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In Facing East I have a chapter on Brother Symeon, though at the time he was called Eugene. (He’s also mentioned inAt the Corner of East and Now.) He had come to St. George Church in Cicero, IL (near Chicago) to pray for his wife’s healing, at the time that the icon of the Theotokos on their iconostasis bgan to weep. After Alina reposed he moved into the church, sleeping on a table in the Sunday School. When the parishioners discovered this they were overjoyed and prepared a place there where he could live, and eventually he was tonsured a monk.
Bro. Symeon became very concerned that Jesus was misunderstood in American culture. He thought there should be a movie that portrayed the real Jesus, and wrote a screenplay by hand, in ballpoint pen. He sent me and others copies of it, but there did not appear to be any way it could be produced. I hope one day I will have time to type it up and send it to an online publisher so that it could at least be more widely read.
Below the picture of Bro. Symeon I’ve put a photocopy of what he wrote on the reverse of the photo:
“Look at Jesus on the cross I hold.
This is the real Jesus.”