One day, after Father Pishoy had reposed, a young girl told us the following story:
“I once almost lost my faith because of loving, and living with, a non-Christian man. Father Pishoy had gently and with loving kindness counselled and supported me, until I had ended that relationship and whole-heartedly rejected it. After his departure, sin overpowered me and I resumed my relationship with that young man. One night, Father Pishoy appeared to me in a dream and, for the first time, he was angry. He slapped me and rebuked me saying, “Didn’t I tell you to leave that young man and to stop living in sin?” I woke up fully repentant, and decided that, with God’s help, I would not return to sin.”
Dear Father, your fiery heart will not be quenched.
Your expansive love for every soul embraces all.
Your work in the Lord’s name will never stop.
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