Leaving the World…

“I had a special weakness for my mother. She was a truly holy soul; we lived a whole life together. She washed my things, ironed for me, looked after me, and so on. When the evil one tried to fight me by bringing her to my mind, my desire for her almost ate me up. Since Satan found a means of fighting me what did I do? I thought that all of us who have renounced our mother [as monks] have Panagia as our mother. So I fell to the ground with screams and tears saying ‘Panagia, I beg you, please run. Extinguish the desire for my mother. You are now my mother. I don’t want a carnal mother. I want you and only you. Help me.’”
ElderĀ Haralambos
~Abbott Haralambos Dionystasis

“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
Matthew 10:37