St Paisios: The Intellectual and the Lizard

“One day an intellectual visited St. Paisios.

Discussing with the Elder, he said he believed in a force, but not in Christ.

At that moment a lizard passed by them. The Elder bent down and, to the surprise of his visitor, asked it: “You lizard, do you believe in our Christ?”

The lizard shook its head affectionately, and Saint Paisios, addressing the intellectual, said: “Do you see? You are crazier than the lizard.”

Source: “The Zoofilia of the Saints and the Agiophilia of the Animals.”
 Publications “Agios Stefanos”

St Paisios_The Intellectual and the Lizard