ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY
LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART
Group of Roman Catholics in Argentina convert to Orthodoxy on 2016
Parroquias Ortodoxas en Argentina
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Arquidiócesis de Buenos Aires y toda la República Argentina
de la Iglesia Católica Apostólica Ortodoxa de Antioquía
WASHINGTON OF MY HEART
Le Prêtre et la touriste Américaine
Hiérimoine Tryphon, Washington, É.-U.A.
ORTHODOXIE À LA RÉUNION
Une femme protestante de Tacoma (état de Washington), était en vacances avec son mari dans la ville grecque d’Athènes. Chaque jour, elle se rendait dans un petit café près de l’hôtel pour prendre son café et regardait les habitants passer. L’un de ces habitants était un prêtre orthodoxe qui passait près du café en allant à son église paroissiale. La femme souriait et le prêtre hochait la tête, souriait et continuait son chemin.
Un jour, ce prêtre grec, qui parlait anglais, remarqua que la femme américaine avait un regard triste sur son visage et il s’approcha de sa table et demanda si quelque chose la troublait. Elle éclata en sanglots et raconta au prêtre les problèmes médicaux de son mari, et qu’elle craignait pour le pire. Le prêtre s’est assis avec elle et a prié pour elle et son mari. Chaque jour, il s’arrêtait pour s’asseoir à sa table, priant pour le rétablissement de son mari.
Quelques semaines se sont passées et le mari a récupéré de sa maladie et est revenu aux États-Unis avec sa femme. Le souvenir de la compassion de ce prêtre pour une femme étrangère est resté dans sa mémoire toutes ces nombreuses années. Elle a partagé ce souvenir avec son médecin, qui est un de mes amis, et je partage (N.d.T c’est-à-dire l’hieromoine Tryphon) ce souvenir avec vous.
Quel véritable disciple et serviteur du Seigneur était ce prêtre généreux ! Puissions-nous, comme ce prêtre, être à l’écoute de ceux qui en ont besoin et que le Seigneur nous met sur nos chemins . Puissions-nous avec des cœurs ouverts toucher et apporter la guérison à ceux qui souffrent, leur faire savoir que nous nous soucions pour eux et qu’ils ont un ami pendant leur temps de chagrin, de besoin et de désespoir.
Avec l’amour en Christ,
https://www.facebook.com/Abbot-Tryphon-1395030584153681/ (post du 27 juin 2017 )
USA OF MY HEART
ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY
EDELWEISS OF MY HEART
Jim Forest, USA & the Netherlands
JIM & NANCY FOREST
I am sometimes asked how the son of atheist parents ended up not only a Christian but a member of the Orthodox Church.
In fact it wasn’t so big a leap as it sounds. For starters my parents weren’t people for whom atheism was a religion unto itself. Their atheism seemed to mainly to do with being on the Left. Their real interest was in the down-and-out — people who were being treated like beasts, underpaid or jobless, trapped in slums, without health care, etc. When I was growing up, they were both Communists. It was part of Marxist dogma that there was no god. For them it was not so much a question of agreeing with that tenet of Marxism as not disagreeing. In fact both of them had been shaped and inspired by their religious roots. Mother was a Methodist Communist, my father a Catholic Communist. Mother’s parents, both devout Methodists, raised their children to take Christianity seriously, and with an eye to its social implications. Dad, a Continue reading “Becoming Orthodox – Jim Forest, USA & the Netherlands”
CANADA OF MY HEART
Answering Main Street Canada
JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY
We offer you an article written by Fr. Geoffrey Korz, Managing Editor of Orthodox Canada and the Dean of All Saints of North America Orthodox Church in Hamilton ON, Canada.
Some years ago, I had the pleasure of dining in Toronto’s “Greek Town” with a sister in Christ, a Greek grandmother who had been around the Church all her life, and who was a true realist. As we walked through the warm summer streets, surrounded by mobs of young people – many of them Greek, and presumably Orthodox Christians – my friend let out an audible exclamation.
“Look at them, Father – they don’t even know what an Orthodox priest is! Why aren’t they at Church?! They should be ashamed of themselves!”
Of course hearing this, all these young people heard the voice of their own yia-yia, or grandmother, confronting them with their own lack of piety, spiritual observance, and Continue reading “Answering Main Street Canada”
USA OF MY HEART
Ancient Faith Radio:
Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai & San Francisco (+1966)
This brightly-shining Saint of our own day was born in Russia in 1896. In 1921 his family fled the Russian Revolution to Serbia, where he became a monk and was ordained a priest. From the time of his entry into monastic life he adopted a severely ascetical way of life: for the rest of his life he never slept in a bed, sleeping only briefly in a chair or prostrated before the icons. He ate one meal a day, in the evening. Teaching seminarians in Serbia, he instructed them each day to devote six hours to divine services, six hours to prayer (not including the divine services!), six hours to good works, and six hours to rest (these six hours obviously included eating and bathing as well as sleeping). Whether his seminarians followed his counsels we do not know, but he himself not only followed but exceeded them.
