December 12, 2011

An Eternal Perspective On Circulating "Prophecies"

Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol, commenting in a speech on the various "prophecies" currently circulating, said the following:

Someone asked Elder Paisios: "Elder, will there be a war?"

The Elder responded: "But why my child do you ask?"

"So I can buy bread and milk."

He said to him: "Blessed one, if a war occurs, will you have an appetite to drink milk?"

Children, Fr. Paisios said that we will take Constantinople, but never set time limits. Fr. Paisios saw everything theologically. When he was asked at one time if Cyprus would be freed, he responded to them that this would occur only if the Cypriots freed themselves from their passions.

What will we succeed if we take Constantinople and lose our souls? Of course it would be a joy for this to happen. Of course we will rejoice in that moment. But our concern and goal should be the conquest of the Jerusalem Above. The Gospel also says this: "Seek that which is Above."

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.