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The Merciful God helps those in misfortune who hope in Him with faith. Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic

ΕΛΕΗΜΟΣΥΝΗ In the Monastery of the “Sleepless Ones,” there was great want during a year of famine. St. Marcellus, the abbot, received some poor men one day, refreshed them, and then wanted to give them some money for their journey. Marcellus asked the steward of the monastery how much money they had altogether. The steward told him they had ten silver coins. The abbot ordered that all ten silver coins be given to these poor men. However, the steward did not give them all ten; instead he gave them nine and kept one for the needs of the monastery. The steward was very concerned about the monastery, for it was in extreme poverty. A rich man suddenly visited the monastery and brought the abbot ninety talents of gold. Then the discerning Marcellus summoned the steward and said to him: “Behold, God wanted to send us one hundred talents through this devout man, but because you disobeyed me and withheld one silver coin, the Provider of all deprived us of ten talents.”

Prologue from Ochrid by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic,January 12th (New Style) • December 30th (Old Style)

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