Then the lveron fathers led them to the guesthouse and gave them rest for a whole week. Then they said, "Holy fathers, we have comforted you, but please do not burden us any longer, for we have now no room for our own people. We have here forty Turks and nothing to feed them. Everywhere there are robbers and we have no income. You may take a kellion in our skete, with a small chapel, stay there, cultivate a garden and take up a handicraft and thus you will feed yourselves somehow. If you need anything we will help and you may come to the monastery to spend the night." Our fathers thanked the lveron fathers for their hospitality, took a kellion in the skete and began to live there. They cultivated a garden and carved spoons, but at that time there was no one to buy their handiwork. They lived thus for more than four years in those troubled times. How they were fed, only God knows; they told no one. Bread was very difficult to obtain at that time. Many times I asked my elder, "Holy father, with what were you fed during this difficult period?" And he answered me, "And what did the Lord say in the Gospel? – Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you (Matt. 6:33). And so the Lord fed us." Thus our fathers were fed; and not only they, but more than a thousand remaining on the Holy Mountain – they were all fed by God.
His first question to everyone was, "Well, are you satisfied? You do not need anything?"
I will tell you of another instance on the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. One of my spiritual brothers, Theoclit, took all the money he had, one hundred and fifty levs, to the feast, in order to buy a riassa and some sackcloth. He went and lost everything and became extremely sad and mournful. Upon seeing him, the spiritual father Arseny asked, "Why are you so sorrowful?" He told him that he had lost all of his money. The elder asked him, "Do you have such a great need?" He then emptied his sack and gave him the money saying, "Here, I have only sixty levs. Go and buy what you need." Fr. Theoclit took the money and departed. Then he thought to himself, "I'm a young man and can work, but they are old and infirm and they gave me the last that they had. They trust that God will supply their needs; will God not care for me? I will go and return the money." He went and began to give the money to Fr. Arseny but he would not take it. He then fell at his feet and with many tears implored him to accept the money. Taking it the elder said, "You will not be sorry?" Fr. Theoclit replied, "I will not, holy father. I am now very happy that you took the money back."
Orthodox Life magazine 1991 (4)