When you hear the word saint, you think of God-like men and women who were alive centuries ago. At the very least, you don't think about people who are actually living today when you think about saints, but there are. This man spent his life doing something so "saint-like" that his name will be remembered long after his body has been buried.
Dobri Dobrev, who was born on July 20, 1914, was a man with the spirit of a saint.
In fact, Dobri was actually known as “the Saint from the village Bailovo” because of what he did each and every day for the people in his community. Every morning, the old man would walk 15 miles to the capital of Sofia in Bulgaria to stand in front of the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky.
While he was a religious man, he wasn’t there to speak to a priest or to preach his sermon on the corner.
Dobri arrived at the church every single day to ask for donations. But, you see, Dobri wasn’t asking for donations for himself. Dobri was asking for donations to help out others who were in need.
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Throughout the years, Dobri managed to raise over $44,000 in donations from caring people at the church.
According to Daily Buzz, Dobri gave every single dime that he had collected to charities, to restoring churches, and to help orphanages pay their bills. Despite the fact that he had collected so much money, Dobri survived on a meager pension of around $100 a month.
Then, in 2000, Dobri gave all of his possessions, including his home, to the Orthodox church in Bailovo.
Ever since then, Dobri had lived a non-materialistic, selfless lifestyle. After devoting his life to God, Dobri said: “God gives me bread.” Even though Dobri had a bed of his own, he has always preferred sleeping on the floor.
More often than not, the people who have stopped to speak to the old man, who says that “God is the way,” have broken down into tears from simply being in his presence.
In a 2000 film called “Mite,” Dobri said: “The goodwill is just and true. Everything in it is good. We must not lie, nor steal, nor commit adultery. We must love each other as God loves us.”