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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

A Ortodoxia – Em Fé Ortodoxa – Bispo Alexander ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Portuguese

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PORTUGAL OF MY HEART

ROMAN CATHOLICS OF MY HEART

LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART

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A Ortodoxia

 Em Fé Ortodoxa – Bispo Alexander

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EM FÉ ORTODOXA – BISPO ALEXANDER

É a autêntica religião cristã pregada pelo Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, transmitida pelos Apóstolos aos seus sucessores e aos fiéis e preservada zelosamente na sua pureza pela Igreja Ortodoxa através dos séculos.

É a doutrina certa e justa, compreendida, sem reduções nem acréscimos, nas Sagradas Escrituras, na Tradição e nos Sete Concílios Ecuménicos.

É a doutrina ensinada e pregada pela Igreja Ortodoxa para glorificar a Deus e salvar as Continue reading A Ortodoxia – Em Fé Ortodoxa – Bispo Alexander ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Portuguese

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

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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)

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

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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

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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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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SAN PAISIOS DEL MONTE ATHOS, GRECIA (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* ITALIAN

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San Paisios del Monte Athos, Grecia (+1994)

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San Paisios del Monte Athos (Farassa, 25 luglio 1924 – Souroti, 12 luglio 1994), particolarmente venerato in Grecia per la sua semplicità e le sue doti non comuni, è stato monaco del Monte Athos.

Vita

L’anziano Paisios del Monte Athos fu una notevole figura carismatica. Si chiamava Arsénios Eznepìdis e nacque a Farassa (in Cappadocia, oggi Feke nell’odierna Turchia) nel luglio del 1924. Il neonato Paisios, fu battezzato dal parroco del paese, un sacerdote monaco con fama di santità, Arsenio il Cappadoce. Gli diede il proprio nome. Dopo un poco la famiglia di padre Paisios, il parroco e tutto il paese lasciarono la turchia ed emigrarono in Grecia. Si stabilirono nell’isola di Corfù nella quale sant’Arsenio morì poco dopo. Da Corfù passarono a Igoumentista e da questa a Kontitsa. La loro grande povertà impedì al piccolo Arsenio di fare studi superiori. Già da piccolo si nota in lui una spiccata religiosità: amava isolarsi in preghiera nel bosco nel quale, racconta, aver avuto una visione di Cristo.

Terminato il suo servizio militare come marconista, nel 1950 spinto dal desiderio di divenire monaco si reca nel Monte Athos. Entra come novizio nel monastero di Esphigmenou. In seguito riceve il nome di postulante: Avérkios. Il 12 marzo 1956 lascia il monastero di Esphigmenou ed entra in quello di Philotheou, ed è qui che, pochi mesi dopo, prende la tonsura monastica col nome di Paisios. Il monaco aveva ardente desiderio di fare vita quasi eremitica, vivendo nel deserto dell’Athos ma ne fu impedito: “Una sera, mentre mi preparavo per partire per il deserto, improvvisamente mi aveva bloccato sul mio sgabello una forza invisibile. Quest’effetto duro per due ore. Pregavo versando lacrime quando sentii una voce: ‘Non andrai nel deserto, ma a Konitsa, dove ti aspettano gli uomini’. Dopodiché fui liberato. Dio mi mandava nel mondo”. Dall’agosto del 1958 padre Paisios sta nel monastero di Stomio, a Konitsa. Il 30 settembre 1962 padre Paisios lascia questo monastero, invitato dal vescovo-igumeno del Continue reading SAN PAISIOS DEL MONTE ATHOS, GRECIA (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* ITALIAN

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

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EDELWEISS OF MY HEART

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Père Gabriel Bunge, Suisse

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Cornelia Rees et l’ Archimandrite Gabriel Bunce:

Nous devons retourner à nos racines!

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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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Photos: Troy Polamalu, his wife Theodora &

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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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

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT CHRISTIAN ORTHODOXY – JOHN BEHR, USA

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The Shocking Truth about Christian Orthodoxy

John Behr, USA

Fr. John Behr takes on those who dismiss Jesus Christ on “historical grounds,” by explaining how historicism itself is problematic and, indeed, heretical. The alternative to historicism as our mode of interpretation, he explains, is Christ on the cross as the foundation of all our knowledge and interpretation.

The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr is the Dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, N.Y., where he is also Professor of Patristics, teaching courses in patristics, dogmatics, and Scriptural exegesis. He also teaches at Fordham University, where he is the Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics.

This lecture was delivered as part of the annual Augustine College Weston Lecture series on March 23rd, 2012.

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Fr. John Behr is the Dean of St Vladimir’s Seminary and Professor of Patristics, teaching courses in patristics, dogmatics and scriptural exegesis at the seminary, and also at Fordham University, where he is the Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics.

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ST VLADIMIR’S ORTHODOX THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

NEW YORK

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St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York) is one of three institutions of professional theological education in the Orthodox Church in America. The other two schools are St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Canaan, Pennsylvania) and St. Herman’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (Kodiak, Alaska).

IF A ROMAN CATHOLIC OR A PROTESTANT WANTS TO CONVERT TO ORTHODOXY (EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH), WHAT ARE THE STEPS? – Q&A IN “SIMPLY ORTHODOX”

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HEART QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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If a Roman Catholic or a Protestant wants to convert to

Orthodoxy (Eastern Orthodox Church), what are the steps?

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Questions & Answers

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Hello,

The best is first to be willing to spend the time to really understand the commonalities and differences between Roman Catholicism or Protestantism and Orthodoxy (Eastern Orthodox Church).

In most cases, a person begins the process of conversion by speaking with a local Orthodox priest, who gives instructions (or catechism) on the teachings and beliefs of the Orthodox Church. These beliefs and doctrines have continued unchanged for over 2000 years, since the time of Jesus and the Twelve Apostles. This process of catechism could take many months. Once you have learned about the faith and teachings of the church, you would then be ready to be baptized as a member of the Orthodox Church, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (ie. the Holy Trinity). Baptism is by triple immersion in water. At the same time, you would be Chrismated, which means receiving the Holy Oil and the Holy Spirit.

Thanks for your message! If you need anything, I am here 🙂

I thank God that the truth of the Orthodox Church is being revealed to all over the world!!!

PS. Some very useful sites are:

http://simplyorthodox.tumblr.com – SIMPLY ORTHODOX

http://romancatholicsmetorthodoxy.wordpress.com – ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY

http://gkiouzelis.wordpress.com – ORTHODOX HEART SITES

http://journeytoorthodoxy.com – JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

“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!

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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Photos: Fr. Simeon de la Jara

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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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ORTHODOXY IS LOVE

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

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ORTHODOXY IS LOVE

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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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Ivory Coast

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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

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

https://www.facebook.com/jessebrandow

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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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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