Category Archives: CONVERSIONS

Athanasius Yoo, M.D., B.D., Korea: Why I Became An Eastern Orthodox Christian

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KOREA OF MY HEART

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Athanasius Yoo, M.D., B.D., Korea:

Why I Became An Eastern Orthodox Christian

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

My long pilgrimage to the Mother Church has been completed. As I think back over the long road of this pilgrimage, I become filled with deep emotion. For by the grace of God, I, a stray sheep, have found the lovely bosom of the Good Shepherd, the true body of Christ, – the One, Holy Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Therefore, it is my Continue reading Athanasius Yoo, M.D., B.D., Korea: Why I Became An Eastern Orthodox Christian

Video – From Glory to Glory: The Journey of Fr. Anthony Salzman, GA, USA

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ORTHODOX HEART SITES

USA OF MY HEART

From Glory to Glory:

The Journey of Fr. Anthony Salzman, GA, USA

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos in Greece (+1994) & the young George the Tibetan Buddhist monk

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AUSTRALIA & SAINT PAISIOS OF MY HEART

SAINTS OF MY HEART

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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)

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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos in Greece (+1994)

& the young George the Tibetan Buddhist monk

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ORTHODOX PATH

George, a young man of sixteen or seventeen, came to Mount Athos in Greece to go from one monastery to another. Though Greek by blood, he had been raised abroad from early childhood among Tibetan Buddhist monks in their monastery. He had made a great deal of progress in meditation, and he had become an accomplished sorcerer, able to summon any demon he wanted. He was also an expert in the martial arts. Using the power of Satan, he Continue reading Saint Paisios of Mount Athos in Greece (+1994) & the young George the Tibetan Buddhist monk

Robert Arakaki, Hawaii, USA: From Unchurched Hawaiian to Local Orthodox

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USA OF MY HEART

NATIVE AMERICANS OF MY HEART

HAWAII OF MY HEART

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Robert Arakaki, Hawaii, USA:

From Unchurched Hawaiian to Local Orthodox

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

I grew up unchurched. I became a Christian in high school through reading the Living Bible. I was active in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Hawaii. My home church was Kalihi Union Church (KUC), a fine evangelical congregation that was part of the United Church of Christ (UCC).

I was deeply troubled by the UCC’s liberal theology and wanted to help it return to its biblical roots. This led me to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for the Continue reading Robert Arakaki, Hawaii, USA: From Unchurched Hawaiian to Local Orthodox

Video: The Sound of Divine Steps in Ghana & Ivory Coast – From Protestantism to Orthodoxy

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AFRICA OF MY HEART

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The Sound of Divine Steps in Ghana & Ivory Coast

From Protestantism to Orthodoxy

About Yoga – Journey to Orthodoxy

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WHAT ABOUT YOGA?

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About Yoga

Journey to Orthodoxy

Fr. Philip Silouan Thompson, USA: Moving East – From Roman Catholicism & Protestantism to Orthodoxy

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ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY

USA OF MY HEART

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Walla Walla, Washington, USA

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Moving East

by Philip Silouan Thompson

Sources:

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Fr. Phil Thompson is the author of the Silouan blog, an excellent site for information. He is also a well known iconographer in North American Orthodoxy, and this, his story, was taken from his own website http://silouanthompson.net

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon every soul, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common… Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47)

When I became a Christian in 1980, I was living with a Roman Catholic family and Continue reading Fr. Philip Silouan Thompson, USA: Moving East – From Roman Catholicism & Protestantism to Orthodoxy

PERCHÉ ABBANDONAI LA CHIESA CATTOLICA ROMANA – SAN PAOLO BALLESTER CONVALIER, MARTIRE IN MESSICO (+1984) – Italian

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ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY

ITALY OF MY HEART

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PAUL FR. BALLESTER CONVALIER (+1984)

PERCHÉ ABBANDONAI LA CHIESA CATTOLICA ROMANA

“Sempre pronti a rispondere a vostra difesa a chiunque vi domanda ragione della speranza ch’è in voi” (I Pietro 3, 15)

ATENE 1954
TRADUZIONE DAL GRECO

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PRESSO LA CHIESA DEI SS. PIETRO E PAOLO DEI NAZIONALI ELLENI

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AL NASCENTE MOVIMENTO

ORTODOSSO ITALIANO DEDICO

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INVECE DI PREMESSA

Nell’ottobre dell’anno scorso 1954 è sorto a Catania ed a Firenze, promosso da Italiani di puro sangue, un movimento che mira non ad un Cattolicesimo riformato, ma addirittura ad un ritorno completo e sincero alle origini, cioè alla genuina Chiesa Cristiana esistente prima del funesto grande scisma tra Oriente ed Occidente consumato dal Papa Urbano II nell’anno 1098 nel Sinodo di Bari da lui ivi convocato. I pionieri di tale movimento hanno trovato tale Chiesa primitiva nella Chiesa Ortodossa Cristiana che è infatti l’unica genuina continuatrice della Chiesa fondata da Gesù Cristo e divulgata dai SS. Apostoli.
È molto commovente il fatto che proprio in quest’anno che è il novecentesimo dagli inizi dei primi aperti contrasti ecclesiastici tra Occidente e Oriente, che condussero poi Continue reading PERCHÉ ABBANDONAI LA CHIESA CATTOLICA ROMANA – SAN PAOLO BALLESTER CONVALIER, MARTIRE IN MESSICO (+1984) – Italian

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:

http://journeytoorthodoxy.comHERE

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.

A true atheist is a terrible being, deprived of morality, and obsessed with no more than his Continue reading The Thorny Path To God – An interview with Elena Skorokhodova — actress, film director, and playwright

PARIS, FRANCE: THE CONVERSION OF A ROMAN CATHOLIC FRENCH MAN TO ORTHODOXY – MIRACLE OF SAINT XENIA OF ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

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FRANCE OF MY HEART

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Saint Xenia of St. Petersburg, Russia,

the Fool-for-Christ & Wonderworker (+1809)

Feast day: Jan 1 & Sep 11

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SYNAXARION – HAGIOLOGY

Saint Xenia of St. Petersburg, Russia, the Fool-for-Christ and Wonderworker…

We follow with an account by a resident of France, who was benefited by the Saint in our days.

