Elder Avvakum (Habakkuk) of Mt Athos was was a sublime combination of great asceticism and "community" work, in other words, of practical love towards his fellow man, whether a monk or a lay pilgrim.
Although he received abundant Grace from above from his youth, he never ceased even for a moment to offer that which was in his power, in obedience from his heart to the voice of the Gospel.
He soon became for his fellow monastics and the scores of pilgrims a symbol and example of asceticism, simplicity and love, so that after his death foreign pilgrims and researchers would gather earth from his grave to take as a blessing to their homelands. This had never before been heard of in the chronicles of the Holy Mountain. His countenance reminded them of the Holy Forerunner, the fools-for-Christ, their own Francis of Assisi and the saints of the Byzantine icons.
Author: Monk Theodoretos the Hagiorite