Issues 13-24

What Saint John Taught Me...

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By an Orthodox Subdeacon From Issue 16 This article was written by a subdeacon who had the blessing of serving with Saint John as a child as well as having the Saint as a family friend and mentor. These are his reflections, looking back at the greatest things Saint John revealed to him about the spiritual life. I look down from my perch in the choir lof[...]

The Mystery of God's Judgements

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By Elder Paisios of Mount Athos (1994) Printed in Issue 19 Father Paisios told us the following story, wishing to give us an example of the way God looks after His children, while many times we get angry at Him and do not understand His actions: An ascetic was praying to God asking Him to reveal why the righteous and pious people are miserable and s[...]

The Sisters of Mercy

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Printed in Issue #22 On the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus, lies a haven for the sick and suffering. This is the Convent of Saint Elizabeth, a source of joy for those who lay on hospital beds, those abandoned by parents, and those suffering from many other illnesses of both soul and body. In this country once run by godless communists, with millions of it's [...]

Two Deaths

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Written by Sophocles Printed in Issue 22 Every so often it happens to me that my past love of Punk Rock is renewed and brought back up to the surface when happening to chance upon a link on YouTube or on Facebook or any other site I may happen to be on of some band I used to like and listen to. I don't happen to be looking for it but when I chance upon i[...]

Saint Feofil of the Kiev Caves

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From Issue #23 Here we re-print the life of a lover of truth that has become known as the Patron of lost things. Today, more than a hundred years after his death, he finds us, the lost ones, from the life he attained beyond the grave, pulls us out of the dark mire of our society and truly shows us what it is mean to be dead to the world. In Octob[...]

The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas

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By Magnus Printed in Issue 24 I’m an Orthodox Christian living in Homer, Alaska and experienced Jesus Christ in the Himalayas, in India. I listen to the heartbeat of rain outside... Cold, Alaskan fog blowing in off the bay, emerald hills now that autumn is here and summer chased away into the mountains. But a milky white fog spreads over the bay li[...]

Death Is Unnatural

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+Saint Nikolai Velimirovic Originally printed in Issue 18. Death is not natural; rather it is unnatural. And death is not from nature; rather it is against nature. All of nature cries out: “I do not know death! I do not wish death! I am afraid of death! I strive against death!” Death is an uninvited stranger to nature. All of nature bristle[...]

In Spirit and Truth (Issue 13)

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A Homily by Archpriest Micheal Reagan Originally published in Issue 13, 2006 In Spirit and Truth To the woman at the well in John 4, Jesus said that “the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship[...]