The first steps in the search of God

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

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