Saint Arsenios of Paros (1800-1877)
Commemorated January 31 and August 18 (uncovering of his relics)
Saint Arsenios was a remarkable confessor, spiritual guide, educator, ascetic, miracle-worker and healer who was glorified by the Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1967.
"Practice self-observation. And if you want to benefit yourself and your fellow men, look at your own faults and not those of others. The Lord tells us: "Judge not, that ye be not judged," condemn not that ye be not condemned. And the Apostle Paul says: "Who art thou that judgest another man's servant?"
"If you want Christ to bless you and what you have, when you meet some poor individual, who is hungry and asks you for food, give him. Also, when you know that some poor man, or a widow, or an orphan are hungry, do not wait for them to ask you for food, but give them. Give with pleasure, and be not afraid that you will become indignant. Have faith that Christ invisibly blesses your few possessions, and you shall never starve, nor will you be in want till the end of your life."
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