A French dentist with a private clinic in Paris was injured in a car accident and had to stay in hospital for a few days.

Roman Catholic by creed, but indifferent to the faith, he watched as the patient next to him, a Russian émigré, would pray in the evenings in the ward, and would laugh behind his back.

Since the Russian’s lengthy prayers were repeated for as many days as he remained there, the dentist saw fit to make fun of the praying man, and he joked around with those from the other rooms.

After that first evening of making fun with the others, it was impossible for him to fall sleep.

Suddenly, the door to the ward opened and a woman appeared, wearing men’s clothing and holding a cane in her hand.

She was heading towards his bed. He was startled. Unknown facial features. A sweet, strange face.

“What do you want, lady? I don’t have any change. Who let you in here?”

“I came to tell you,” she said to him, as she lifted her cane, “to stop ridiculing Yuri, who is praying, because you will remain here a long time yet, and will seek his prayers….”

And indeed. Over the following days, he was diagnosed with serious cardiac insufficiency and remained three months in the hospital.

Yuri visited him at one point, and when the Frenchman revealed his vision to him, he began to tell him about St. Xenia and Orthodoxy.

Today, the Frenchman is an active member of the French Orthodox community and Baptized his newborn baby girl with the name Xenia last December, in honor of the Saint and in memory of his miraculous conversion.

SOURCE:

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HOLY TRINITY ORTHODOX CHURCH

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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)

ORTHODOXIE IN ALLER WELT – German

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ITALY OF MY HEART

AMERICA OF MY HEART

LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART

EDELWEISS OF MY HEART

JAPAN OF MY HEART

500px_DSC5758_64_17_1-4s-copiaOrthodoxie in aller Welt

Die Orthodoxe Kirche in Finnland

 

Die Orthodoxie in Italien

  

Die orthodoxen Gläubigen in Japan bitten uns um unsere Gebete

 

Die orthodoxe Kirche in Japan

 

Die orthodoxe Kirchengemeinde zur Allerheiligsten Dreifaltigkeit in Lima

 

Die Orthodoxe Kirche auf Madagaskar

 

Die Orthodoxe Kirche auf Kuba

KLAUS KENNETH: LES DÉMONS, MÈRE TÉRÉSA ET MOI – VIDÉO – French

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FRANCE OF MY HEART

ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY

HIPPIES MET ORTHODOXY

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Klaus Kenneth: Les Démons, Mère Thérésa et moi

Après une enfance très difficile, Klaus a cherché la vérité dans l’hindouisme et le bouddhisme. Il a fini par rencontrer mère Thérésa à Calcutta qui lui a dit de chercher dans son cœur. Là il a trouvé…

930 ARTICLES & VIDEOS ABOUT THE ORTHODOX VINEYARD OF AFRICA IN ENGLISH & FRENCH – EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH – MADAGASCAR 4K/UHD VIDEO

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AFRICA OF MY HEART

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Madagascar in Detail – 4K/UHD Video

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NUMBER OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS IN IRELAND DOUBLED OVER FIVE YEARS ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Báidín Fheilimí – Traditional Irish Song – VIDEO

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IRELAND OF MY HEART

GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART

REJOICE CELTIC SAINTS

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Ireland of my heart…!

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Báidín Fheilimí – Traditional Irish Song

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Number of Orthodox Christians in Ireland doubled over five years

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According to the latest 2011 census there are over 45 thousand Orthodox Christians in Ireland, reports Interfax-Religion.
This figure is two times larger than it was in 2006 and four times larger than in 2002. Thus according to the official data Orthodoxy is the fastest growing religion in Ireland, says the website Russianireland.com.

The largest center of Orthodoxy in the country is Swords, the county town of Fingal, where 1168 Orthodox Christians reside according to the 2011 census data.

The census also showed that the majority of the Orthodox Christians in Ireland are Romanians (26%), followed by Irish (20%) and Latvians (12.5%).

“Orthodoxy is not something new or strange In Ireland; it has always existed here. It is well-known that Irish Christianity before the 11th century was very similar to ours. But after Ireland was conquered by the British this denomination had been intentionally removed by the Pope. That is probably why many Irish perceive Orthodoxy as something special and dear”, said the Rector of the Patriarchal representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Dublin, priest Michael Nasonov.

According to him, there are seven parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Ireland already.

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ARISTÓTELES Y EL PADRE SIMEÓN DE LA JARA DE PERÚ – MARIO VARGAS LLOSA – Spanish

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HIPPIES MET ORTHODOXY

ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY

LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART

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Padre Simeón de la Jara

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Aristóteles y el Padre Simeón de la Jara de Perú

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AMERICA OF MY HEART

La aldea de Ouranoupolis, en el norte de Grecia, está cerca de las ruinas de Stagira, donde nació Aristóteles y, además, es el puerto obligado para quienes peregrinan al vecino Monte Athos, centro espiritual de la Ortodoxia. El hotel donde me alojo lleva el nombre del filósofo que fue preceptor de Alejandro y el encuentro al que asisto se titula: «La tragedia, entonces y ahora: de Aristóteles al tercer milenio». Nada más bajar del autobús que me trajo desde Salónica, zangoloteando entre olivares, cipreses y enjambres de turistas alemanes, me presentan al pope que me había propuesto conocer aunque fuera filtrándome de contrabando en la montaña sagrada de las iglesias orientales: el Padre Simeón.

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Me habló de él hace un par de noches, en Atenas, mi amigo Stavros, mientras cenábamos en una terraza impregnada de aromas, bajo un cielo lleno de estrellas parpadeantes: «Si vas al Monte Athos, tienes que conocerlo. Es un monje-sacerdote, ermitaño, pintor, poeta, místico, reverenciado en toda Grecia, una de las figuras más destacadas de la Iglesia Ortodoxa. Y, cáete de espaldas, el Padre Simeón no es griego sino peruano». Desde entonces, este compatriota no se ha apartado de mi mente ni un solo momento. Y aquí me lo encuentro, entre los congresistas, invitado para hablar de la Poética de Aristóteles, la tradición mística y su propia poesía.

