The Discerning, The Foreseeing, The Healer
- The author refers in detail to the life, the miracles and the deeds of Fr Porphyrios. He was his spiritual child and was blessed to live near him and to know him for more than 35 years, when Fr Porphyrios was the priest at the Chapel of St Gerasimos at Athens Polyclinic in the period 1940-1972 and even until his death in December 1991.
The book is written in a simple and honest way. It is easily read and offers benefit to the soul. Every page of the book is a spiritual exaltation. Although the author is an economist and not a biographical writer, he draws a portrait of Fr Porphyrios in simple words from what he actually saw and experienced during his long and fruitful relationship with the holy father.
The author, with faith and piety transmits the truths he lived and experienced with the Geronda such as faith and love for God, meekness and forbearance, ungrudging patience in suffering, the great benefit of prayer especially when it is accompanied by deep humility before God, spiritual knowledge and wisdom.
In this book, the life of Fr Porphyrios according to Christ unfolds clearly and becomes an example to imitate and a magnet for well-intentioned souls. Behind the lines of the author’s personal writing, there is a treasure of Fr Porphyrios’ teaching and advice which is very beneficial to all of us. Therefore, I have not made mention of the many miracles that the Geronda was worthy of performing with God’s grace. The reader may read them in depth for him/herself and will be amazed by God’s immediate response to the Geronda’s prayers. Instead, I have related brief excerpts from the Geronda’s advice and teachings in an attempt to inform the reader of the benefit of the Geronda’s spiritual knowledge and wisdom and how it affects each and every one of us in our daily life.