The rose from the terrifying Karoulia

The hermit Gabriel from Karoulia among the other things he did, planted a rose. When the other monks asked him why he needed a rose in the wilderness, he answered:

“You know when I go to the Skete of Saint Anna and pass by the chapel of the Holy Mother of God, I pay my homage to Her and leave her a rose as a gift.”

This severe hermit had such a deep sensitivity that he found a great joy in offering a rose from his toil to the Holy Mother of God …

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