By nature we are, by and large, visual beings. The vast majority of information which we process daily is perceived through our sense of sight. In the Church’s history, there were seven ecumenical synods. Six of them were directly related to various dogmas and teachings relating to the Holy Trinity. The seventh was summoned to discuss works of art, and, more specifically, the role of visual art in human salvation, the Orthodox veneration of icons. We must be very careful what we feed our eyes.
In this photograph, Elder Modestos (right), a hermit near Vatopaidi, shows photos of his Elder (Fr. Andreas) to the young fathers of Vatopaidi who are witnesses to his obedience and patience with Elder Andreas.