May 14 - St. Paphnutius Borovsky

Even after his death, the monastery he created remained one of the spiritual centers of Russian monasticism.

The Venerable Paphnutius Borovsky

In the village of Kudinovo, near Borovsk, an illustrious saint of God was born six hundred years ago, glorifying the place of his birth and his life with his name, the Venerable Paphnutius Borovsky.

At 20 years old he left his parents' house, and was tonsured in the monastery of the Protection of the Theotokos. For many years there, he was active in monastic struggles. For his superior virtue, sobriety, and clairvoyance, all the brothers loved him and chose him as their abbot. He also became an elder father confessor.

It would have been fine, but the Venerable Paphnutius became seriously ill, and leaving his position as abbot, he took on the Great Schema. But the brothers' prayers to God for the recovery of their abbot helped the venerable Paphnutius to overcome the illness.

He retreated with one monk into an uninhabited place, on the banks of the river Protva. But soon the secluded place began to be filled with monks, who longed to live and serve the Lord under the direction of the venerable Paphnutius.

A monastery began to grow up in that place. With his podvigs and asceticism, Paphnutius gave the brothers a good example of true service to our Most High Father.

Like a loving father, he cared for the souls of the brethren, teaching, instructing, and comforting. St. Paphnutius Borovsky nurtured many disciples, who shined throughout history with asceticism, like their teacher.

And even after his death, the monastery he created remained one of the spiritual centers of Russian monasticism.

The fourteenth of May is the feast day of the Venerable Paphnutius Borovsky.

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