village there are two holy wells, dedicated to St. Fillan and St. Peter, which still have curative power. There are several other partly surviving early churches dedicated to this saint, scattered in different parts of Scotland, mostly on islands, which so much attracted Celtic saints by their severe beauty. Outside Scotland, St. Fillan is venerated in the Irish counties of Westmeath and Laois.

God tell us about animal rights (Eating Animals and Wearing Fur)

GOD TELLS US About Animal Rights

(Eating Animals and Wearing Fur)

 

VEGETARIANS

Many people have become vegetarians because they think that it is wrong to eat animals, or even to wear their fur. Some even try to prove their point with scripture. The verses below show what God says on the subject.

IN THE BEGINNING

GOD GAVE MAN DOMINION OVER ANIMALS
Genesis 1:26-28
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

WE WERE TOLD TO EAT PLANTS AND SEEDS
Genesis 1:29
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

EVEN THE ANIMALS ONLY ATE PLANTS
Genesis 1:30
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

AFTER THE FLOOD

GOD TOLD US THAT WE COULD EAT ANIMALS, FISH AND FOWL
Genesis 9:2-3
And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

GOD TOLD US WHICH ANIMALS WE COULD EAT
Leviticus 11:1-3
And the LORD spoke unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them. Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat Among all the beasts that are on the earth. Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is cloven-footed, and cheweth the cud, Among the beasts, that Continue reading “God tell us about animal rights (Eating Animals and Wearing Fur)”

The fly, the mouse and the cock of Saint Colman of Kilmacduagh, Ireland (+632) – October 29

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The fly, the mouse and the cock

of Saint Colman of Kilmacduagh, Ireland (+632)

October 29

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ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

Like many Irish saints, St. Colman lived in harmony with wild nature. Various versions of his life relate the same and truly striking story (though with different minor details) about the communication of the holy man with animals. This story says that a cock, a mouse, and a fly were Colman’s closest friends in Burren. All of them served their holy master as they could. The cock crowed at a certain time every night, reminding the saint of the time for prayer; the mouse gently touched his face, thus waking him up and ensuring that he slept only five hours per day; the fly carefully crept over the lines of the sacred books that he read, and when his eyes got tired or when the saint had to move away for a while, the fly crawled onto the first letter of the following sentence so that he could never lose his place.

The saint loved and fed these faithful friends. Once Colman got so tired that he fell into a very deep sleep and the mouse could not awaken him as usual. Then it began scratching his ear so hard that Colman awoke immediately: he praised the animal and gave it more food from that time on. One day the saint was away for more than an hour, conversing with a guest. On his return he noticed that the fly was sitting without movement on the very word in his prayer-book where he had stopped before leaving. The saint praised the fly for its zeal and began giving it more breadcrumbs with drops of honey as a treat. But by the end of summer all of them died on the same day: the fly was the first and the mouse and cock died after it from grief. In his sorrow St. Colman wrote a letter to his friend, St. Columba of Iona, telling him this story. And St. Columba sent a letter in reply: “When you had these friends, brother, you were rich. That is why you are in sorrow now. Such sorrows come due to riches. So try not to have riches any more.” And Colman realized that one can be rich even without money.