Commemorated on June 28
The Monk Paul the
Physician, from the city of Corinth, in his youth took monastic vows at one
of the monasteries. Here the saint toiled much and became an experienced
One time Paul,
through demonic malice, was slandered by a woman. She came to the monastery
with a newborn infant and said, that he was born from the Monk Paul. The elder
with humility and joy endured the slander, he did not deny it and he took the
infant, as though it were his own son. When they began to reproach the saint
for breaking his monastic vows, the Monk Paul said: "Brethren, let us ask
the infant, who his father is!" The newborn, pointing his hand at the
blacksmith, said: "Here is my father and not the Monk Paul". Seeing
this miracle, people bowed down to the elder, asking forgiveness. From this
time the Monk Paul received from God the gift of healing the sick, whereby he
received the name physician. The Monk Paul died at over age 70.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.