Who’s to Blame for Human Suffering?

Christ in Gethsemane. Ary Scheffer, 1839

By Scott Cairns

How can one believe in a loving God who allows the innocent to suffer? I’ve been asked this many times, and I’ve never been quick to answer. Subconsciously, I’ve probably asked much the same thing in the past.

While I may not frame the matter this way now, it remains a useful question, if only because it reveals a premise I am no longer willing to buy – the illusion of individual autonomy.

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Πώς γιορτάζεται η Πρωτοχρονιά στους Κινέζους, Ινδούς, Εβραίους, Μουσουλμάνους

Η Πρώτη μέρα του Νέους Έτους δεν είναι ίδια χρονικά για όλο τον κόσμο. Υπάρχουν θρησκεύματα και χώρες, που ακολουθούν άλλα ημερολόγια και βρίσκονται μερικά χρόνια μπροστά ή πίσω από τον υπόλοιπο κόσμο.

Κινέζικη Πρωτοχρονιά

Η αλλαγή του χρόνου για τους Κινέζους καθορίζεται από το ηλιακό-σεληνιακό ημερολόγιο και όχι το δυτικό Γρηγοριανό, οπότε η πρώτη ημέρα του χρόνου δεν είναι σταθερή και συνήθως κυμαίνεται μεταξύ τέλη Ιανουαρίου και μέσα Φεβρουαρίου… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Presence in the Absence

There is a strange aspect to the presence of God in the world around us. That aspect is His apparent absence. I read with fascination (because I am no philosopher, much less a scientist) the discussions surrounding “intelligent design” and the like. I gather that everybody agrees that the universe is just marvelous and wonderfully put together (I can’t think of a better universe). But then begins the parting of ways as one sees God everywhere and another sees Him nowhere. Reason surely need not deny Him, though reason does not seem forced to acknowledge Him. I have spent most of my life around these arguments – one place or another. I can stand in either place and see both presence and absence.

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The Temptation of Sunday

"Diveevo. The Troitsk cathedral". By Sergei Glushkov

I talked further with this simple brother who gave me shelter and he told me about his life and his ideas. «I had quite a good position in the life of our village,» said he. «I had a workshop where I died fustian and linen and I lived comfortably enough, though not without sin. I often cheated in business. I was a false swearer, I was abusive, I used to drink and quarrel. In our village there was an old dyachok who had a very old book on the Last Judgement. He used to go from house to house and read from it, and he was paid something for doing so. He came to me too…

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Give and it will be given back to you

by David Grier

«good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over»

Jesus said:

Give and it will be given back to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38)

This is so plain and direct that we often are tempted to doubt that our Lord meant it. A recent article in the Oprah Magazine (December 2000) illustrates an example of someone who lived her life by this and other biblical principles. The article is an interview with Maya Angelou, a 72 year old woman who had overcome poverty, a broken home, childhood rape, single parenting, and the difficulties of being black in America to become a successful performer, author, and teacher. Oprah, who knows Ms. Angelou well, made the observation that «people flock to your home because of your generosity. Generosity must be a life principle for you.»

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Saints are the Aristocracy of Mankind

By Evagelos Sotiropoulos

When Ian Miller’s parents visit his son’s soon to be in-laws in the 2002 blockbuster movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, they’re introduced to no less than 10 Nicks.

While overlooking the exaggerated (albeit not by much) tradition of naming a child after its grandparent, there’s actually a more profound, religious reason behind Greek – indeed all Orthodox Christian – names.

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One of ancient Christian churches of Turkey offered for sale

One of the most ancient Christian churches in the world is offered for sale in Turkey.

The Turkish authorities have not allowed businessman Meta Yalcin from Istanbul to renovate the church constructed in 780-797. Thus, the businessman, who had bought the church 10 years ago, decided to sell it, CNN-Turk reported.

