We do need competitors

The one who says that the righteous man should not have sorrows is like he is saying that the athlete should not have competitors.

That’s why the winner is he who becomes a sponge and gleans whatever he hears and whatever they tell him, no matter the caliber of the speaker.

Based on St. Paisios the Athonite, Elder Joseph the Hesychast

In this photo, the Abbot Ephraim is blessing the people during Divine Leiturgy in the Vatopaidi’s Main Church