An Orthodox Saint who has the title Fool-for-Christ is one who is known for his apparent, yet holy, insanity.

One form of the ascetic Christian life is called foolishness for the sake of Christ. The fool-for-Christ set for himself the task of battling within himself the root of all sin, pride. In order to accomplish this he took on an unusual style of life, appearing as someone bereft of his mental faculties, thus bringing upon himself the ridicule of others. In addition he exposed the evil in the world through metaphorical and symbolic words and actions. He took this ascetic endeavor upon himself in order to humble himself and to also more effectively influence others, since most people respond to the usual ordinary sermon with indifference. The spiritual feat of foolishness for Christ was especially widespread in Russia.

—(Excerpted from The Law of God, Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY: 1993)

St. Xenia’s icon is made by Cayce Mary Grace

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    Fool For Christ
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    just read a book on this phenomenon. absolutely fascinating.
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