Father Athanasios Simonopetritis (from Simonos Petra Monastery, Holy Mount Athos, Greece) says:
“Last year came to our monastery a very high-ranking European. We chatted with cordiality. Eventually I asked him :
– Welcome What to do to us ordinary monks you, a famous man, moment in which we are not anything great…
He replied disarmingly :
– Father, you may not ye something great, as you say. However, claims in a great space and you have a great treasure, Orthodoxy !
I deliberately insisted on the same pace, saying :
– What can a so prominent man wait by the Orthodoxy?
In the debate was four or five fathers. He looked into our eyes one by one and said:
– Listen fathers and I will tell you something confession: Today both ways of expression of Christianity in intractable, we have been tired. Both Catholicism with legalistic spirit, however much Protestantism with the hard logic of us crushed . We want heart and freedom! These elements, you have to Orthodoxy. Perhaps you do not understand. We are, on the outside, understand very well”.
Fr. John Kostof
Publications: St. John Damascene
Stamata, Greece 2013
(GREEK BOOK: Translated from greek by me. Sorry for any spelling mistakes)