Es un hombre de cincuenta y dos años, de luengas barbas y plateada cabellera, ojos claros y largas manos que mueve al hablar con la misma elegancia con que lleva el imponente hábito que, a su paso, concentra todas las miradas. Es verdad: todos los griegos presentes lo rodean, lo siguen, lo acosan con una curiosidad efusiva a la que él parece consentir no sin dificultad. Es afable, cortés y habla despacio, como luchando contra el aturdimiento que deben producirle tantas voces, tanta gente, tanto trajín, comparados con el silencio y la quietud de la ermita erigida en una ladera cercana al monasterio de Stavronikita, donde ora, medita, escribe y pinta, solo con su fe, desde que en 1987 abandonó su clausura en el monasterio de Agios Grigorios para hacer vida de anacoreta.

Todo es griego en él, salvo su español, limeñísimo a más no poder. Un español muy suavecito, perezoso con las sílabas finales de las palabras, y musicalizado, de alta clase social, procedente de Miraflores o San Isidro, y forjado en un colegio de curas para niños bien: ¿el Santa María o la Inmaculada? Él se ríe: «Frío, frío. Estudié en el Claretiano». Su apellido es de la Jara, una familia que ha dado al Perú juristas y políticos destacados, una célebre promotora de la música criolla y la bohemia, y una pareja, los padres de Simeón, excepcionalmente comprensiva, pues, cuando en los años sesenta, su hijo, alumno destacado en el colegio, les anunció que «para no hacer concesiones al establishment» había decidido no presentarse a los exámenes de fin de año y por lo tanto cerrarse las puertas de una profesión liberal, en vez de hacer un dramón griego, se resignaron. Para entonces, Miguel Ángel, el futuro Padre Simeón, un muchacho rebelde y soñador, se había convertido en el primer peruano. Leía a los surrealistas y a Rimbaud, sobre budismo y taoísmo, y se había dejado el cabello hasta los hombros. Su apariencia indignó a una patota de jóvenes sanisidrinos, que le dio una tremenda paliza, a resultas de la cual estuvo varios días en el hospital, con amnesia. Cuando salió, sus prudentes padres optaron por enviarlo al extranjero.

Estuvo en el swinging London de finales de los sesenta, y después en París, y luego -naturalmente- en la India y en Nepal, haciendo yoga y estudiando budismo e hinduismo, pero no se quedó allí, dice, porque el espectáculo callejero de la miseria multitudinaria y eterna llegó a alterarle el sistema nervioso. Regresó a París, se instaló en el Barrio Latino y estaba aprendiendo chino cuando un buen día, en un restaurancito modesto, lo intrigó un religioso de hábitos ampulosos que comía solo. Era un sacerdote ortodoxo griego, de origen suizo, cuya amistad cambiaría su vida de raíz. «Dios se hizo hombre para que el hombre pudiera ser dios». Dice que esa frase, que escuchó a aquel pope en la primera conversación que celebraron, todavía le resuena en la memoria, treinta años después.

La primera consecuencia de esa nueva amistad fue que Miguel Ángel reemplazó el chino por la hagiografía y se puso a aprender a pintar íconos, en el taller de Leonide Ouspensky, a la vez que empezaba leer a los teólogos y místicos de la Iglesia Ortodoxa. En 1972, luego de un viaje recorriendo iglesias ortodoxas de Serbia y Grecia, se convirtió formalmente y al año siguiente decidió hacerse religioso. Fue aceptado como novicio en el monasterio de Agios Georgios (San Jorge), en la isla de Evia o Euboia, a la que llegó, a sus veintidós años, sin hablar una palabra de griego. Pero me asegura que, a los seis meses, ya podía entenderse con los otros monjes, y que, en todo caso, su maestro de novicios chapurreaba algo de inglés.

El Padre Simeón tiene una manera de contar los episodios de su extraordinaria vida, que, se diría, no hay en ellos nada de insólito ni excepcional, sino una sucesión de ocurrencias de una bostezante banalidad. Cuando yo, malogrado por mi vocación truculenta, le replico que no pudo ser tan fácil ni tan simple, que cambiar de la noche a la mañana de lengua, de régimen de vida, de cultura, de estado, tener que levantarse a medianoche y pronunciar un millar de veces al día el nombre de Jesús y cumplir con las agobiantes jornadas de trabajo físico y espiritual en aquel monasterio en el que fue, por un buen tiempo, un total extranjero, debió costarle esfuerzos y sacrificios desmedidos, dudas atroces, sufrimientos, él niega con la cabeza y adopta una expresión de disculpas, como apenado de decepcionarme. «Fue una experiencia muy hermosa», insiste. «Desde el primer momento en el monasterio, comprendí que había encontrado por fin lo que andaba buscando».

No sólo lo encontró en la religión; también en la cultura y la lengua de Grecia, que se fueron haciendo cuerpo de su espíritu y recreando su personalidad. Cuando, a mediados de los años setenta, toda la comunidad de monjes de Agios Georgios se trasladó al Monte Athos, el Padre Simeón ya leía y hablaba el griego y hasta había empezado a garabatear sus primeros poemas en esa lengua. En los trece años que permaneció en el monasterio de San Gregorio, en el Monte Athos, se ordenó sacerdote, y su trabajo intelectual y teológico debió dejar una huella en su comunidad pues desde 1983 sale de Grecia a dar conferencias sobre la Ortodoxia y el Monte Athos (Una de ellas en la sede de la OTAN!) y en esa década se publican sus primeros ensayos religiosos y sus libros de poemas. El último, Me Imation Melan (Con Manto Negro) contiene, además, reproducciones de sus grabados y pinturas, un arte que había practicado de joven, en Lima, y que retomó al retirarse del monasterio de Agios Georgios en 1987 a la ermita donde hasta ahora vive.

