Category Archives: FRANCE

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

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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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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.

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VIDEO: “AVE MARIA” TO SAINT MARIA SKOBTSOVA OF PARIS – SHE SAVED JEWS & MARTYRED IN GERMANY (MARCH 31, +1945)

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VIDEOS OF MY HEART

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“Ave Maria” to Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris

March 31, +1945

March 31, 1945 in Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany was killed the nun St Maria Skobtsova of Paris, the woman with a heart full of love. It is believed that Mother Maria’s last act was to take the place of a Jewish woman who was being sent to death in the gas chambers, voluntarily dying in her place.

Today I sing “Ave Maria” in memory of this beautiful and courageous woman.

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

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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…

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LINK: TRIP IN VIEW – VIEW MEDITERRANEAN IN 600,000 PHOTOS & 250 HOURS OF VIDEO FROM A HELICOPTER – GREECE, FRANCE, MALTA, SPAIN, ITALY, MONACO

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COUNTRIES OF MY HEART

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Trip in View

View Mediterranean in 600,000 photos & 250 hours of video from a helicopter

GREECE, FRANCE, MALTA, SPAIN, ITALY, MONACO

Témoignage Français moines Orthodoxes (vidéo français et grec)

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Témoignage Français moines Orthodoxes

(français et grec)

LIEN: MONASTERE DE LA TRANSFIGURATION – FRANCE

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Monastere de la Transfiguration

France de mon cœur

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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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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PAINTING LEAVES

LINK: PHOTOS ORTHODOXES – TOUS LES PAYS ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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