Once on Mount Athos there was a monk who got drunk every day

Once on Mount Athos there was a monk who got drunk every day and was the cause of scandal to the pilgrims. Eventually he died and this relieved some of the faithful who went on to tell Elder Paisios that they were delighted that this huge problem was finally solved.

He was the cause of scandal to the pilgrims. Eventually he died and this relieved some of the faithful who went on to tell Elder Paisios that they were delighted that this huge problem was finally solved.

Father Paisios answered them that he knew about the death of the monk, after seeing the entire battalion of angels who came to collect his soul. The pilgrims were amazed and some protested and tried to explain to the Elder, thinking that the Elder did not understand.

Elder Paisios explained to them: “This particular monk was born in Asia Minor, shortly before the destruction by the Turks when they gathered all the boys.

So as not to take him from their parents, they would take him with them to the reaping, and so he wouldn’t cry, they just put raki into his milk in order for him to sleep. Therefore he grew up as an alcoholic. There he found an elder and said to him that he was an alcoholic.

The elder told him to do prostrations and prayers every night and beg the Panagia to help him to reduce by one the glasses he drank. After a year he managed with struggle and repentance to make the 20 glasses he drank into 19 glasses.

The struggle continued over the years and he reached 2-3 glasses, with which he would still get drunk.” The world for years saw an alcoholic monk who scandalized the pilgrims, but God saw a fighter who fought a long struggle to reduce his passion.
Maggie212
Only God can judge.
michael newman
Actually we judge all the time..and MUST do..with a well formed conscience we must judge every day between good and evil..we mustn’t judge people..but we MUST judge their actions and avoid wrongdoers like an alcoholic monk..or a paedophile bishop..or a pachamama worshiping pope who tries to misinterpret Christ’s teaching..that is prudence and good for your soul
salliperson
Beautiful story.
The world for years saw an alcoholic monk who scandalized the pilgrims, but God saw a fighter who fought a long struggle to reduce his passion.
michael newman
How very Fransican…could we then also extrapolate about a boy who was sexually molested and grew up confused about his sexuality and became a Bishop but from his childhood experience ended up himself abusing boys…which he struggled with but managed to reduce etc etc etc….where the world saw a paedophile infact he was…a paedophile
Alex A
Hm, mm? 🤔
michael newman
I’m trying to be facetious…even the heaviest alcoholic can detox in two weeks. Weaning to a stop never works..the AA are very clear on this..total abstinence is the only way..