I was saying to myself that these people who were forbidden to believe in God believed and I in whose country God was glorified everywhere didn’t believe!
How much my wife – who was an Anglican at that time – asked me to take our children to the Orthodox church but I always tried even on Great Saturday before the bright and glorious night of Resurrection to find an excuse for not going! Or even if I went I stood outside, not in the church. However, one year before my arresting I had visited Stavrovunion Monastery where I confessed my sins at the urge of my family. I wanted to help my sister who was facing a very hard problem then.
Excerpt from the book Testimony of the religious conversion of a former convict – Father Paisios my saint and teacher, Egumenița 2016