En su conferencia, dicha en griego, y de la que los intérpretes nos dan una versión probablemente muy rudimentaria, el Padre Simeón explica que para él escribir es una manera de vivir más profundamente la naturaleza que lo rodea en la montaña, y otro modo de orar y de encontrar momentánea redención y consuelo, y hace sutiles aproximaciones entre el ejercicio de su vocación y la descripción aristotélica de la catarsis. Son razonamientos que sigo con dificultad, pero quien habla no es un pedante ni un farsante, sino alguien que, a ojos vista, hace denodados esfuerzos para comunicar con total sinceridad una experiencia que, por lo demás, sabe muy bien no es totalmente racionalizable. Es la misma impresión que me da en las charlas que celebramos estos días, paseando por las calles de Ouranoupolis -a las que el turismo ha vuelto idénticas a las de la Costa del Sol o a las de los balnearios de la República Dominicana- o escabulléndonos de los psicoanalistas, filólogos y filósofos del congreso: un hombre sencillo, que no parece medir en toda su dimensión la notable aventura de la que ha sido protagonista. Cuando se lo insinúo, rehuye la respuesta con risueñas evasivas: «Y las aventuras que espero vivir todavía».

Como estuvo cerca de 24 años sin hablar español, de pronto tiene un blanco, una duda lo asalta y se resiste a continuar hasta que, del fondo de la memoria, rescata la palabra perdida. Entonces, se le iluminan los ojos y dilata su cara una sonrisa de alivio. Su vida de monje y de ermitaño no lo ha aislado del siglo: recibe una correspondencia diluviana -le escriben muchos presos, por ejemplo-, numerosas personas lo vienen a visitar, y, cada cierto número de años, obtiene permiso de su comunidad para hacer un largo viaje. El último, por China y Asia del Sur, le llenó la cabeza de imágenes que ha volcado en poemas, pequeños como haikús, y en dibujos. Ahora se dispone a partir a Etiopía, en un largo periplo que lo hará recorrer todo Egipto. Cuando le bromeo que, tal vez, de esa peregrinación resulte que la Iglesia Etíope, de monjes cenicientos maravillosamente enturbantados, gane un nuevo adepto, no se ríe. Se encoge de hombros y, la mirada perdida en una súbita ensoñación, murmura: «Quién sabe».

La verdad es que, pensándolo bien, el Padre Simeón parece una de esas raras excepciones de la especie humana capaz de cambiar de vida todas las veces que haga falta, incluso ahora. Para qué lo haría? Para no apolillarse en la rutina ni convertirse en una estatua; para seguir explorando las infinitas posibilidades del mundo y de la vida hasta el último aliento con esa curiosidad regocijada con la que me interroga sobre todo lo que sé y no sé. Cuando le digo que su historia me recuerda mucho a la de Thomas Merton, el poeta norteamericano que se hizo cartujo y que narró su peripecia en una hermosa autobiografía, me dice que no la ha leído y no parece interesarse mucho por hacerlo. (En efecto, comparada a su propia historia, la de Merton es bastante menos original). Pero sí conoce algunos de sus poemas y su libro sobre los padres del desierto.

Por qué me ha impresionado tanto conocer al Padre Simeón que, cuando nos despedimos, tengo la impresión de separarme de un viejo y querido amigo? Por su rica calidad humana, desde luego. Pero también, sin duda, porque su caso es una ejemplar demostración de la manera como la libertad cabalmente asumida puede emancipar a un ser humano de todos los condicionamientos gregarios -religión, patria, cultura, lengua, costumbres- que, para los ciudadanos del común, funcionan en la práctica como otros tantos campos de concentración, y reemplazarlos por otros, libremente escogidos, de acuerdo a sus deseos y a sus sueños. Siendo agnóstico, las conversiones religiosas me suelen dejar bastante frío. Pero reducir la historia del Padre Simeón a un mero cambio de fe, sería desnaturalizarla. Su historia es la de un desconcertado joven hippy que a fuerza de valentía, sensibilidad y testarudez fue capaz de rechazar todos los destinos que su tiempo, su familia y su país le tenían asignados, y construirse uno a su propia medida y vocación, un destino que lo enriqueció personalmente y que ha enriquecido -¡todavía más¡- a la tierra de Aristóteles.

© Mario Vargas Llosa, 2002.

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CORNELIA REES ET L’ARCHIMANDRITE GABRIEL BUNGE, SUISSE: NOUS DEVONS RETOURNER À NOS RACINES! – French

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FRANCE OF MY HEART

EDELWEISS OF MY HEART

MAYOTTE OF MY HEART

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Cornelia Rees et l’ Archimandrite Gabriel Bunce:

Nous devons retourner à nos racines!

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ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

Il y a une quinzaine d’années, j’ai eu une occasion unique de visiter l’ermitage d’un hiéromoine et théologien catholique dans les montagnes de Suisse. Il était bien connu pour ses écrits sur les saints Pères de l’Église chrétienne, et non moins bien connu (du point de vue occidental moderne), pour son mode de vie monastique inhabituel. Quelque peu familière de l’apparence que les monastères catholiques présentent généralement aujourd’hui, je ne m’attendais pas à me sentir tellement à l’aise comme moniale orthodoxe dans son ermitage catholique. Continue reading CORNELIA REES ET L’ARCHIMANDRITE GABRIEL BUNGE, SUISSE: NOUS DEVONS RETOURNER À NOS RACINES! – French

THE MANE MAN – AN INTERVIEW WITH TROY POLAMALU OF PITTSBURGH STEELERS TEAM, SAMOA & USA – JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

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USA OF MY HEART

AMERICA OF MY HEART

ARIZONA OF MY HEART

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their son Paisios called after Saint Paisios of  Mt. Athos, Greece

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Polamalu was born in Garden Grove, California. He is of Samoan descent.

Troy Aumua Polamalu (born Troy Aumua on April 19, 1981), is a former American football strong safety who played his entire twelve-year career for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and earned consensus All-American honors. He was chosen by the Steelers in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He was a member of two of the Steelers’ Super Bowl championship teams, and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.

Polamalu is married to Theodora Holmes and has two sons: Paisios, born on October 31, 2008, and Ephraim, born September 16, 2010. Theodora is the sister of NFL player and USC Trojans alumnus Alex Holmes.  He resides with his family in Pittsburgh during the football season and San Diego, California during the off-season.

Polamalu is well read in the history and theology of early Christianity, which ultimately led both him and his wife to convert to Orthodox Christianity in 2007. He makes the Sign of the Cross after every play. Among his spiritual activities was a 2007 pilgrimage to Orthodox Christian sites in Greece and Asia Minor. He seldom gives interviews, but when he does, he often speaks of the role his spirituality plays in his life. Polamalu has said that he tries to separate himself from his profession as much as possible, including not watching football games at home. He prays after each play and on the sidelines. His sons are both named after after Saint Paisios of Mt. Athos, Greece (+1994) and his Spiritual Father, Fr. Ephraim of Arizona.

