May 9, 2020

He Visited Saint Hieronymos of Simonopetra Needing a Cane to Walk and then Left Without Needing It

By Monk Moses the Athonite

Haralambos Bogakos, who lived at Penteli, suffered much with his legs, and as swollen as he was he was unable to walk at all.

He said to his wife:

"I will take a car and go to Athens, to the Elder, so he can read a prayer for me."

She had objections, for how would he go, since he couldn't even move.

They helped him get into the car. As soon as liturgy at the Ascension Monastery was over, and the Elder came out of the church, he greeted him and said:

"Why are you holding a cane, Mr. Haralambos?"

He replied that his legs hurt and could not walk well.

And the Elder said:

"Very well, leave your cane and come and sit."

When he got up he was completely well and had forgotten that he had come with a cane.

Returning to Penteli, his daughter saw him from afar and shouted for her mother to come see her father, who was now walking without a cane!

Source: From the book Hieronymos Simonopetritis, the Elder of the Ascension, published by the Monastery of Simonopetra. Translated by John Sanidopoulos.