ORTHODOXY IS LOVE
Mariorie a person in Christ in Piraeus, Greece
Οur story hero, Mariorie, was an ordinary person. She walked on this Earth. Here she got tired, happy, hurt- most of all she got hurt. She died like all people on a December night. Yet in reality she was found totally different than other people. She took everyday life one step further and rose above it.
She lived simply and humbly someplace in Piraeus, Greece, working hard to bring up her two children who had been abandonned by their father when they were just toddlers. “Who knows what happened, what went wrong” ,Mariorie would say trying to find an excuse for her situation. “Τhe evil one grudged him his happiness! It doesn’t take long for any person to wither like a thunder struck tree when he’s left unprotected from the winds”.
She was careful not to belittle her children’s father and she prayed to God to enlighten him , to make him see more clearly, to repent, to come back. But, years went by, and he didn’t seem to understand. He had already settled down with Kleoniki and he had become the father of another two children.
Kleoniki always considered her marriage to Thodoris her greatest victory.
But what goes around comes around and things can turn upside down. In their prime, people build palaces in their minds and egos and they estimate that they will complete their happiness in them.
But the arrogance of one’s mind builds on the sand. When Autumn comes in their lives, hard and lonesome, then they see that the storms inside them cannot be tamed by any material pride.
So, the last winter in Thodoris’ life arrived. A sudden incurable disease dipped him in an abyss and rose like an avalanche ahead. He was walking side by side with death, and this made a feeling of justice wake up inside him. And one winter night, when winds battled with the rain and the lightning grooved the darkness of the skies, he asked Mariorie to visit him at the hospital. She did,with the discreetness and integrity needed towards a dying person. She sat next to him like Paradise with gates wide open. He lifted his tired eyes and looked at her.
-I want you to forgive me Mariorie…
-With all my heart, Thodoris, she humbly answered.
After some time Kleoniki got sick as well. Her future looked bleak. And her children were still little. When Mariorie heard the bad news, she stood by her like an angel of peace. She stayed all night awake to take care of her on her last days…
-Forgive me , Maririe, forgive me, I ruined your life, Kleoniki said kissing her hands
-I forgive you with all my heart , sister, answered Mariorie wiping her tears…
In a while Kleoniki was recalled by her Creator and passed the borders of this life.
It seemed as though grief and sorrow never ended in this world. Mariorie was left behind to take care of four children
-How can you, how could you, how could she, most people kept saying.
Where did this deep philosophical thinking, this endurance and patience, this selflessness and forgiveness come from?
“What kind of person are you?”, people asked.
-In Christ, Mariorie would answer had she not been hindered by her modesty… A person in Christ.
MULTILINGUAL CHRISTIANITY – ORTHODOXY