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Category Archives: Essays

The ‘latest’ from roman-catholics…

Let us try to summarize the main points of the very recent talk given by a guest-speaker, a ‘theologian’ of this new world, to a large bunch of people working under the roman-catholic ‘supervision’. The briefing of each important part of this talk will be followed immediately by corrections in this article, so the reader

Keep your mind on Hades and despair not

“If someone is teaching you outside of the things which the Holy Church received from the Holy Apostles, Fathers and Synods and preserved up till now, do not listen to him…, close your ears.” (St. John Damascene) “The positive teaching of the Church serves to know whether a concept is from the Truth. This is

On Democracy

We thought writing down a few thoughts on this subject may be helpful in these times of great confusion. So much has been written on democracy and how it it is the perfect system of governance that we think a few clarifications are necessary. By definition a democracy is a set of principles, based on

Central Banking, Fiat Money and Orthodoxy

One important question the world has always striven to answer has been: “how should society be organized here in this fallen world, what is the best model to structure it”? From an Orthodox point of view the answer is simple: according to Divine Law and in such a way that man can still find his

Evolution – The Fake Truth

This essay was written in Oct 2013 by a 9th grade student named A. K. Everything We Know Is a Lie There is no proof for evolution! It has to be believed, therefore it’s a faith, and therefore it’s a religion! So they’re teaching a new compulsory religion in today’s hallowed halls of higher learning.

Have a party !

The type of distraction giving some rest to workers (slaves?), very common now in all lands, has an infantile profile, especially NOT from a political correctness standpoint. Such events have also warming-up outcomes for many people, but the calculated ‘timing’ itself is just dangerous to the soul, if not transparently demonic! On the other hand,

About the un-Orthodox Lesson of the Day

About the un-Orthodox Lesson of the Day Let us try to look at a few ‘backgrounds’, as found in modern education, today. Primarily, we have large common areas fitted with big windows, colourful surfaces almost everywhere and the very ordinary geometrical shapes of the furniture where the numerous wireless devices are worshiped by all. Spying

Spying and Lying

We all know that there are two types of deeds, the good ones and the evil ones. In any of the events of helping a neighbour to open a blocked gate or not helping somebody who is to collapse in front of a moving vehicle, God forbid, one has to decide why a given action

The Feast of the Dormition

The grave and death could not hold the Mother of God, who is sleepless in her intercessions and an unchanging hope in her mediations. For as the Mother of Life she was transferred to life by Him Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb. (Kontakion for the Feast) The last of the twelve great feasts in

In Memoriam – Dumitru Bordeianu (16 Aug 2002)

DUMITRU BORDEIANU 15/28 August 1921 – 3/16 August 2002 A Warrior of Christ It is worth to note that badia Dumitru knew Fr Iustin Parvu personally who he met in the communist prisons. Fr Iustin Parvu had a special place at the Petru Voda monastery where he kept badia’s picture, some earth from his grave

“For the Love of this World”?

The number of dramatic events in the world, with many deaths, increased so much in the last years that there is not one single day without such episodes… All mechanisms, machines, tools, factories and vehicles started to malfunction or rather to ‘disobey’ to the level of explosions and destructions with horrible consequences. In the same

Calligraphy and Freedom

The Calligraphy class, that is the learning of writing beautifully from early years of schooling, disappeared and have been replaced by the typing lessons. A few years ago, a colleague told us that he was so happy when coming across with news that the handwriting will be fully replaced by typewriting in schools, very soon.

“If you are not in business, why do you advertise?”

A well known protestant preacher, who is in jail today, a man otherwise close to Orthodoxy through the many heartfelt presentations and debates that he made in regards to Creation and by refuting Evolution, said once this particular utterance: “If you are not in business, why do you advertise?”. He was referring to a girl

The Mirror of this World

We observe that the number of the shiny materials around increased by the day, so to speak. The Narcissistic growth of the world society into this display did not start a long time ago. Dear friend, just look around and say what you see! Very often, our own image would be seen, reflected by myriads

How Does Orthodoxy Differ From the Western Denominations?

By Metropolitan Anthony of Kiev and Galich Our note: The world will never understand a divine faith, one that is not of this world, but is rather blindly following a popular pope or is more interested in “social conscience”, which is all of this world. The West is not even worldly-wise enough to satisfy even

The Enlightened Zealot

The servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle unto all” (II St. Timothy 2:24) Our pious lay brethren in Christ would do well to pay particular attention to the question of zeal. The holy Fathers say that the person who is not possessed by genuine zeal in Christ “never arrives at peace

What is The Asperger Syndrome? (or the ‘sicknesses’ of Orthodoxy)

According to individual remarks and also, to even more solid investigations, the sickness found in each of us was used and is continually used for pecuniary purposes, by giant corporations dealing in the pharmaceutical industry, developing medical and ‘health’ policies. In regards to ‘mental sickness’ the number of tricks used by the bosses of this

The ‘evolution’ of butterfly

With so much tumult in the world and so many ‘issues’ on the news bulletins, we have no more time for ourselves or time to care for things near us. We forgot to enjoy looking at a sunrise and we forgot to look outside the screen of the television set! Many little creatures around have

The Orthodox World-View (by Blessed Seraphim Rose of Platina)

The Orthodox World-View Before beginning my talk, a word or two on why it is important to have an Orthodox world-view, and why it is more difficult to build one today than in past centuries. In past centuries—for example, in 19th century Russia—the Orthodox world-view was an important part of Orthodox life and was supported

Mass Media

Any rational human being who is not so much attracted to the irrationality of drugs, pornography and other sinful deeds must be able to see the extent of manipulation found in the media, across the whole earth. To identify the defects of international media, one just needs to think of the connotation of these two

Repentance – by St. Ephraim the Syrian

Come, my dearly beloved; come my Fathers and Brothers, the flock chosen of God, soldiers of Christ sealed in your foreheads. Come, My sons,attend to this discourse designed to promote the salvation of your souls. Come and let us communicate while this solemn time and happy opportunity of communicating lasts. Come, let us lay hold

On trans-humanism and nano-technology …

This article explains some aspects of the much talked about coming technological revolution (or google-zeitgeist). We live in a world which is to go off: each individual or every normal group of people from any dwelling place of a town, land, country or continent is feeling this thing, while we speak. Whether or not one

Teaching on the Divine Services of the Orthodox Church

by Archpriest Alexander Rudakov Published in 1890 in Saint Petersburg Introductory Concepts § 1. Understanding of the Divine Services. The Divine Services of the Orthodox Church are comprised of all those prayers and sacred rites, through which Orthodox Christians convey to God their feelings of faith, hope and love, and by means of which they

The importance of preserving the Church calendar

By the Ever-Memorable Archbishop Averky of Jordanville ACCORDING to an ancient precept of our Holy Church, which derives from the Apostolic times themselves, on the Monday after the Sunday of All Saints, which follows that of Pentecost, a fast begins, which bears the name the Apostles’ Fast, or St Peter’s Fast, because it serves as

The Fall of Man, Entropy and the Virus

The World created by our Lord God was so different from what we have now. Through our Forefathers’ Fall, everything changed, completely. The Unity that the world once had was destroyed. That World had a spiritual and material harmony that no one could experience today. To some extent, a Blessed Person or a Saint could