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Roses and Saints

“Patience, patience, patience… ” Elder Cleopa

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Elder Cleopa was one of the most beloved Romanian Orthodox Elder Fathers, he is considered to be a modern Saint.

Born in a very poor family, he became a monk and dedicated all his life to faith. He spent more than five years in the desert and was close to many monks living secluded in the desert or in the Sinai Mountain or in Mount Athos. He became confessor for the entire community and gave spiritual guidance to both monks and lay people for more than 34 years.

It is said that, just like other Elders, Father Cleopa had met and faught many times the devil. He was very kind, patient and he greeted all the people with the same unique expression “May Heaven Eat You!!!!”

In the first video, teaching about faith and patience he used to say:

And I learned from Father Vicentie:

– Patience, patience, patience, patience, patience, patience, patience… and when it seams to you that it’s finished, you start again from the beginining and again: Patience, patience, patience, patience…

And I, not having better things to do, I asked:

– For how long we must be patient, father?

– Not till the weeding time!!!!! This is not what the Gospel sais. The one that will be patient till the end, that one will be saved”

In the second video Elder Cleopa talks about Prayer.

This post is dedicated to all those who go through hardship, pain and problems, but also to the wonderful souls that pray for us all every day. In Romania, Russia, Serbia, Greece there are many unknown Christian Orthodox monks and nuns that dedicate their whole life to God and prayer for all people. They give their life and energy for this world for which they are dead.

“Oh Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us sinners.”

Amin.

Rose-33

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memyselfandela, 2012

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