In 1934 he was made Bishop of Shanghai (in the Russian Church Abroad), where he served not only the Russian émigré community but a number of native Chinese Orthodox; from time to time he served the Divine Liturgy in Chinese. When the Communists took power in China, he laboured tirelessly to evacuate his flock to safety, first to the Philippines, then to various western countries including the United States. He served as Bishop in Paris and Brussels, then, in 1962 was made Archbishop of San Francisco. Throughout his life as monk and hierarch he was revered (and sometimes condemned) for his ascetical labours and unceasing intercessions. During his life and ever since, numerous miraculous healings of all manner of afflictions have been accomplished through his prayers.
Once, in Shanghai, a caretaker, investigating strange noises in the cathedral after midnight, discovered Bishop John standing in the belltower, looking down on the city and praying for the people. Years later, when he visited Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York, the priest responsible for hosting him found the saint walking through the halls of the monastery, standing outside the door of each room and praying for the monk or seminarian sleeping within. When the Archbishop had prayed outside each room, he returned to the beginning of his circuit and began praying again; and so he spent the entire night
Even as Archbishop, he lived in near-absolute poverty. His appearance was striking: His cassock was made of blue Chinese “peasant cloth,” crudely decorated with crosses stitched by orphans who had been in his care in Shanghai. His Bishop’s “miter” was often a cloth cap to which he had glued paper icons. Even in the United States, even while serving the Divine Liturgy (which he did every day), he went barefoot in all seasons. (Eventually, after he was hospitalized with an infected foot, his Metropolitan ordered him to wear shoes; thereafter, he wore sandals). Needless to say, he was an embarrassment to those who like their bishops to make a more worldly appearance, but among his various flocks throughout the world, there were always those who recognized him as a Saint in his own lifetime.
Following his repose in 1966, a steady stream of healings and other miracles was accomplished through his intercessions, and in 1996 he was glorified as a Saint of the Church. His incorrupt and wonder-working relics can be venerated at his cathedral in San Francisco. At St John’s funeral, the eulogist told his mourners (and all of us): because Archbishop John was able to live the spirituality of the Orthodox Church so fully, even in modern, western, urban society, we are without excuse
Footnote: An acquaintance of Monk John once met him on a train in Serbia. When asked his destination, Monk John replied, “I’m going to straighten out a mistake. I’ve gotten a letter meant for some other John whom they intend to make a bishop.” The same person met him again on his return journey and asked if he had been able to resolve his problem. John answered, “The mistake is much worse than I thought: they did make me a bishop.”
(From Ancient Faith Radio)
ARIZONA OF MY HEART
The conversion of a fanatical Jew woman
who wanted to kill Elder Ephraim of Arizona, USA
Everyone knows the high spiritual status of Elder Ephraim of Arizona, USA. A fanatical Jew woman wanted to do evil to the Elder years ago. So, dressed as a pious Christian with long clothes and headcovering, she went to see the Elder. His subordinates told her she could not see him and tried other days. After days we allowed her to see him. She had hidden a knife in her clothes to kill him, and she was suddenly surprised when she saw him standing upright and cried Elder! She saw him flying in the air at a poached stand! She tells her, drop the knife and I’ll come down to talk. The monastery guards came in and disarmed her. Finally the woman repented and believed and was baptized. The Holiness of the Elder appeared once again.
Spiritual Trips in Holy Mountain and Holy Land
CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY
Η θαυμαστή μεταστροφή
μίας Εβραίας που προσπάθησε να δολοφονήσει τον
Γέροντα Εφραίμ της Αριζόνα των ΗΠΑ
Όλοι γνωρίζουν την υψηλή πνευματική κατάσταση του Γέροντος Εφραιμ της Αριζόνα. Μια γυναικά φανατική Ἑβραία ήθελε να κάνει κακό στον Γέροντα πριν χρόνια. Ντυμένη λοιπόν σαν ευσεβέστατη Χριστιανή με μακριά ρούχα και μαντίλι πήγε να δει τον Γέροντα.
Οι υποτακτικοί του της είπαν δεν μπορεί να τον δει και επιχείρησε και άλλες μερες. Μετα από μέρες της επιτρέψαμε να τον δει.
Είχε κρύψει ένα μαχαίρι μέσα στα ρούχα της για να τον σκοτώσει και μπαίνοντας μέσα ξαφνιάστηκε όταν τον είδε να είναι σε όρθια στάση ψηλά και φώναξε: “Γέροντα!”.
Τον είδε να ίπταται στον αέρα σε στάση ευλογιάς!
Της λέει άσε το μαχαίρι και θα κατέβω να μιλήσουμε. Μπήκαν μέσα κ οι υποτακτικοί και την αφόπλισαν. Τελικά η γυναίκα μετανόησε και πίστεψε και βαπτίστηκε.
Η αγιότητα του Γέροντα φάνηκε άλλη μια φορά.
Spiritual Trips in Holy Mountain and Holy Land