Commemorated on July 7
Saint Thomas of Mt. Maleon was a military commander before accepting monasticism. Powerful
and brave, he had participated in many a battle, and he brought victory to his
countrymen, for which he gained glory and esteem. But, striving with all his
heart towards God, Thomas left the world with its honours and he took monastic
With great humility
he visited monastic-elders, asking of them guidance in the spiritual life.
After several years Thomas received the blessing for solitary wilderness life
and, strengthened in particular by a revelation through the holy prophet of God
Elias, he settled on Mount Maleon (eastern part of Athos). Dwelling in complete
seclusion, Saint Thomas fought with invisible enemies with suchlike a courage,
as before he had against the visible enemies of his country.
The life and deeds of
Saint Thomas were not able to be concealed from the surrounding area. People
began to flock to him seeking spiritual guidance, and even those suffering from
sickness, since he received from God the blessing to heal infirmities.
received help through the prayers of the monk and upon his departure to God
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.