September 20, 2011

The Noble Soul of Saint Eustathios

By St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite

To this Saint [Eustathios] can be harmonized the saying which the divine Chrysostom wrote: "None of the grievous things which are in this present life can fix their fangs upon that lofty soul which is truly philosophic, neither enmity, nor accusations, nor slanders, nor dangers, nor plots. It flies for refuge as it were to a mighty fortress, securely defended there against all that attack it from this lower earth" (Homily 3 On Phillipians). He also says: "For this too is a thing in which it behooves the Christian to differ from the unbelievers, the bearing of all things nobly; and through hope of the future, soaring above the attack of human evils" (Homily 2 On the Statues).

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.