On our way to London Ontario, Canada, to attend the consecration of the church of Anba Paula the first hermit on January 1999, Fr. Antonius narrated two real stories about our beloved Father Mikhael Ibrahim which I want to record narratively.
Fr. Mikhael Ibrahim got up at 5 A.M. to pray the prayer of the first hour before going out for the Divine Liturgy. While praying, he heard someone knocking at the door. When he opened the door, he found someone asking him for a financial help for an emergency. Father Looked around and found on the buffet some banknotes wrapped together. He gave them to him without looking at them and went back to pray. On his way out, his wife said to him, “There were 6 pounds here.”
“God sent someone to take them.”
“They were all we have for the rest of the month.”
“God will send food for us.”
“Have you ever heard that God sends food?”
“Yes, he sent food from Heaven for his people.”
His wife got a bit angry and said, “Father! Go to church to pray the Liturgy.”
After the Divine Liturgy, someone met him and said, “I’ve been searching for you since yesterday.”
“So-and-so gave me a sum of money before his death and told me to give it to you ’cause he borrowed it from you. It’s worth 20 pounds.”
“Would you accompany me home?”
“I’ll take your blessing, father.”
They both went home. There, father asked loudly, “What do you want, son?”
“So-and-so asked me to give you 20 pounds.”
“How many pounds, son?”
“Raise your voice.”
“20 pounds, father.”
“Yes son, God sends us food from Heaven.”
You sent Manna to Your people in the wilderness.
Let me open my mouth and You fill it with the Heavenly Bread.
You grant me all my needs so how cannot I depend on you!
A Friend’s Reproach
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