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ARIZONA OF MY HEART

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Articles & videos about St Paisios of Athos (+1994)

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The Mane Man

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

On this sunny So-Cal day, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu graciously postpones his morning workout to ruminate about not just football – but life and what’s most important in it. I narrow our chat to three topics.

By Gina Mazza

Pittsburgh Magazine, August 2009

Football is a given: How was this year’s Super Bowl experience versus XL? Tomlin versus Cowher? Goals for the coming season?
Fatherhood is new in Polamalu’s life since the birth of his son, Paisios, named after a beloved contemporary Greek Orthodox monastic, Elder Paisios, on Oct. 31, 2008. Has daddy-dom been life-changing? Will he encourage his son to play professional sports? How’s that
beautiful new mom doing?

And last but not least: Faith. In order to properly meet Polamalu where he lives, this is the requisite, the grounding force that gives meaning to everything he does, every play he makes. Polamalu’s evident gratitude to the one who made him Continue reading THE MANE MAN – AN INTERVIEW WITH TROY POLAMALU OF PITTSBURGH STEELERS TEAM, SAMOA & USA – JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

WESTERN EUROPEANS IN SEARCH OF TRUTH – THE NATIVITY OF THE MOTHER OF GOD CONVENT, ASTEN, THE NETHERLANDS

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ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY

EDELWEISS OF MY HEART

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At the Nativity of the Mother of God Convent, Asten, the Netherlands

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The Nativity of the Mother of God Convent,

Asten, The Netherlands

Source:

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ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

The sunsets and sunrises in this rural, southern part of Holland emanate mystical shades of effervescent pink, a manifestation which has drawn many an artist to these lowlands. And if one were to search all over Holland, it would be difficult to find a place more suitable for a monastery than this patch of land, an unusual expanse in a densely-populated country. The usual markings of Dutch countryside apply here—lush green fields, fat, shiny, black and white cows, tidy brick farm houses with lace in the windows, canals, and undisturbed horizons. It is quiet, green, and fertile, with a faint wisp of the sea in the air.

Carefully preserved nature, local tradition, cleanliness, all set the European stage for a comfortable, peaceful life. But what is all that without the grace God? Only a landscape, or a still-life. In Asten, however, a roadside chapel in the Continue reading WESTERN EUROPEANS IN SEARCH OF TRUTH – THE NATIVITY OF THE MOTHER OF GOD CONVENT, ASTEN, THE NETHERLANDS

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)

“Am găsit răspunsul abia după ce am ajuns la Ortodoxie” – Parintele Kyrill (Nimai Karthaus) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Un tânăr German convertit la Ortodoxie este călugăr la Mănăstirea Radu Vodă din Bucureşti – ROMANIAN

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ORTHODOXY IS LOVE

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„Am găsit răspunsul abia după ce am ajuns la Ortodoxie“

Parintele Kyrill (Nimai Karthaus)

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Un tânăr German convertit la Ortodoxie este călugăr la Mănăstirea Radu Vodă din Bucureşti

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PAINTING LEAVES

De multe ori, noi, românii, avem nevoie de un suflet convertit la Ortodoxie pentru a ne arăta comoara primită de noi de la strămoşi: credinţa drept-măritoare. Monahul Kyrill de la mănăstirea bucureşteană Radu Vodă este german de origine şi a ajuns „acasă“, în Ortodoxie, după pribegia prin luteranism, catolicism, hinduism sau budism.

Botezat în urmă cu cinci ani în biserica Mănăstirii Radu Vodă, pe când avea 20 de ani, părintele Kyrill povesteşte despre căutările sale spirituale: „Am ajuns în urma unei căutări foarte lungi, începută în tinereţea mea. Copil fiind, am avut setea asta după Dumnezeu, după Adevăr şi am căutat religia adevărată. În toţi acei ani, parcă cineva mi-a ţinut căile respiratorii, dar, în momentul botezului, mi-a luat mâinile de pe gât, trăgând pentru prima dată aer în Continue reading “Am găsit răspunsul abia după ce am ajuns la Ortodoxie” – Parintele Kyrill (Nimai Karthaus) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Un tânăr German convertit la Ortodoxie este călugăr la Mănăstirea Radu Vodă din Bucureşti – ROMANIAN

THE AMERICAN ACTOR JONATHAN JACKSON, HIS CANADIAN WIFE & ACTRESS LISA VULTAGGIO (ITALIAN DESCENT) & THEIR CHILDREN: HOW WE BECAME ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS – INTERVIEW IN “PEMPTOUSIA TV” ╰⊰¸¸.•* VIDEO

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CALIFORNIA OF MY HEART

AMERICA OF MY HEART

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Jonathan Jackson: How I became Orthodox

Holywood actor and singer Jonathan Jackson, recipient of five Emmy Awards, at an interview given in “Pemptousia TV” during his recent visit to the Monastery of Vatopaidi – Mt Athos, speaks about how he became Orthodox!

PELAGIA YU, TAIWAN: TAIWANESE ORTHODOX MISSIONARY’S LETTER TO THE GREEK PEOPLE

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TAIWAN & HONG KONG OF MY HEART

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Taiwanese Orthodox Missionary’s Letter

to the Greek People

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Photo: Pelagia Yu, Taiwan

A letter from the first Taiwanese Orthodox missionary

Pelagia Yu to the Greek people

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EX 2X2 LETTERS FROM GREECE

I am Chinese, born in Taiwan and my Christian name is Pelagia. I was a Protestant Christian, and it took me five years to become Orthodox. I love to read the Holy Bible and have all of its publications in the Chinese language.

I have visited Greece and discovered that it is a truly unique country. While travelling in your country, even before I arrived, on the plane I saw how different in temperament Greek people were, how cheerfully they conversed with each other, how they laughed and how they applauded the pilot after the landing, something unheard of for us Asians, who are more conservative and do not easily display emotion. I learnt after this experience that the expression of freedom requires passion and liveliness.

