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Last Men Standing

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As a former Roman Catholic, I used to always view the Orthodox with a kind of annoyance at what I termed their “crankiness”, their “stubborn nature.” I used to say to myself in frustration, “if they would only stop being so thorny towards us, maybe we could have unity” (this was a justification for myself really, as I was supremely drawn to the Orthodox Chur[...]

The Sacrifice of Nicola Yanney

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I have always felt that only God truly knows who the saints are until He chooses to reveal them to us, but how does this happen? One way that this happens is through local veneration, which attracts the attention of the regional church. It is my hope that Fr. Nicola Yanney of Nebraska will soon be glorified in this manner. I have a very close relationship[...]

The Point of a Monk

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"They wandered about in sheepkins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented - of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth" (Heb. 11:38-39). The idea that the life of a monk is useless is not uncommon amongst Christians of today. The seeds of such thought can be found in Blessed Augustin[...]

An American Saint Faces the Communists

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Bishop Barnabas (Varnava Nastich), was born in Gary, Indiana in 1914. In the nine years he lived there, he gained an outstanding appreciation for our love of freedom. Eventually, he moved to Serbia, from where his parents had come. In Serbia, St. Barnabas worked diligently against the Communists regime and was eventually brought to trial in spite of his posi[...]

GENERATIONS AND TRUTH

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Generations I can barely count how many times I have muttered to myself about the generations of kids and early twenty-somethings, "These kids don't care about anything. They're zombies, zoned-out, beyond apathetic." But why is this? What has happened to this generation of kids, and why have they demonstrated the apathy and idleness that they are so often[...]

On Spiritual Healing and Legalism

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Many of us come to Orthodoxy broken and wounded - having lived in the world as prodigals outside of the house of God, we indulged in all kinds of sin, went down any and every dead-end searching for something that would point to some kind of meaning. In Orthodoxy we find the healing for these scars and wounds that we have accumulated. Christ the Saviour sa[...]

Beginnings

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"Restless soul this place will never be your home, and if you wanna have it all, you've gotta let it all go." Modern Life Is War, The Outsiders It's taken me an honest while to see certain things; hopefully one day the picture will be even clearer. Anyways, my name's Ephraim, and I'm a college kid that lives about twenty minutes south of Memphis, Tenne[...]

Leave the Vanity of This World

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The other day, I found these sobering words from St. Feofil, Hieroschemamonk of the Kiev-Caves Lavra. I was completely struck. I wish to share with all readers these same words that affected me so much. May they be a preservation against falling into the vain things of this world, and a sure guide along the narrow path. "Leave the vanity of this world for[...]

Arriving at the Last True Rebellion

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 "...Escape from brainwashed minds and pollution. Leave the earth to all its sin and hate, find another world where freedom waits..." -Black Sabbath, Into the Void I was born into brokenness. I have never known the type of family you read about in books or see in movies. My parents were both very young and separated before I took my first breath of air.[...]

From Revolution to Restoration

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When I was quite young, my mother abandoned my younger sister, kid brother and I for a life of Drug Addiction, and just a few years later my father began his new life with his second wife and her children.  Being so young, I could understand very little of what was transpiring, but I did know that I was living in a broken home. The burden of three little one[...]