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«It’s Just Another Day For You and Me In Paradise»

I’ll never forget what I heard one cold winter day on the radio while attending seminary over twenty years ago. . . A man was found frozen to death this morning just outside Fenway Park. Perhaps, loneliness and indifference are the greatest of sins that plague our present time. Years later, a popular song spoke of this indifference, «Think twice . . . It’s just another day for you and me in Paradise.» For Christians, our «Paradise» is not found in life’s comforts but in spirit and truth. Paradise is the person, Jesus Christ and His living in and among us. We are living in «Paradise» through our life as members of the body of Christ – as His Church on earth.

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Religious Intolerance in Turkey

International Conference on Religious Intolerance in Turkey

On 16-17 November, the Order of St Andrew held a conference entitled «Turkey’s Bridge to the European Union» at the European Parliament  in Brussels. Human Rights Without Frontiers was invited to a panel addressing «Issues and Concerns of Religious Minorities in Turkey». Hereafter the paper presented by Human Rights Without Frontiers.

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Elder Joseph of Vatopedi on the life and personality of Abbess Taisia

Our Church, with its rich patristic tradition, is not devoid of examples and stories on spiritual matters in order to coach its people. Both our Fathers and the martyrs have left abundant material of remarkable splendor which refers to their life stories. Their sweet smelling sayings and their teachings have drawn the luminous trail for the salvation of those who would like to take the narrow and sorrowful path which leads to the Kingdom of God.

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Herbs from Holy Mount Athos help cure illnesses!

Calendula officinalis

Several herbs, endemic at the Holy Mount Athos, have been found to cure chronic illnesses like rheumatism, circulatory problems, allergies etc.

The Centre for the Research and Study of such herbs has been launched at the monastery of Vatopedi with the help of Italian scientists, most notable of which is professor Roberto Micinilli of the University of Viterbo.

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Saint Winifred of Wales

A virgin flourishing as the rose,

The comely bride of Him Who is the Lamb,

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Christen in der Türkei

Der Altar der Paulus-Kirche in Tarsus, der Heimat des Apostels Paulus

Was religiöse Toleranz und Religionsfreiheit angeht, kann die Türkische Republik dem Osmanischen Reich das Wasser nicht reichen. Die heutige Türkei versteht sich als weltlicher Staat, doch verweigert gerade sie den – kaum noch vorhandenen – Christen elementare Rechte.

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«There are none so blind as those who will not see.» …

In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: who lost Europe ?’

Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom, the Netherlands , at the Four Seasons, New York , introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem .

Dear friends,

Thank you very much for inviting me.

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Do you know how the Apostles died?

1 Matthew

Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia , killed by a sword wound.

2

Mark

Died in Alexandria , Egypt , after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.

3

Luke

Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.

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Liturgical Gestures

Orthodox worship is characterized by a complete utilization of the senses sight, smell, hearing, speech and touch. We see the candles, Icons, frescoes, etc., we hear the sounds of singing and reading, at times lifting up our own voices, and we smell the characteristic odor of the incense. The whole of the human person is involved in worship, and important among the senses is the actual deportment of the human body. The attitude of the Orthodox Believer to worship is reverential, and certain types of bodily movements are utilized to reinforce this sense of reverential piety we stand during the services, we make bows and prostrations, and with great frequency, we make the Sign of the Cross. Accordingly, there are several types of Bows, depending on the solemnity of the moment.

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Orthodox Christianity and the Idea of Homosexual Marriage

By Fr. Chrysostom MacDonnell
Priest of St. Dunstan’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Poole-Bournemouth

In the film, Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, there is a scene where a group of revolutionaries are discussing tactics. One of them, played by Michael Palin, suddenly announces that he wants to be a woman from now on and have babies. After a certain puzzlement, the group decides that, although he can’t actually have babies, they agree that he has the right to have babies. Perfectly in line with the post-modern culture of rights, even outside the bounds of nature, this satire seems to mirror recent events in the Swedish Lutheran Church.

