"She saw a tall monk with small, round eyes, whose beard reached his chest. In his left hand was a bright light, and he gave a blessing with his right hand. Mother Makaria was filled with joy and her fear disappeared. "Forgive me," she said, "I will take care of you tomorrow as soon as God makes the day dawn." The saint disappeared, and the abbess continued to read Vespers.
In the morning after Matins, Mother Makaria cleaned the bones and placed them in a niche in the altar area of the church, lighting a candle before them. That night St Ephraim appeared to her in a dream. He thanked her for caring for his relics, then he said, "My name is St Ephraim." From his own lips, she heard the story of his life and martyrdom. "
(see here for the rest)
He is a Saint that has rescued many, including
He is known for helping trouble youth,
including drug addicts.
Whenever I am concerned about a teenager or young adult,
I ask for his help.
Today is his day;
the day of his martyrdom;
I love the beginning of this story,
where the pirates did not like him because
he stayed so calm -
what a testimony to his life in Christ.
(FYI the story of his actual martyrdom is
not easy reading).
I had his icon out in my living room icon corner
where I could honour him
and have a candle burnt by his icon during his day.
I appreciate also that he has helped others
overcome various challenges,
including extreme anxiety and inward struggles.
I am slowly making some progress on various
job searching activities.
It is a huge inward struggle for me.
We all have struggles but God gives us various
kinds of consolation as well.
This week I have been enjoying very much
the back issue articles from the journal
road to emmaus.
What have your struggles been this week?
Any sources of consolation in the midst of them?