We know that in the life of the Saints of the Church, the Holy Spirit has imbued them with extrasensory perception that defies the powers of nature. One of the books of the life and works of St. Porphyrios that I was blessed to translate from Greek to English, there is a dialogue between the Saint and one of his spiritual children George. George is interested in learning about life that exists in other planetary systems. The dialogue goes as follows:
George says: “This is in relation to my continuous questions to him about life in other worlds, about life that co-exists with us and other relevant doubts of mine which would often elicit a reprimand from Papouli (St. Porphyrios). He would always add the same refrain: “Oh, my dear George, you read too much, certainly it is wrong, and this harms you because you always ask and ask and you wait for answers to your questions and when you don’t receive them you feel disappointed.”
George now relates to us what happened late one evening when he received a phone call from the Saint. “So quite late on a very cold winter night, it was probably past 10 p.m. and I was preparing to go to bed. Pappouli called me and asked me to pick him up from his house in Tourkovounia and take him to Kallisia (a retreat center in the mountains). Without saying a word, I dressed, got in my car and went to pick him up. During our trip there and especially after Penteli (a mountain), we took the dirt road toward Kallisia. I started my usual conversation by saying: ‘Look Pappouli at how many thousands of stars are above us. It was a clear night. Is it possible for some of them not to be inhabited? Statistically, at least, it seems impossible for there not to be life out there. There must exist some forms of life even if they are drastically different then ours!’
‘In the meantime we had arrived at the open space there were we parked the car in order to take the footpath to St. Nicholas retreat center. We got out of the car when, to my surprise, Pappouli asked me to accompany him all the way to the Monastery. It already must have been after 11 o’clock and I felt hesitant about going but I did not say anything. The Elder explained to me that he did not feel too well and it was likely that he might need my help. Starting off on the footpath Pappouli said to me suddenly, “And why are you interested, George, my child, in life on other planets or other forms of life here or elsewhere? Is it possible that this knowledge would make you a better person? You must pursue knowledge of things that will improve you. The other things are useless for you. Therefore stop this type of inquiry.”
‘We proceeded silently for a short while and then Pappouli turned and said to me, “Look at how beautiful, peaceful and quiet the night is. All of nature is sleeping and you have the impression that we are alone. But yet, around us, in spite of the fact that you George cannot see it, there is pulsating life. There are different beings that are encircling us, moving, living, existing but for you that should not be of any concern since you do not have any connection with them. Neither do they have any connection with you and therefore even if you could see them, as I do, and you became convinced of their existence, this would not help you at all to improve yourself which should constitute the prime objective of each one of us.”
‘In this way the Elder answered me indirectly. However, it was either the night or the wilderness or the forest or the things that he had described to me that made me feel somewhat fearful, although I do not usually fear such things. Pappouli realized this, he laughed and without me saying anything to him, he started to joke with me in order to change the subject. When we reached the Monastery we parted company. I would now be alone taking the return path back to the car. I confessed to him that I had become frightened. The Elder laughed and said to me that I should not fear anything because he would accompany me in spirit back to the car. He added that if at any moment my fear became overwhelming, I should look back at the Monastery and he would flash his light. He had a small flashlight in order to show me how he was following me and was thinking of me.
Troubled, I started my trip back to the car and I tried as much as I could to control my fear which initially was not very much. But after a short while, when I had gone some distance and entered the forest, fear increased. I had the feeling that I was not alone, that many eyes were watching me. I began to hear strange sounds and generally I began to panic. Turning my head I saw Pappouli’s flashlight only a few meters behind me. For a moment, I stopped and thought of turning back and telling him to return to the Monastery since I was certain, that in order for him to bolster my courage he was close behind me. But after this, I decided to call to him to tell him to go back which I did and the flashlight went out. I continued walking so that I would not repeat the same thing every time fear overcame me. I turned my head and saw the light was always there to encourage me. I turned my head and saw the light was always there to encourage me and comfort me. When I was finally approaching the car and all those that have travelled to Kallisia will remember that the Monastery becomes visible only a few hundred meters before one reaches the clearing where we left the cars. I finally turned unconsciously in the direction of the Monastery and there was the light of the Elder going on and off at a distance from the Monastery. The Elder had given me a good lesson in reference to our discussions with him about my doubts but on the other hand, in a miraculous way he showed me that he will always be with us. He also taught us that such inquiries about the universe should not take place without the blessings of highly spiritual people.
ST. PORPHYRIOS THE ORTHODOX SAINT OF THE 20TH CENTURY.
HE WAS ABLE TO NAVIGATE THE UNIVERSE WHILE STILL LIVING IN THE
FLESH. THIS IS BORNE OUT TO US BY ONE OF THE SAINT’S SPIRITUAL CHILDREN IN GREECE. THIS YOUNG SCIENTIST WAS ON THE NASA TEAM THAT
SUCCESSFULLY RESCUED THE CREW FROM A DISASTROUS
EXPLOSION ON THE SPACE SHIP ON ITS WAY TO THE MOON. ST.
PORPHYRIOS IS SAID TO HAVE SAID TO HIS SPIRITUAL SON, “LET ME GO TO THE
SPACESHIP TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO SAVE THE SITUATION.” THIS
HAPPENED APRIL 13, 1970.
WE ARE CHILDREN OF ETERNITY AND JESUS HAS SHOWN US THE WAY. HIS
SAINTS LIVED THE LIFE OF CHRIST’S REALTIY.
+Fr. Costas J. Simones, June 9, 2017, Waterford, CT, USA