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Saint Daniel of Katounakia within the Life of Saint Joseph the Hescyhast


Elders Daniel, Arsenios and Joseph

 

When
he went into Athens, he chanced to fulfill an elder, an Athonite monk 
from a cell in Karyes, and requested if he may go together with him when he went
again. So it was that he moved to the Holy Mountain and got here to realize it.
In the meantime, he  disposed of all his financial savings in alms, wherever he
thought finest, and left different issues to his household. He had made a agency
resolution to remain on the Holy Mountain, within the  most distant and ascetic
components. His first cease was Katounakia, on the blessed neighborhood
of the Danielaioi. The founding father of that neighborhood, the ever-memorable
Elder Daniel, was residing there at the moment. He was a person of nice
piety, realized, smart, effectively skilled in ascetic life, and really light
and comforting to those that got here to him. Our Elder’s favorable
impressions of that neighborhood and significantly of the holy elder
remained recent in his thoughts all through his life, as he usually advised us. But
he had set out with an ardent want to dwell a lifetime of the utmost
strictness and in a extra peaceable spot, and this was why he didn’t keep
lengthy with the Elder Daniel. Instead, he left to search out the stillness that
he longed for.  

On
the day of the Transfiguration he went as much as the height with the Fathers
who have been celebrating the feast, and there he met Father Arsenios, who
was to turn into his inseparable companion and accomplice in struggles.  

Father
Arsenios was already a monk of the Great Schema, from Stavronikita,
which was at the moment idiorrhythmic; he had settled there as a way to
commit himself to larger asceticism and poverty, which had all the time been
his want. He was initially from Pontos, however the brutality of the Turks
had pressured him to maneuver to the Caucasus. At a really early age he had
visited Palestine, and his seek for quiet and humble environment
the place he may commit himself uninterruptedly to religious wrestle led
him at size to the Holy Mountain.At that point, Father Arsenios
was residing within the northern central space of Athos. He was concerned about
stillness and was searching for it, however couldn’t make up his thoughts to
begin off on his personal. When he heard that there was a younger monk keen
for that life residing close to the Lavra, he set off to fulfill him. So it was
that they met, on the feast of the Transfiguration on the height of Athos.
They talked for some time, agreed on the regime that they might observe
and determined to hold on their wrestle collectively. Then they went to
seek the advice of the discerning Elder Daniel at Katounakia as to the place and the way to
start their religious wrestle with out the hazard of delusion, however with
the blessing of the elders and with the positive safety of God’s grace.
 

When the meek and fatherly elder heard their resolution and was
glad of their good intention and zeal for the religious wrestle,
he didn’t dissuade them from their good function. But he did advise them
imperatively to not begin out with out sealing their work with the
blessing of obedience. The smart elder, whose phrases  have been all the time seasoned
with salt, stated to them laconically,

“Do you could have an elder?
Without the blessing of your elder, nothing can prosper. Without this
seal of a paternal blessing, no religious work in our personal monastic life
bears fruit. This is why I insist that you just cross via this
requirement, that the grace of God could also be with you all through your
lives. Go to an outdated man, nevertheless easy he could appear, and submit
yourselves in obedience to him; and when he dies and you’ve got laid him
in his grave, you’ll obtain as your inheritance the blessing of God,
accompanying you and main you to development of each sort.”

Of
course, it was unattainable to not heed him. Their divine zeal for
discovering the precise path and the load of this holy elder’s recommendation made
them obtain what he stated with no hesitation. As they advised us later,
they obtained the elder’s phrases because the  phrase of God, as an actual
revelation.  

From the ebook THE ELDER JOSEPH THE HESYCHAST (1897-1959) STRUGGLES – EXPERIENCES – TEACHINGS by Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi. 

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