In Greece, I visited many churches, I participated in the Divine Liturgy, and when I received Holy Communion it reduced me to tears even though I did not understand the Greek language, because the Orthodox faith is the same, no matter what the language.

I would have liked to be born Greek, to have been born Orthodox, to have received Holy Communion and venerated holy icons from my years of infancy right up until my death.

I cry for me and my compatriots, because instead of Holy Communion, we eat and drink food sacrificed to idols.

I would have liked to be born Greek, so my ears may be filled with holy hymns.

I cry for me and my compatriots, whose ears are filled with the noise of sutras and the screeches of those who Continue reading PELAGIA YU, TAIWAN: TAIWANESE ORTHODOX MISSIONARY’S LETTER TO THE GREEK PEOPLE

BJÖRK: PRAYER OF THE HEART (JESUS PRAYER) – COMPOSED BY ORTHODOX BRITISH COMPOSER JOHN TAVENER

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Continue reading BJÖRK: PRAYER OF THE HEART (JESUS PRAYER) – COMPOSED BY ORTHODOX BRITISH COMPOSER JOHN TAVENER

KEITH MASSEY, USA: AN AMERICAN PROTESTANT WAS CONVERTED TO ORTHODOXY

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CALIFORNIA OF MY HEART

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Keith Massey, Wisconsin, USA: 

An American Protestant was converted to Orthodoxy

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AMERICA OF MY HEART

My name is Keith Andrew (Andrei) Massey. I am an American and a convert to the Orthodox Church, who then married a Romanian. I was once a Protestant. In my case, a study and a deeper knowledge of the Bible, in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek I was led to believe that the Protestant Church was not true. In the video above top one to tell you this story. My wife and I spend all summer every year in Romania. I saw at first, as American Protestants and dissenters come in Romania in order to remove the Orthodox of the true faith. These missionaries cite the Bible say things that prove that Church Orthodox is wrong. And operate under the assumption that the Orthodox do not know the Bible at all, and therefore what they say about the Bible will not be challenged. I do not think I want to say that Protestants are bad people. My brother twin is Lutheran pastor and I love him very much. In fact, we had Orthodox Protestants can admire the conviction they have in their faith. But an Orthodox Christian should know the Bible verses that show that, indeed, the Church has faithfully preserved the same beliefs and practices reflected oldest church that produced the Bible. In these pages you can find collections of Bible verses that appear in Church Orthodox. In fact, we, Orthodox Christians should not use the Bible to “prove” Orthodoxy, as do Protestants and sectarians. Church produced the Bible. Church decided which books should be in the Bible andwhich are not. So the Bible is not an authority over the Church. Therefore, do not quote the Bible to “prove” the Orthodox faith. True faith has been preserved, the apostles received from Jesus and then faithfully received and stored in the Orthodox Church to this day. I do not claim to speak for the Church officially. I present these pages Romanian Orthodox Church authorities for approval and correction.

ST HERMAN OF ALASKA, USA – GLORIFICATION OF THE VENERABLE HERMAN OF ALASKA, WONDERWONDER OF ALL AMERICA

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ALASKA OF MY HEART

NATIVE AMERICANS MET ORTHODOXY

AMERICA OF MY HEART

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Glorification of the Venerable Herman of Alaska,

Wonderworker of All America

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OCA – ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA

Venerable Herman of Alaska, Wonderworker of All America. A spiritual mission was organized in 1793, made up of monks of the Valaam Monastery. They were sent to preach the Word of God to the native inhabitants of northwestern America, who only ten years before had come under the sovereignty of Russia. St Herman was among the members of this Mission.

St Herman came from a family of merchants of Serpukhov, a city of the Moscow Diocese. His name before he was tonsured, and his family name are not known. (The monastic name is given when a monk takes his vows). He had a great zeal for piety from youth, and at sixteen he entered monastic life. (This was in 1772, if we assume that Herman was born in 1756, although sometimes 1760 is given as the date of his birth.) First he entered the Trinity-Sergius Hermitage which was located near the Gulf of Finland on the Peterhof Road, about 15 versts (about 10 miles) from St Petersburg.

MIRACULOUS HEALING OF HERMAN

At the St Sergius Hermitage there occurred the following incident to Father Herman. On the right side of his throat under his chin there appeared an abscess. The swelling grew rapidly, disfiguring his face. It became difficult for him to swallow, and the odor was unbearable. In this critical condition Father Herman awaited death. He did not appeal to a Continue reading ST HERMAN OF ALASKA, USA – GLORIFICATION OF THE VENERABLE HERMAN OF ALASKA, WONDERWONDER OF ALL AMERICA

SAINT OLGA MICHAEL OF ALASKA (NOV 8, +1979, ALASKA, USA): A HELPER IN RESTORING THE WORK OF GOD’S HANDS – BY FR. JOHN SHIMCHICK

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ALASKA OF MY HEART

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SAINT OLGA OF ALASKA, USA

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Matushka Olga Michael:

A Helper in Restoring the Work of God’s Hands

By Fr. John Shimchick

Spring/Summer 1997

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Come, O assembly of the Orthodox,

and with love let us praise the holy women, men, and children,
those known to us and those known only to God,
and let us cry out to them:
Rejoice, All Saints of North America, and pray to God for us.

(The Commemoration of All Saints of North America)

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JACOB’S WELL

Saints of North America – known and unknown. While all of the canonized Saints of North America have so far been men, over the past few years an Orthodox woman, native of North America, has slowly become known to more and more people, particularly other Orthodox women.

Matushka Olga Michael, wife of the departed Archpriest Nikolai O. Michael from the village of Kwethluk on the Kuskokwim River in Alaska, as described in Fr. Michael Oleksa’s book, Orthodox Alaska, was neither a “physically impressive or imposing figure.” She raised eight children to maturity, giving birth to several of them without a midwife. While her husband was away taking care of many other parishes, she kept busy raising her family and doing many Continue reading SAINT OLGA MICHAEL OF ALASKA (NOV 8, +1979, ALASKA, USA): A HELPER IN RESTORING THE WORK OF GOD’S HANDS – BY FR. JOHN SHIMCHICK

FATHER SIMEON DE LA JARA FROM PERU: ON A RIGHTEOUS PATH FROM PERU TO MOUNT ATHOS, GREECE

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HIPPIES MET ORTHODOXY

ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY

LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART

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Father Simeon de la Jara from Peru:

On a righteous path from Peru to Mount Athos, Greece

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AMERICA OF MY HEART

When Miguel Angel de la Jara Higgingson was seven, his mother had a vision. She sensed that her son would some day leave her for a “far away place, like an island, there where people of solitude lived who pray all the time and rarely step out into the world”. Even she, however, could probably not have imagined just how far from his native Peru, both physically and spiritually, his life’s search would take him.

