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January 23rd, 2015

But what then can we do with our essential aloneness which so often breaks into our consciousness as the experience of a desperate sense of loneliness? What does it mean to say that neither friendship nor love, neither marriage nor community can take that loneliness away? Sometimes illusions are more livable than realities, and why not follow our desire to cry out in loneliness and search for someone whom we […]

Seeing with Saint Seraphim’s Eyes »

January 22nd, 2015

By Nicholas Papas “My friend, both of us at this moment are in the Spirit, you and I.” These pinnacle words from the historic conversation between Nikolay Motovilov and Saint Seraphim of Sarov express a concept awash in my mind as I tend to the care of my granddaughter. Reactions are numerous, animated, heartfelt and frequent when people see my granddaughter. If I am alone, the reaction is not the […]

FOUR ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN LESSONS FROM MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (Part III) »

January 21st, 2015

By Andrew F. Estocin Law #4: Faith is a Thermostat, Not a Thermometer: In the same way that a thermostat sets the temperature in given room, Orthodox Christianity changes our society and is not a mere indicator (or thermometer) of popular culture. Letter from Birmingham Jail is not just a call for social action, it is also a critique of Christianity and that includes our own Orthodox Christian witness today. […]

FOUR ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN LESSONS FROM MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (Part II) »

January 20th, 2015

By Andrew F. Estocin Law #2: Being Legal Does Not Mean Being Right: “Never forget that everything Hitler Did in Germany was legal.” This warning from Letter from Birmingham Jail points to the tradition of natural law. Natural Law is an integral part of Orthodox Christianity and the thought of Martin Luther King. What is natural law? It is the teaching that just laws participate in and reflect the law […]

FOUR ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN LESSONS FROM MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (Part I) »

January 19th, 2015

By Andrew F. Estocin “Our Church has never hesitated to fight, when it felt it must, for the rights of mankind….there are times when we must risk everything, including life itself, for those basic American ideals of freedom, justice, and equality, without which this land cannot survive. Our hope and prayer, then, is that we may be given strength to let God know by our acts and deeds, and not […]

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