Didymus the Blind

 Didymus the Blind,

who became blind at the age of four, headed the famous Catechetical School in Alexandria in the fourth century. While his defense of Origenism was condemned by the 5th Ecumenical Council in Constantinople, he is commemorated in respected sources on the lives of the Saints. I cannot account for this discrepancy. One possible explanation, in  my opinion, is that it seems that in some circumstances, the Orthodox Church, with love as Her aim, gives consideration to the possibility that the full truth sometimes exceeds the boundaries of strictly legal rulings, which because of their narrow specificity cannot address the full scope of a personal situation.

Here are two sites I have found in which Didymus the Blind is commemorated:

1. http://www.orthodox.net/menaion-october/18-ss-juliandidymus-the-blind.html 

2. As recorded in The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovičor for the Old Calendar date October 18, and New Calendar date October 31, “St. Anthony the Great greatly respected this wondrous blind saint who had the spirit of discernment. He stayed with him and prayed to God with him whenever he came to Alexandria from the desert.”

More sources on Didymus the Blind:

http://www.tentmaker.org/biographies/didymus.htm 
http://orthodoxwiki.org/Didymus_the_Blind 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didymus_the_Blind

If someone wants to dig into a scholarly assessment of Didymus’ Christology, seek out  St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Professor Dr. Peter Bouteneff’s  “Placing the Christology of Didymus the Blind,” Studia Patristica 23 (2001), 389-395.

Source of Image: 

http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org/music/BrailleByzantineMusic.html#Library

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