Wednesday, July 26th, 2010
The famous Elder Ephraim of Arizona and Athonite monk urges more “preparation because the very difficult days will start soon.”
This exhortation was made to an abbot of an Athonite monastery who visited him recently and asked him about the developments in Greece. Geronda Ephraim was very clear: “Very difficult days are coming” …And the monastery has already made a “crisis team” responsible for preparing the monastery for very difficult days for an unknown period of time.
The above could be a bad joke. But it is not … Unfortunately, the upcoming events are more visible to the naked eye, since all of us can see now what is coming, namely misery and hunger …
“I cannot understand the world. Everyone asks, “Me to catch the new measures?”!!! Honestly, I cannot understand how much modern society and the people who live in this country has been eroded. No one cares about his neighbor. No one cares about the problem that has hit the door of his fellow citizen, his neighbor. Everyone thinks about whether the “measures” affect their own petty interests!”
“Frankly, I believe that God will give the opportunity for us recover. Greek Orthodoxy revealed great contemporary figures who offered to the work of God, who fought to save human souls. Porphyrios, Paisios, Joseph … Elders who bled in the struggle for their fellow men, in the struggle to drive out the suffering and evil from the hearts of the people who suffered …”
“What morality is there left? Evil has hit the family, Education. Evil has hit in every healthy cell of society and today we live the results of this war. People are running without worrying about their neighbor. Society that we knew no longer exists. Today individualism dominates…”
“Why? Because some played with the Greek character and eroded all those characteristics that could help him. It is unthinkable! Individualism is alive and well, while the fraud became ‘charisma.’ They grew generations who were taught how to grab. And this in a state of complete impunity…God sees this.”
Today, an Athonite monk laid down these shocking things to me in a discussion. And his voice trembled with emotion and anxiety about what will happen.
“Be careful,” he told me. “Tell others to be careful. Do not let your logic surrender to what they tell you. Where is the valor of those who do not permit anyone to reduce them? Where are those brave young men who gave their blood for us all? This land was drenched with blood. It is a great pity that foreigners and the unworthy governed it… be careful.”
What can I say? I remembered Geronda Ephraim of Arizona’s words: “Very difficult days are coming. Take care of your soul. Gather and give to your struggle …” He said these things a few months ago. And now it has become clearer: “The very difficult days will start in September.”
The prayers of the Geronda are always with us. But I wonder: what do we do to help ourselves? Do we simply worry about whether the measures will touch us?
“Someone should tell you that you do not live in a dream or a nightmare. You live in a very ugly reality that it will only get worse …”