Now he is Father Simeon the hermit, an Orthodox Christian monk of Eastern Orthodox Church who lives on Mount Athos, a self-administrating, all-male monastic community on the Athos peninsula – the eastern most of three jutting peninsulas in the northern Greek prefecture of Halkidiki in Greece.

However, it’s not just his Peruvian origins that make Father Simeon such a well-known figure among visitors to Mount Athos; it’s also his radiant presence as an artist, poet and painter that makes him so sought after, especially by the young.

His journey began in 1968, when at the age of 18 he left Peru to discover the world. After travelling through Europe and Asia for over two years – during which time he was exposed to eastern philosophies and religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and yoga – he finally settled in Paris, where he lived for the next three years.

It was in Paris that he first met a Greek Orthodox monk and learned about Orthodoxy, a meeting that was to have a profound effect on him. For the next two and a half years he studied hagiography (icon painting) with Leonide Ouspensky, while his interest in Orthodoxy deepened.

He first visited Greece in 1972, where he accepted the Orthodox faith, before returning to stay in 1973, originally joining the monastery of Agios Georgios (St George) on the large Greek island of Evia. When, in 1974, the entire monastery relocated to Agios Grigorios (St Gregory) on Mount Athos, Simeon followed, living at the Agios Grigorios Monastery until 1987. He subsequently became a hermit, moving to the old hermit’s cell of Timios Stavros near the Stavronikita monastery, where he built a new dependency and formed a complex.

On first meeting Father Simeon, one is struck by his youthful passion and joy – qualities which, as he says, “one cannot hide”. A compassionate listener and gentle speaker, he responds to questions with spontaneity and rigour, without ever becoming dogmatic or distant. Behind his piercing eyes is an inquisitive mind, forever seeking ways to express the love and joy he wants to share with others.

After 24 years in Greece, Father Simeon declares a profound love and admiration for Greek culture and language, saying he prefers writing in Greek to even his native Spanish. To his extensive travels he owes a rich and varied experience, as well as a love of French Surrealism, tatami mats, Japanese food and Chinese art. And to his Peruvian family he owes his love of art.

According to Simeon, it is the need to tap into the inner joy in all things which has led him to art and prayer; that has been the predominant force in his life. Through poetry, paintings, photographs, prayers and lectures he has reached out and tried to touch people’s hearts beyond the borders of the Holy Mount.

He has several published works, including his 1985 lecture “Nifalios Methi” (Sober Drunkenness), the 1983 publication”The Holy Mountain Today” brought out by Alexandria Press in London andthe poetry collection “Simeon Mnema”, published in 1994. A new book of poetry, entitled “Me Imation Melan” (In Black Cloth), is due to be broughtout shortly by Agra Editions in Athens.

An artist in solitude as much as a solitary, a monk, in the midst of art, his poems and his paintings have both the freshness of the “here and now” and the depth of eternity, and are of a striking immediacy and poise. They make one wonder what the difference between the artist and the hermit is – or even if there is one at all.

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THE SOUNT OF DIVINE STEPS IN GHANA & IVORY COAST, AFRICA

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ORTHODOXY IS LOVE

Crater Lake Albertine Rift, Africa - Congo k Uganda

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AFRICA OF MY HEART

Africa… «Faith possible, many wonders . ” We arrived ,” recounts Bishop Panteleimon of Ghana , “after 18 hours journey in the Ivory Coast and said : Now what? … And, when disappointed and we decided to return to Ghana , the phone rings . It was a group of people who for six years was looking the roots of Christianity upon research discoveries to Orthodoxy … their intentions are pure … I decided to baptize them… We went to see the lagoon , where the next day would be a baptism. Full trash (up to 2,5 m from the coast). That will take the oil ? Where are It will be the mystery ? Would like months to clean it up … In the evening windstorm broke… the next morning there was not a debris… after… Blessed with captured heartbreaking pain. I had to go to hospital… I kept… were the first Orthodox Christians”».

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Fr. John Costoff

The Sound of Divine Steps

Publishers, St. John Damascene

Athens 2011

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TRUTH TARGET

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ORTHODOX HEART SMILES

YOGA AND ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY: ARE THEY COMPATIBLE? – DR. CHRISTINE MANGALA, INDIA

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WHAT ABOUT YOGA?

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Yoga and Orthodox Christianity: Are They Compatible?

Dr. Christine Mangala, India

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ANCIENT FAITH

Dr. Christine Mangala was raised in India and brought up a devout Hindu. Her family was close to one of India’s leading Hindu gurus and teachers. Now an Orthodox Christian writer and teacher, she and Illumined Heart host Kevin Allen speak about whether various aspects of Hindu Yoga are compatible with Christian faith and practice, or whether Yoga should be shunned entirely.

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The interview video of Dr. Christine Mangala & Kevin Allen

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Mr. Allen: Welcome to The Illumined Heart on Ancient Faith Radio. As many of you know, we have spoken often on this program about the influence of eastern, non-Christian, spiritual ideas, metaphysics, and worldviews on our culture. And this is the spiritual background I came out of, one which continues to be a subject of interest to me, and, I hope, for some of you as well.

Recently, my parish in southern California has begun to see a trickle of enquirers coming from various eastern traditions, especially those of Hinduism. So I hope our conversation today—Yoga and Orthodox Christianity: Are They Compatible?—will bring light to the Continue reading YOGA AND ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY: ARE THEY COMPATIBLE? – DR. CHRISTINE MANGALA, INDIA

THE NEW FACE OF MAYAN CHRISTIANITY – ORTHODOX HOLY WEEK & EASTER OF MAYANS IN GUATEMALA

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NATIVE AMERICANS MET ORTHODOXY

AMERICA OF MY HEART

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The new face of Mayan Christianity

Orthodox Holy Week & Easter of Mayans in Guatemala

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LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART

Christianity among the Mayan Native Americans is undergoing a dramatic change in places like Guatemala and Southern Mexico. This shifting of religious identity is part of a larger trend that is enveloping much of Latin America.