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21. September, 2010

21. September, 2010 +++ Gedächtnis … +++ Hl. Hieromartyrer Kodratos v. Magnesia +++ Hl. Prophet Jonas +++ gottgeweihter Jonas v. Sabaiten +++ gottgeweihter Dimitri Metropolit von Rostow +++ gottgeweihter Daniel v. Schushgora gottgeweihte Martyrerin Vassa v. Tyr
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++a Werte Freunde der Edition Hagia Sophia, liebe Brüder und Schwestern in Christo!
Neuigkeiten: Mit großer Freude möchten wir Ihnen mitteilen, der letzte Schritt ist getan! Endlich haben wir nun auch die Arbeit an dem bereits seit geraumer Zeit angekündigten und in Arbeit befindlichen letzten – und vielleicht wichtigsten – Buch von Priestermönch Seraphim Rose abgeschlossen. Das Buch befindet sich in Druck und wird in 6 bis 10 Tagen ausgeliefert:

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The Prophet Jonah

GOD sent the prophet Jonah to preach to the people who lived in Nineveh in Assyria. They were enemies of the Israelites. Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh because he feared that if the Assyrians were converted, they might harm his people. Instead, he set out by boat for a far country. In this way he thought he could hide from God.

But God sent a violent storm upon the sea. «Throw me overboard,» said Jonah to the sailors, «for I know that the storm has come because of me.» So, praying to God for mercy, they threw Jonah into the sea. And the wind stopped,

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The Monastic Grades

When one desiring the monastic life enters a monastery, he normally passes through three steps or stages: 1) Probationer (Novice including Riasaphor), 2) Monk of the Lesser Schema (Cross-bearer or Stavrophore), and 3) Monk of the Great Schema (Russian Skhimnik). The Probationer who enters a monastery desires to do so in order to acquit himself worthily in the angelic state, so called because Monks renounce all wordly things, do not marry, do not acquire and hold property, and live as do the Angels in Heaven, glorifying God night and day and striving to do His Will in all things.

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To Arrest People for Orthodox Belief in Georgia

O, Lord, save Your people, And bless Your inheritance.

Grant victories to the Rulers over Barbarians.

And by virtue of Your Cross, Preserve Your commonwealth.

In order to say; Glory to You, Lord” _

With this chant 8 orthodox Christian defendants met unfair and slanderous sentence passed by Tbilisi City Court under the government instructions. Such was, first of all, an order of American Ambassador to Georgia, Mr. Bass, who in the very first days made a statement about the incident in Television Company “Caucasia” and expressed hope that the case would be properly investigated. In several days following this statement he visited Ilia Chavchavadze State University. By doing so, he showed his respect to Mr.Gigi Tevzadze and to a handful of individuals, so called “liberals” associated with him, representing an opposition party against the Orthodox Christians during the “Caucasia” incident. Acting in this manner the American Ambassador clearly showed the Georgian Government what kind of Justice was to be administered and who was to be punished.

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St. Chrysostom Metropolitan of Smyrna the New Ethno-Hieromartyr, and those with him

«To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.»

(Revelation 2:8-11;http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+2&version=NIV)

The ethnomartyr Chrysostom Kalafatis was born in Triglia of Propontidas in 1867. He was the Metropolitan of Smyrna from 1910 until 1922.

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«This Was From Me»

The Theotokos of Vladimir, one of the most ven...

The Theotokos of Vladimir

By Metropolitan Manuel Lemeshevsk

Have you ever thought that everything that touches you touches Me as well? For that which touches you touches the apple of My eye.

You are dear in my eyes, precious, and I have loved you; therefore it is a particular pleasure for Me to educate you.

When temptations arise against you, and the enemy comes like a river, I want you to know—This was from Me.

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God Bless You

I did not know His love before, the way I know it now.

I could not see my need for Him, my pride would not allow.

I had it all, without a care, the “Self-sufficient” lie.

My path was smooth, my sea was still, not a cloud was in my sky.

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Tapestry

When I was a little girl, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her feet and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering.

As from the underside I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat. She would smile at me, look down and gently say, «My daughter, you go about your playing for a while, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side.»

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