Exiled unjustly, convicted without a trial and slandered without cause, St. Nektarios of Aegina’s life was one of persecution and prosecution. A priest of the common people, St. Nektarios’ popularity provoked the jealousy of the clergy in Alexandria and, as a result, he was defrocked and expelled from Egypt. In contrast to his religious “superiors”, Nektarios cared for the poor, taught peasant girls to read and write, and performed miracles. Even his last moment on earth was used to help another: upon his death, Nektarios’ garment was removed, and as it fell upon a paralysed man in the hospital bed next to him, the lame man miraculously arose to walk.
Despite the efforts of the religious establishment to discredit him and dismantle his good works over decades, St. Nektarios has become one of Greece’s most renowned saints, and his life of devotion and perseverance continues to uplift and inspire people from all over the world.