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Saint Kallinikos of Edessa, a Balanced and Transfigured Man


Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos, in his sermon in the present day in honor of the feast of his non secular father who was canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate two years in the past, Saint Kallinikos of Edessa, referred to the fantastic repose of this Saint of our days, which got here after the feast of the Transfiguration of Christ and after he mentioned a prayer to the Most Holy Theotokos, in view of the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.This is vital, as a result of he liked each of those feasts. He spoke each day throughout this era in regards to the Panagia, about her religion, her purity, her endurance, her silence, but in addition in regards to the Transfiguration of Christ.

Saint Kallinikos himself was a balanced man, a transfigured man.

Then, the Metropolitan referred to the time period “homeostasis” which, from a organic perspective, means the method of self-regulation of the organism, in relation to modifications within the surroundings, and, from a psychological perspective, it’s the tendency that contributes to the psychological stability of man.

He then mentioned that this homeostasis which is an element of well being – bodily, psychological and non secular – that’s, this steadiness in relation to the surroundings one lives in, was the particular attribute of Saint Kallinikos the Aitolos, Bishop of Edessa. He was a transfigured man.

He listed some typical examples that reveal this actuality.

As a Person, he had a steadiness between purpose, emotion and keenness; he was not distinguished by rationalism, nor by sentimentality.

As a Christian, he averted extremes, i.e. each excesses and deficiencies, and at all times discovered a strategy to keep throughout the blessed measure of the ecclesiastical phronema.

As a Cleric and Bishop, he related the establishment with the charisma, he didn’t exaggerate the establishment over the charisma, nor the charisma over the establishment. Also, he carefully related hierarchical grace with the monastic/hesychastic life.

As a Theologian, he moved between custom and fashionable life.

He concluded by saying that we must always imitate Saint Kallinikos on this psychological, non secular and theological steadiness.

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