According to the Pew Research Center report, published in November of 2014, “historical data suggests that for most of the 20th Century, from 1900 through the 1960′s, at least 90% of Latin America’s population was Roman Catholic.” Remarkably, however, in just one lifetime, the Pewsurvey indicates that only “69% of adults across the region identify as Roman Catholic.”

Up until recently, Orthodox Christianity did not play much of a role in this changing landscape. Most of our parishes consisted of immigrant colonies, established mainly to perpetuate the customs, languages  and traditions of their respective ethnic cultures  and mother churches in Europe.

The title of a recent article in the Huffington Post by Carol Kuruvilla, however, announces a major shift in this approach to the church’s mission: “The Greek Orthodox Church In Latin America Is Not Very Greek.” Embracing this change and adapting to this new reality, Archbishop Athenagoras, since his 1996 appointment by Patriarch Bartholomew to shepherd the Central American Church, has reached out to the indigenous people of this vast region, encompassing Mexico, Central America, Columbia, Venezuela, and the Caribbean Islands. Of his 52 active clergy, only 3 are of Greek descent. The enthusiastic reception by His Eminence Athenagoras of many thousands of Mayan Christians into the Orthodox fold has transformed his church into a unity of diverse people, sharing one faith, but speaking many native dialects, as on the day of Pentecost. On a recent visit to the village of Aguacate, he was able to begin Holy Week with the Mayan faithful, who now comprise the  vast majority of his growing flock in Central America.

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Eastern Orthodox Church in Guatemala

Easter 2015

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Archbishop Athenagoras begins Holy Week with his Mayan flock

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The Mayan faithful celebrate Palm Sunday with Palm Crosses in hand

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Archbishop Athenagoras greets his Mayan flock in Aguacate

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Sources:

http://www.thewordfromguatemala.com

THE WORD FROM GUATEMALA

http://www.mayanorthodoxy.com

MAYAN ORTHODOXY

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JESSE BRANDOW: MISSIONARY TO GUATELAMA & MEXIKO

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MAYAN ORTHODOXY – GOOGLE PLUS

https://www.youtube.com/user/mayanorthodoxy

MAYAN ORTHODOXY – YOU TUBE

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FR. SERAPHIM BELL, CALIFORNIA, USA: HOW I BECAME ORTHODOX ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* english & greek video

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CALIFORNIA OF MY HEART

San Francisco Nights

Fr. Seraphim Bell, Californa, USA

How I became Orthodox

(02:30 Fr. Seraphim Bell speaks english)

VON SCHWESTER MATTHAIA OSSWALD, DEUTSCHLAND: DAS LANGE ABENTEUER AUF DER SUCHE NACH DER WAHRHEIT – German

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ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY

EDELWEISS OF MY HEART

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Römischer Katholizismus

Das lange Abenteuer auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit 

Von Schwester Matthaia Osswald

Die Geschichte erzählt, wie eine röm.-kath. Schwester die Fülle der Wahrheit in der orthodoxen Kirche gefunden hat.

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Kindheit und Jugend

Geboren wurde ich 1961 als Kind protestantischer Eltern in einer süddeutschen Kreisstadt. Wir lebten in einem Vorort, der früher ein eigenes Dorf gewesen war und erst später eingemeindet wurde. Dort gab es nur eine einzige röm.-katholische Familie, alle anderen Einwohner waren Protestanten. In der Grundschule war die Tochter dieser Familie eine Klassenkameradin von mir, die ich eigentlich ganz gerne mochte. Ich kann mich noch sehr gut daran erinnern, dass es mir strengstens verboten war, sie zu besuchen, denn mir wurde gesagt, dass es eine Schande für unsere Familie wäre, wenn jemand davon erfahren würde. In späteren Jahren wuchs die Toleranz in dieser Hinsicht. Wenn auch die Mehrzahl der Einwohner protestantisch ist, so gibt es doch mittlerweile auch viele Katholiken und mehrere röm.-kath. Kirchengemeinden in der Stadt.

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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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SAINT PORPHYRIOS OF ATHENS, GREECE (+1991) & THE HIPPIES

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HIPPIES MET ORTHODOXY

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ATHENS OF MY HEART

Saint Porphyrios of Athens & Kafsokalivia, Greece (+1991) once said:

One day a hippie visited me. He was dressed in something colorful, strange clothes, and wore an amulet and jewelery, and he asked to see me. The nuns were worried, so they came and asked me, and I told them to have him enter. As soon as he sat across from me, I could see his soul. He had a good soul, but was wounded which was why he was a revolutionary.

I spoke to him with love and he was moved. “Elder”, he said, “nobody until today has ever spoken to me like this.” I had told him his name, and he was confused as if I knew him. “Well,” I told him, “God revealed your name and that you travelled as far as India where you met a guru and you followed him.” He was in even greater wonder. I told him other things about himself, and he left pleased. The next week he arrived with a group of hippies.

They all gathered together within my cell and sat around me. A girl was also with them. I liked them very much. They were good souls, but wounded. I did not speak to them about Christ, because I saw they weren’t ready to hear of it. I spoke their own language about topics that interested them. When we were finished and they got up to leave, they told me: “Elder, we would like a favor: allow us to kiss your feet.” I was embarrassed, but what could I do, I allowed them. After they gave me a blanket as a gift. I will call for it to be brought, so you can see it. It’s very nice. After a time the girl visited me, the hippie, by herself. They called her Maria.

I saw that Maria was more advanced in her soul than her friends and she was the first I spoke to about Christ. She received my words. She has come other times, and has taken a good path. Maria also told her friends: “Hey naughty children, I would never have imagined that I would come to know Christ through hippie friends.”

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Saint Porphyrios of Athens,

Oropos & Kafsokalivia, Greece (+1991)

On Tuesday, November 27, 2013, the Sacred and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided the formal inclusion in the List of Saints of the Orthodox Church of elder Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia.

Feast Day of Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia: December 2nd.