Josaphat the Malevolent?

Originally posted 9/20/2008.

Josaphat Kuntsevych was a tyrannical murderer

It is impossible to believe the stories, e.g. those found in “An Anniversary of Mourning: Josaphat the Malevolent” by Nicholas Maas at the anti-ecumenical site of Patrick Barnes, that St. Josaphat of Kuntsevych (Язафат Кунцэвіч: Ukrainian Greek Catholic wonderworking archbishop of Polotsk and martyr) [1584-11/12/1623] committed murders and other heinous crimes against the Eastern Orthodox when you consider that he (all of the following points are found on his Wikipedia article{1}):

1. prayed often and helped with Church services instead of playing games when he was a kid.
2. prayed and studied whenever he had free time as an apprentice.
3. frequently prostrated himself with his head to the ground while saying the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
4. never ate meat.
5. often fasted.
6. “slept on the bare floor.”
7. wore an angular chain and hair shirt.
8. mortified his flesh until he drew blood.
9. favored the religious life over the merchant Papovič’s offer of his whole fortune and the hand of his daughter in holy matrimony.
10. wrote several original works of Catholic apologetics after zealously studying “the Slavonic-Byzantine liturgical books” (On the Baptism of St. Vladimir; On the Falsification of the Slavic Books by the Enemies of the Metropolitan; On Monks and their Vows).
11. performed works of mercy for the poor.
12. profoundly devoted himself to the Divine Liturgy.
13. preached and heard confessions in Church, fields, prisons, hospitals, and during personal travels.
14. restored Byzantine Churches.
15. established rules for priestly life.
16. gave a catechism to the clergy and told them to learn it by heart.
17. has incorrupt relics.
18. posthumously worked myriad miracles, as confirmed by the oath of 116 witnesses.

Listen to what our Lord says in Lk 6:43: “For there is no good tree that bringeth forth evil fruit: nor an evil tree that bringeth forth good fruit.” Remember the words of the martyred Apostle St. James the Just, the first Bishop of Jerusalem [Jas 3:11-12]: “Doth a fountain send forth, out of the same hole, sweet and bitter water? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear grapes? Or the vine, figs? So neither can the salt water yield sweet.”

Glorious Martyr St. Josaphat Kuntsevych, pray to God for the salvation of us sinners and for the imminent return of the Eastern Orthodox to the Catholic fold!

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