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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (+1994), the temptation of atheism when he was 11 years old & the appearance of Jesus Christ to him

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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (+1994)

the temptation of atheism when he was 11 years old

& the appearance of Jesus Christ to him

From the age of eleven [says Saint Paisios], I would read the lives of the Saints, I would fast and keep vigil. My older brother would take the books and hide them, but that didn’t stop me. I would just go into the forest and keep reading there.

Later, when I was fifteen, a friend of my brother named Costas told my brother, “I’ll make him willingly give up all this nonesense.” He came and explained to me Darwin’s theory of evolution. I was shaken by this, and I said, “I’ll go and pray, and, if Christ is God, He’ll appear to me so that I’ll believe. I’ll see a shadow, hear a voice—He will show me a sign.” That’s all I could come up with at the time.

So, I went and began to pray and make prostrations for hours; but nothing happened. Eventually I stopped in a state of exhaustion. Then something Costas had said came to mind: “I accept that Christ is an important man,” he had told me, “righteous and virtuous, Who was hated out of envy for His virtue and condemned by His countrymen.” I thought to myself, “since that’s how Christ was, even if He was only a man, He deserves my love, obedience, and self-sacrifice. I don’t want paradise; I don’t want anything. It is worth making every sacrifice for the sake of His holiness and kindness.”

God was waiting to see how I would deal with this temptation. After this, Christ Himself appeared to me in a great light. He was visible from the waist up. He looked at me with tremendous love and said, “I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in Me, even if he dies, he shall live” (Jn. 11:25). He was holding the Gospel in His left hand, open to the page where the same words were written.

With this event, the uncertainties that had troubled my soul were overcome, and in divine grace I came to know Christ as true God and Savior of the world. I was convinced of the truth of the God-man, not by men or books, but by the very Lord Himself, who revealed Himself to me even at this young age. Firmly established in faith, I thought to myself, “Come back now, Costas, if you want, and we’ll have a talk.”

Source:

Books of St Paisios

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The Thorny Path To God – An interview with Elena Skorokhodova — actress, film director, and playwright

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RUSSIA OF MY HEART

ATHEISTS MET ORTHODOXY

HEART MUSIC HEART

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Elena Skorokhova, Russia

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The Thorny Path To God

An interview with Elena Skorokhodova —

actress, film director, and playwright

Source:

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

An accomplished actress on stage (sixteen years in the Pushkin Theatre, Moscow) and screen, Elena Skorokhodova is also a director, writer, and author of plays, including the prizewinning, Don’t Throw Ashes on the Floor. Her creative talent has led her to an acute perception of the unfolding drama of individuals along her life’s path, and the fate of her country.

–Elena, tell us about how you came to faith in God?

–I would have to tell you my entire life story in order for it to make sense. I was born in an atheistic soviet family. By the way, that atheism was superficial. We believed in goodness and justice, as something that goes without saying. No one ever looked deeper into the source of this belief in our souls.

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视频: 神存在嗎?DOES GOD EXIST? (台灣基督東正教會) – English & Chinese video

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TAIWAN & HONG KONG OF MY HEART

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神存在嗎?Does God exist? (台灣基督東正教會)

台灣基督東正教會隸屬於普世宗主教聖統香港及東南亞教區
主教為黎大略都主教,台灣由李亮神父牧養來自世界各國的教友

李亮神父 Fr. Jonah
來自東正教會希臘聖山(Mt. Athos)Gregoriou Monastery修院,
身為修士們的屬靈父親(spiritual father),
於修院中實踐心禱,鑽研希臘原文聖經十多年。
來臺後於各神學院教導東正教神學、聖經希臘原文等課程,
其屬靈父親為已故希臘知名靈修導師 Elder Porphyrios。

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The Orthodox Church in Taiwan

Klaus Kenneth, Deutschland – Zwei Millionen Kilometer auf der Suche – Von Hippies, Atheismus, Buddhismus, Hinduismus und Protestantismus zur Orthodoxie – German video

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EDELWEISS OF MY HEART

ATHEISTS MET Orthodoxy

HIPPIES MET Orthodoxy

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Klaus Kenneth, Germany

Two million kilometers in search

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From hippies, atheism, Buddhism, Hinduism

and Protestantism to Orthodoxy

Twelve years drew the Swiss publicist Klaus Kenneth in search of spirituality, peace and love through Europe, Asia and South America. The road was dangerous and full of disappointments, hate, drugs and death. Empty and disappointed by philosophies, teachings and religions Kenneth returned, and found the truth in the Orthodox Church. His long journey towards a church he wrote in his life story, “two million kilometers in search” down.

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COMING TO ORTHODOXY – ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

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ATHEISTS MET ORTHODOXY

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Coming to Orthodoxy – Orthodox Christianity

KLAUS KENNETH, GERMANY: BORN TO HATE, REBORN TO LOVE – FROM HIPPIES, ATHEISM, HINDUISM, BUDDHISM & PROTESTANTISM TO ORTHODOXY (ENGLISH-GREEK VIDEO)

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ATHEISTS MET ORTHODOXY

HIPPIES MET ORTHODOXY

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Klaus Kenneth, Germany: Born to Hate, Reborn to Love

From Hippies, atheism, Hinduism, Buddhism & Protestantism to Orthodoxy

(English – Greek)

LIFE AFTER BIRTH & LIFE AFTER DEATH – A PARABLE

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CALIFORNIA OF MY HEART

AMERICA OF MY HEART

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Life after Birth & Life after Death

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Henri Nouwen

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ORTHODOXY IS LOVE

Imagines twins –a brother and a sister– talking to each other in their mother’s womb:

The sister said to the brother, “I believe there is life after birth.”

Her brother protested vehemently, “No, no, this is all there is. This is a dark and cozy place, and we have nothing else to do but to cling to the cord that feeds us.”

The little girl insisted, “There must be something more than this dark place. There must be something else, a place with light where there is freedom to move.” Still, she could not convince her twin brother.

After some silence, the sister said hesitantly, “I have something else to say, and I’m afraid you won’t believe that, either, but I think there is a mother.”

Her brother became furious. “A mother!” he shouted. “What are you talking about? I have never seen a mother, and neither have you. Who put that idea in your head? As I told you, this place is all we have. Why do you always want more? This is not such a bad place, after all. We have all we need, so let’s be content.”

The sister was quite overwhelmed by her brother’s response and for a while didn’t dare say anything more. But she couldn’t let go of her thoughts, and since she had only her twin brother to speak to, she finally said, “Don’t you feel these squeezes every once in a while? They’re quite unpleasant and sometimes even painful.”

“Yes,” he answered. “What’s special about that?”

“Well,” the sister said, “I think that these squeezes are there to get us ready for another place, much more beautiful than this, where we will see our mother face-to-face. Don’t you think that’s exciting?”

The brother didn’t answer. He was fed up with the foolish talk of his sister and felt that the best thing would be simply to ignore her and hope that she would leave him alone.

Source:

Henri Nouwen, Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring,

Harper: San Francisco, 1994, pp. 19-20

NUN PORPHYRIA OF ATHENS, GREECE (+2015): TRAVELING IN THE WALLS OF THE CITY … – THE MOVING CHANGE OF A FORMER PROSTITUTE – WIND OF CHANGE …

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