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Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos

Father Epiphanios Theodoropoulos (1930-1989) was a celibate priest who lived his whole life in the world. “He didn’t retreat to Mt. Athos which he loved dearly, but lived in the city of Athens... many times he said that whatever he was in life he owed to God and Aunt Alexandra. He absolutely praised and loved his aunt, and also his grandmother. He said the two of them taught him to love Paradise. ... Through little interactions she taught him to evaluate everything he did in relationship to Paradise. ... He wanted to be a priest from the age of two and became very faithful to the fasts and services of the Church by the age of five. ... He was ordained a deacon at twenty-five, the canonical minimum age and published his first of 22 books entitled Holy Scripture and Evil Spirits. ... He was a great zealot for the canons, including the local canons and those of the holy fathers which were ratified by Ecumenical Councils. Many contemporary Churchmen accused him of having a pharisaical attachment to the canons, but he said that to reject the canons and not listen to them was to reject the gifts of the Holy Spirit. ... In addition to refusing to become bishop, he sacrificed a full professorship, the offer to become the chief secretary of the Synod of Bishops of the Church of Greece, to be the rector in a magnificent large church, and to be the director of a missionary brotherhood. He just wanted to live peacefully with his stole that he could put on people’s heads and reconcile them with God through Confession. Confession was his greatest happiness. [Source, edited] (*has not been declared a Saint)

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Counsels for Life: From the life and teachings of Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos