LET US LAY ASIDE ALL EARTHLY CARE
From “Life of St. Papa-Nicholas Planas. ”
One day, after the Liturgy, we took a carriage and went somewhere together with Father (Fr. Nicholas Planas, Ed.). In the carriage he said to us:
“Today Chrysoula was also in church.”
“No, my Father,” we said to him, “she wasn’t.”
“Why, what are you saying? I censed her.” He responded.
“No,” we repeated, “she wasn’t there.”
“Oh, well,” he said without any concern, and then with conviction, “it was her spirit.”
We wondered at what he told us, because the same thing had occurred at a certain monastery, where the priest censed the stall of an absent deacon and would not cense a monk who was in his stall.