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Elder Paisios and the smokers that quit

 

 Elder Paisios and the smokers that quit

 

Ηe helped more with his prayer than with his words.

 

There are many cases of chain-smokers who quit their habit thanks to the Elder. His words weren’t simple suggestions―they were powerful. What he said inspired a feeling of repulsion toward cigarettes and eliminated the desire to smoke. However, he helped more with his prayer than with his words.

A monk gave the following anonymous account: “I had come in order to become a monk. I didn’t wear the novice’s monastic cap because I still couldn’t quit smoking. At the time, I was smoking two packs a day. I was trying. I would tear them up, throw them away, and then the next day I would go find them and smoke. Even though I was embarrassed, I went and told the Elder. He told me, ‘You’ll get up, don’t worry,’ and he punched me on the shoulder encouragingly.

Elder Paisios and the smokers that quit “It was ten in the morning, and I didn’t think about cigarettes at all until that evening. From then on, by his prayers I never smoked again, and I became a monk. For me, it was a miracle.”

Another pilgrim relates: “We visited the Elder, and I took out my cigarettes to have a smoke where we were sitting. I lit the cigarette unconsciously―I was smoking three packs a day at the time. The Elder took it from my mouth and said to me, ‘You’re not going to smoke again until the Germans invent a machine that cleans out lungs.’ Back at the monastery where we were staying, I realized that I hadn’t smoked for three hours, and that I didn’t even want to anymore. I stopped completely.”

 

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Elder Paisios of Mount Athos

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Elder Paisios and the smokers that quit