During a recent visit to El Sourian Monastery I met Fr. Faltaous before he departed to heaven. I have known him for many years and I had some issues needed to be resolved. I was asking another monk if I could see Fr. Faltaous and out of the blue the monk I was with received a call allowing me to visit with him. How did he know I wished to see him?? He was very sick and couldn’t even talk and all he said was few words and sure enough what he said happened exactly the way he described.
Few known facts about him:
1. He was the oldest monk in Wadi al-Natrun, he was born on April 1, 1922, became a monk on November 2, 1948 and departed to heaven on March 17, 2010 after a life full of valuable spiritual experience to everyone who knew him.
2. He was a hermit. I was told few stories and witness some.
3. One among few who was granted wearing El Eskiem by HH Pope Shenoda.
4. He knew the day of his departure.
Through the years I have learned the meaning of the word "unconditional love". I do have his picture but didn’t know how to post it.
His prayers be with us.
His cell was tiny, damp and smelt of rotting fish. it was full of cats, and there were pots and pans scattered around the place. We came in and sat on the floor, but I tell you now, as soon as I entered I felt the peace of a spiritual environment. I was in awe of Abouna Fanous, his face was so calm and I knew I was on holy ground - where countless prayers, tears and metanoias had been performed before God. He spoke very little, and his disciple gave us all a cup of Tang (a powdered orange drink you dissolve in water) by scooping it from a pan using 3 cups, which we refilled and shared with everyone, and an old apple. We mostly sat in revered silence, while individually certain people of the group talked briefly with him. I got a few pictures with him that I'll post later. He kept his hands covered with a towel, as it is said that his hands glow with light. Then after a while, the saint fighting false pride and the reward of men said "Ana haltla3 atchamess shewaya" ("I will go up and bask in the sun for a little while") which was our cue to all say our goodbyes and leave.
May his prayers be with us and glory to God forever Amen
Let us know other hermits so that we get their blessings while they are still among us.
PS: Is Abouna Fanous the same monk by different name?
I think you are confusing abouna faltaous with abouna fanous(which i did until i was corrected) Abouna Faltaous is a different recent saint. Abouna Fanous is still alive i believe
no abouna fanous died last year in 2009 :(
PS: Is Abouna Fanous the same monk by different name
They are two different saints. I met both.
neshkor Allah, akhadna el baraka