·Θεομπαίκτες can be translated as “mocker of sacred things, godless || impious, irreligious, wicked (in this translation, it’ll be transliterated as Theompaiktes)
Don’t be scandalized by the impious (Theompaiktes)!
OnSunday, June 16–after years–I had theopportunityto worship attheblessedcoenobiumof SaintNektarios(one of the 17 monasteries Geronda Ephraim of Arizonafoundedin America).
The monasteryof St.Nektariosis a men’s monastery and islocated2-3 hoursawayfrom NewYork.Unfortunately it isinaccessibleforthose of us whodo not have acar.I enjoyedthe last detailof my stayin the monastery. The monasteryhas23 –the vastmajority–youngfatherswith God’s grace manifest in their face. They are humblemonks, likeearthlyAngels, full of love, willing to give rest to the pilgrims. They do not saymuch.Actually, they don’t doanypreaching. They letthe graceof God, eatingtheirexistence, talk with love,accommodatingallpilgrims.
But is the devil ever missingwhere spiritual benefit occurs?
The only exception to the benefit of the pilgrimage was the presence of an “assiduous” woman that has made theompaixia into a science. She took on the role of the Monastery’s abbess, she told the pilgrims what to do and what not to do. She literally conducted herself as an operative of the devil.
At first I was upset—and I know many others were also upset with her—by the dissonance. But I soon realized her presence was simply a temptation. Everything around us was lit up by God’s race!
Humble, lovingandwilling, the monks gaveallthey neededwithoutfavoritism, withoutulterior motive. Angelsof Christ!
Elder Ephraim Is Not Liable for the Theompaixia of Some
I wondered why we stood in the grievous exception of an incongruous woman? Perhaps Geronda Ephraim appointed her as “General Officer” of his monasteries? Perhaps he knew her “feats” and blessed them or perhaps the opposite is true? Perhaps there is reliable information that she doesn’t do obedience to the Geronda on issues relating to her personal life? But this doesn’t prevent her from taking on the “General Officer” role of Geronda Ephraim’s monasteries?
Fewmayrealize thatElderEphraim of Arizona hassupervised17monasteriesubiquitousin NorthAmerica(USA andCanada) andquite a few onMount Athos andinGreece. The Monasteryof St. Anthony’s, where Geronda Ephraim resides, isat least fivehoursflightfrom NewYork.Sohow is it possible for himto controleach ofthe tens ofthousands whoconfessto him do or don’t do?
Are There Theompaiktes Who Use the Saints to Acquire Validation?
There are people—literally Theompaiktes—who use Geronda Ephraim’s name to present themselves as people of importance?…
As for the Theompaiktes that talk about the “fragrances” of Geronda Ephraim or his airlift from Mount Athos to America (which Dionysios Tatsis mentioned in ‘Orthodox Typos’)…
My brothers! Do notremainscandalized byTheompaixias. Do not allow them tovilifyGeronda Ephraim in this manner. Cut them off the moment they starttellingthesetheompaixies, and alwaysbear inmind thatFr. Ephraimneitherknowsnorapproves suchTheompaixies.