Eeeewweeezz!!!!!!! That's supposed to make you holy? That just shows what religious fanaticism can do to a person.
Leave the poor guy alone to shower as he pleases. What is wrong with you people? LOL Women who wear make up are not good, monastics who shower with covering on are not good. Whatever is done you criticize. No wonder Christ was so bitter with such attitudes. Geee!
It is NOT a legend. The book was written by Elder Paisios for his spiritual Elder who was Saint Arsenios. If you beleived in the Holy Spirit you would have known what that means.
This is one of the most horrible saint legends I have read,
You did? Why are you reading them when you do not beleive them? Ok ok I know. For the same reason you come here because you are drawn to God and want to beleive, but are fighting the last rebellious fight before giving up and surrendering to God.
according to the version I read,
See you judge him harshly and not fairly (you do not have to beleive in God but it does not mean you have to be unfair in life). Just leave the poor Saint alone. (Although he is not poor and the Elder above is not poor too. They are very rich in God but that is just an expression). The woman had to obey to him since he was her spiritual father and he was the spiritual father of the entire village. She did not obey like Adam and Eve. When we do not obey to our spiritual father there are consequences. When she repented and asked forgiveness he blessed her.
if I'm thinking of the right saint, the woman refused to change her headscarf and the guy told her her children would die. She refused to listen to him, and then came back repentant after they did die. Sheesh. That's good news for ya.
Here is what happened as told by Elder Paisios in the book about Saint Arsenios:
"When Osia Karamouratidou was newly-married, she used to wear a gaudy head-scarf from Smyrna. Father Arsenios told her off about this on more than one occasion, saying that she should get rid of it and dress modestly, like all the other women in Farasa, but she took no notice.
One day, when he saw that she was wearing it again, he told her with no little severity:
"I do not want Frankish sickness in Farasa. If you do not behave, I am telling you now that all the children you have, as soon as they are baptized, will pass away like little angels, and you won't have any joy of any of them."
Unfortunately, she would still not do as she was told, not until she had lost two little angels, and then she threw away the showy scarf and went to Father Arsenios and asked for forgiveness. When he had forgiven her, he told her:
"Go now with Christ's blessing, and the first child you have will be a boy, and we'll call him Arsenios. And the second will be a girl and we'll call her Irene." And that is what happened." pp.99-100 from the book 'Saint Arsenios of Cappadocia'
So why can't I admire their way of life and how they obey to their Bible and how they keep the Sunday for God and how nice and well mannered they are? Not only Amish, but even pagans, or atheists who lived and kept things so neat and clean and worked hard, I would admire them. They care for themselves, community, the environment and are very nice, hard-working people. And above all they love God and show it with their manner of life.
Yeah, the Amish. They have restrictions of their own. Like for instance: when a man marries, he must grow a beard like a biblical patriarch. But he must shave the mustache. Why in blazes? Because, 200 years ago, mustaches were popular in the military, and they are pacifists. I obviously need not explain how ridiculous, pointless and illogical a restriction this is. Today, mustaches and the military have nothing to do with each other. So how come the Amish haven't banned high and tight haircuts, that at least would make some sense.