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Offered shelter in comfort, the unrecognized son asked to be given the use of a hut in a corner of his parents' grounds. He remained there for three years. In all that time his own mother failed to recognize him.
Shortly after becoming a priest, Loukianos decided that food for the soul could be derived only through a denial of food for the body, and through a regimen of the strictest diet and training brought himself to the point where he could subsist on meager rations of bread and water.
Polyxene won the hearts of her listeners in recounting the trying times she had experienced at the hands of kidnappers, only to find Christ in the ancient land of Greece...
An unseen hand nourished the dedicated John, who was not the gaunt figure people expected to see wherever he went in his service to Christ.
This austerity through monastic life he was to carry to the extreme not only to completely dedicate himself to God, but to call to the attention of the world the need for prayer in Christian worship.