The conversion of a Roman Catholic French man to Orthodoxy in Paris, France – A miracle of Saint Xenia of St. Petersburg, Russia

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Saint Xenia of St. Petersburg, Russia,

the Fool-for-Christ & Wonderworker (+1809)

Feast day: Jan 1 & Sep 11

The conversion of a Roman Catholic

French man to Orthodoxy in Paris, France

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A miracle of Saint Xenia of St. Petersburg, Russia

Saint Xenia of St. Petersburg, Russia, the Fool-for-Christ and Wonderworker…

We follow with an account by a resident of France, who was benefited by the Saint in our days.

A French dentist with a private clinic in Paris was injured in a car accident and had to stay in hospital for a few days.

Roman Catholic by creed, but indifferent to the faith, he watched as the patient next to him, a Russian émigré, would pray in the evenings in the ward, and would laugh behind his back.

Since the Russian’s lengthy prayers were repeated for as many days as he remained there, the dentist saw fit to make fun of the praying man, and he joked around with those from the other rooms.

After that first evening of making fun with the others, it was impossible for him to fall sleep.

Suddenly, the door to the ward opened and a woman appeared, wearing men’s clothing and holding a cane in her hand.

She was heading towards his bed. He was startled. Unknown facial features. A sweet, strange face.

“What do you want, lady? I don’t have any change. Who let you in here?”

“I came to tell you,” she said to him, as she lifted her cane, “to stop ridiculing Yuri, who is praying, because you will remain here a long time yet, and will seek his prayers….”

And indeed. Over the following days, he was diagnosed with serious cardiac insufficiency and remained three months in the hospital.

Yuri visited him at one point, and when the Frenchman revealed his vision to him, he began to tell him about St. Xenia and Orthodoxy.

Today, the Frenchman is an active member of the French Orthodox community and Baptized his newborn baby girl with the name Xenia last December, in honor of the Saint and in memory of his miraculous conversion.

Source:

http://www.holytrinityrandolph.com/saint-xenia.htm

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