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Entries from November 24th, 2009

Two stories of violence

November 24th, 2009 1 Comment

priest_murderIn the last month two stories of violence against Orthodox priests caught the Orthodox news channels attention. One happened in Russia and one here, on American soil.

The first one you can read it here:

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/hundreds-mourn-orthodox-priest-shot-dead-in-church/390092.html#no

This is a most tragic event. A Russian Orthodox Priest who was outspoken against the Islamic religion was gunned down in his own Church in Moscow. May he rest in peace.

The second one available here:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/article1050707.ece

is a story of confusion, of mistaken (?) identity that ended up with a severe beating of an Orthodox Seminarian by an US soldier.

Both this stories are disturbing because they show how misdirected religious convictions and… Continue reading

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To a modest man who is repenting for some of his words – by St. Nikolai (Velimirovic)

November 24th, 2009 2 Comments

repentanceYou have done well for repenting right away. God has left repentance for salvation. If that was not the case, not even the Apostles would have been saved, far less other people. You have sinned with the tongue, re­pented with the heart. You said an evil word against your neighbor. As if you threw a spark into dry straw. The whole village heard it and made a mockery of it. The neighbor was bitter and sued you. You paid a lot, and became more miserable. You are bitter with yourself. It is not so hard for you that the court has punished you, but it is hard that your offended neighbor keeps punishing you. He does not… Continue reading

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Heavenly Crosses – The Master Yuri Feodorov

November 13th, 2009 9 Comments

In one of my pilgrimages I happend to arrive at the great Lavra Pecerska in Kiev, Ukraine and there I found in a small flee market, organized at the entrance of the Monastery, a gentlemen who was selling the most beautifull crosses I’ve ever seen. I liked them so much that I’ve spent all my money I had with me on those crosses (they were not that expensive and I did not had that much money…). The other day I stumbled upon an article about the master that fashioned those crosses.  Read it bellow and enjoy the pictures. Don’t forget to click also on the links at the bottom for some more breathtaking Orthodox creations.
When a physicist by education becomes an artist by calling, it can be regarded as a… Continue reading

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On the spiritual Struggle – by Archbishop Averky (Taushev)

November 11th, 2009 1 Comment

Hill Of Crosses LithuaniaOn the first Sunday of the Great Fast our Church celebrates the triumph of Orthodoxy, the victory of true Christian teachings over all perversions and distortions thereof- heresies and false teachings. On the second Sunday of the Great Fast it is as though this triumph of Orthodoxy is repeated and deepened in connection with the celebration of the memory of one of the greatest pillars of Orthodoxy, the hierarch Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica, who by his grace-bearing eloquence and the example of his highly ascetic private life put to shame the teachers of falsehood who dared reject the every essence of Orthodoxy, the podvig (in an approximate translation the word podvig means… Continue reading

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How can God be inside man? – St. Nikolai (Velimirovic)

November 9th, 2009 No Comments

orantaTo a soldier of a student’s brigade who asks how God can be inside man

You asked somebody, “where is God?” And you got an answer that God is inside you. And you marvel at this answer. How can that be?

Kind of like light in a room, or like fire in a; stove. When you are able to feel God within you, you will feel and know that He is inside you, but you will not be able to explain it to someone else. But you will look for images in nature and then you will speak to the other person as I speak to you: God is within me like light in a room, or… Continue reading

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Spiritual paparazzi

November 8th, 2009 No Comments

The quest for catching a glimpse of God

paparazziThere is no secret for any one that I am a passionate amateur photographer. As any other photo enthusiast I get caught up into the quest for the best resolution camera, the clearest, low dispersion, aspherical glass and all the other bells and whistles of photography; all this to make sure that I will be able to capture the best image possible at any given time. My passion for capturing image is nothing particularly odd; on the contrary, I would argue, is a universal pursuit.

Man has a passion for images, for representations because he himself is an image, an image of God. So inherently we are searching for the image of the… Continue reading

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