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Dogma: Nicomachus;Aristotle's Son;Patron Saint of the Maimed

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Hagiography of Saint Nicomachus

The patron saint of the maimed

I - Living in the Shadow of the Father

While Aristotle, traveled from city to city tirelessly preaching the message of the Almighty, Nicomachus was seen by many as little more than a weed as it was difficult and presumptuous to assume the role of the Prophet's son. Many fingers pointed at him as a curiosity and the whispers that accompanied this only reinforced the son's difficulty in having a normal childhood.

Moreover, no tutor had the courage or audacity to replace the traveling father, so until the age of ten, the child received no further education than from some helots who loitered near the home.

Eager for fatherly love, Nicomachus would learn all he could of the legendary tales of his father Aristotle. But rather than quench his thirst for the understanding of his father, they often left him feeling empty and full of questions and it was as if he was staring into a bottomless pit, with thoughts going from bad to worse and his father becoming further distant. What was his father doing?

Then one day Aristotle returned: he was frail, a giant with feet of clay, overwhelmed with fatigue and almost broken. He was sixty years old.

Nicomachus was dumbfounded; how could this fragile weak man be his father, how could the prophet be so weak, this fragile man that everyone loved, yet he himself was seen as a weed. It was then that he developed resentment toward his father, the hero.

Now the son became laconic and cynical; all the questions he had developed earlier were not asked, he kept them to himself as he no longer sought his father's affections.

II - Learning the precepts of Aristotle

Then one day the news of Alexander's death spread like a typhoon. Consequently many rowdy drunkards from the council, for long hesitant to slander Aristotle, began to openly threaten him for changing the established order of the city and filling the minds of the people with dangerous prophecy.

Unexpectedly to Nicomachus, Aristotle took him by the shoulder, handed him a large drink while laughing loudly, clinked glasses together and said "Do not worry my son, it is better to die in a hypocratic purge than to live forever surrounded by hypocrites"

It is often in times of Adversity that the deepest bonds are struck, and it was during this time that The Father and Son reconciled. Aristotle tried to compensate for years of absence by teaching and expressing all his moral knowledge, so that his son who he now counted on, could have real expertise in the morals and be supported by his father's faith.

Going to the heart of the concepts he taught him to look beyond the Appearances, to search for the Just, which may be hidden by decency and propriety, for Friendship without fear of loneliness, the Truth, Humility devoid of pride and enabled him to analyze that extreme virtues can become evil:

"Often, conservation is no longer that what it appears or intended to be. The peasant hoarding for a difficult future and eternal jackpot, stashes treasures under the goose down, buries it under the left buttock with his wife, yet soon he has a second field, which should be enough to serve him, yet he then becomes a craftsmen and he then covets the opulent apartment in the city; without for once ever touching on the fictitious nature of his insecurity.

Yes this may be the signs of earthly success, and all because he hoarded his treasures, but he should think for a moment, has not his conservation indeed turned to the sin of gluttony, where he desires more and more. And it all started from hiding a pound under his bed to save for tough times."

Of course, Aristotle often spoke of the prophecy and you could see the sparkle in his eyes when he did so. This sparkle was transferred to Nicomachus as well.

Nicomachus absorbed everything with enthusiasm and delight.

Eventually the day came when Aristotle, exhausted and weak from his exemplary life and travels finally gave in to the will of his son and allowed his son to transcribe the opus of metaphysics and the memories of his moral education that Aristotle had bestowed upon him. This was eventually to become the text of the Nicomachean ethics.

That's when the family home was attacked by masked men. Nicomachus tried to intervene but he had his eyes gouged out and the house was set on fire, forcing the family to leave Athens for Chalcis.

His father, straining to console him said "in cyclopedia, Oedipus is king" which means that, in the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is King.

III - sharing precepts

Aristotle, chased out of Athens, had settled with his son Nicomachus and his granddaughter POSEIDONIA in Chalcis. That's where he learned that Seleucus, former General of Alexander had just had a son. Therefore he invited Seleucus to present his son Antiochus, for he had great revelations to make.

In anticipation of this coming, Aristotle's prepared his son Nicomachus for the great mission of his life: to become the tutor of Antiochus.

After Aristotle had met the young child Antiochus, Nicomachus therefore left with Seleucus, taking with him all the writings of his father and specific instructions for the education of the young Antiochus, as well as the sealed letter for Antiochus, to be opened on his 15th Birthday

It was shortly after that Nicomachus learned of the death of his father, the Great Aristotle. His sorrow and pain were very deep, but he knew he had a job to do and he did everything to ensure his Father's teachings were transmitted to the greatest number.

During the entire youth of Antiochus, Nicomachus recalled and collated all the writings of his father and compiled them into a book called "From The One God and his commandments." At the same time he taught these precepts to the young boy.

Then when the child turned fifteen years age of the child, he told Antiochus of this book, as well as handing over the Sealed letter Aristotle had written for the young man.

In this same year 305 before Christos, the father of Antiochus became King.

Nicomachus went with Antiochus to Seleucia, the new capital of the Seleucid Empire, to continue the education of the young Antiochus, who listened carefully to his mentor and whose faith grew day by day.

He also often went into the lands around Seleucia, in order to spread the teaching of his father.

So one day, when he was explaining to some villagers the importance of friendship, he discovered a "brothel", where many women sold their bodies without shame. Although he did not see any obscenity, he heard enough to make him understand what was happening.

Horror was depicted on the face of the son of the prophet. And he could not bring himself not to intervene, he let himself be dominated by his faith and he said his voice brimming with fervor:

"Shame on you men, you purveyors of sin! The sins of the flesh! I beg you to stop! Out of respect for our God and all! "

Their eyes popped open at the strength and depth of the speech of Nicomachus, the men stopped their degrading acts, and got dressed, deeply embarrassed. The word's of Aristotle's son had struck deeply to their hearts and they all approached him asking:

"Will you forgive us? ''

He answered them that good deeds should be able to redeem the debaucherous path in which they lived. He invited them to follow in his path, teaching them what his father had taught him, and that they shall teach in their turn, and so on.

It is in the year 289 before Christos that Nicomachus died. The teaching of his father that he had begun to deliver with the Seleucid nobility and the people would soon bear fruit, as on his deathbed, Nicomachus heard his disciple Antiochus promise him that soon he would create a true Church that would spread and teach the true faith as taught by Aristotle.

Humble and detached from the vanity of the world, Nicomachus knew that he had fulfilled his destiny and had been guided by his conviction and the beauty of its movement, and thus the important business that Nicomachus undertook was never praised. He remained largely ignored by history and abandoned to the laurels of history, as do most humble men.

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