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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Paffso’s Old Monastery to Face Wrecking Ball

00 point reyes monastery. 20.09.14

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An anonymous developer wants to tear down the remnants of an old monastery in Inverness Park CA to build six new structures, totalling 8,300 square feet of building area. The 17-acre parcel near the start of Drakes Summit had been the home of St Eugene’s Hermitage, a Christian community that lived in cramped cottages, made candles, and whispered prayers in a small white chapel since 1951. The monks departed in 2006 after repeated attempts to expand provoked neighbours’ ire, leaving the property unoccupied and littered with fir needles for the past several years. The new owners, Hidden Dragon, LLC, submitted designs to county planners last month to demolish the four existing structures and build a 5,494-square-foot two-story home, a second 750-square-foot residence for the caretakers, a 1,316-square-foot detached studio for art or writing, two garages, a lap pool, and a “meditation hut”. They also plan to install two septic systems, two 5,000-gallon water tanks, a 1,000-gallon propane tank, and four parking spaces for guests. They want to remove four dozen Douglas-fir, California bay, coast live oak, and madrone trees, 31 of which have protected status due to their size; they’d replant 28 California live oak big leaf maple and buckeye trees.

The Inverness Association’s design review committee will look at the application over the coming weeks, said Bridger Mitchell, the group’s vice president. The Community Development Agency is accepting comments on the application’s completeness and the project’s merits until next Friday, 12 September. Designed by Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects, whose other residences the New York Times described as “ruggedly elegant” and “uncomplicated” in form, the primary residence is a steel and concrete structure with a painted metal roof. Its walls would feature an aged-wood siding to match the dense forest around the home, and its rooms look out onto the landscape through large windows. Architect Steve Grim said that his design intends to be a transition between the meadow and the forest on the parcel, a mediation “between those two experiences while being in and of both”. It utilises a pavilion structure to reduce bulk and keep a low visual profile from the street. Inspired by the J B Blunk house, Mr Grim said that the design means to be “sustainable, healthy, and visually unobtrusive”.

Chris Stanton, who represents the titleholders through his San Rafael CA-based firm, Inverness Construction Management, wouldn’t disclose the names behind the limited liability corporation. According to the California Secretary of State’s records, the agent behind the LLC is Whitney Rugg, who lives in a luxury Presidio Landmark apartment recently remodelled from a dilapidated graffiti-painted hospital in San Francisco. The home will be their secondary residence for now, but the owners plan to retire here, Mr Stanton said (a young couple with a child who previously lived in West Marin will be the property’s stewards and live fulltime in the second cottage). In that sense, the property is returning to its oldest use… Inverness began as a hideaway, or a hermitage, if you will, for those in “the Establishment”, as historian Jack Mason wrote in Earthquake Bay. During the summer, “bankers, doctors, and judges from San Francisco and the Valley cities, and academicians from the Berkeley scene” retreated to their Inverness houses, which “reflected taste and affluence that set the town apart from the jerry-built summer colonies elsewhere in the county”.

James Cobb, who worked in the insurance business and lived in Berkeley with his wife and five children, built the first house on the parcel, which appears to still be standing, in 1920. During the summer town’s heyday… between the building of a horse-and-wagon stageline to Point Reyes Station in 1905 and the downturn after the Great Depression that bankrupted the hotels… the house was a vacation home, presumably, or even a rental. A later owner, Maria Lurie of San Francisco, gifted the property to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1951. She named it St Eugene’s as a memorial to her son Eugene Lurie, an infantryman killed on the last day of World War II only hours before the declaration of peace.

The first inhabitant, Rev Dimitri Egoroff, built two small cottages… one with a chapel suitable for one person to occupy and another with a kitchen and reception area for guests. In a 1956 sermon, Fr Dmitri recounted, “In the California forest, on the small hill on which the monastery stands, an air of detachment from one’s surroundings, which were somewhere down below, wafted. The place reminded one of something Athonite (a holy mountain in Greece with twenty Orthodox monasteries) and breathed an untroubled peace”. Under vows of poverty, chastity, and solitude, Fr Dmitri lived alone, praying the morning matins and the nightly even-song until his health began to decline after 18 years. At each sunset, his chanting, “Thou makes darkness and it is night”, echoed through the forest accompanied by floating trails of incense.

After the founder left, several monks trickled in and out until a group of nuns moved from Calistoga in 1983. They resumed a years-long project to build a small chapel suitable for services. Completed in 1988, they built it around the cupola from the belltower of Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco, where the young Mr Lurie had been a member of the congregation before his death. A relic with a piece of a saint’s toe and painted icons of Jesus surrounded the walls, all lit by beeswax candles on silver bases. When the nuns could no longer care for the property and moved to Santa Rosa, the Monastery of St John took over operations in 1996. They continued to make candles in a rusting shipping container and pray in regular devotions, but the growing organisation of about a dozen monks needed to expand beyond the original dwellings, intended for one or two people, and had since fallen into disrepair due to crude construction and an infestation of black mould after years in fog. The monks’ plans faced continual rejection… “stymied by Marin County officialdom”… and eventually, fed up, they dismantled their small chapel, loaded it onto the back of a flatbed truck, and carried it off with them north to Manton, a remote town in Tehama County, in 2008.

Mr Stanton said the new owners, like the holy men before them, have “concerns” about how their plans will be received, saying, “I wouldn’t equate it with the chapel, a residence, and having 30 people at the site, but you know, it’s West Marin, and so we plan to see some objections raised”. One wonders how the men and women in black robes would react to seeing their cottages bulldozed, how the monks who renounced this world to instead plead daily for repentance would feel observing the new owners towel off from the pool and retreat into their own meditation hut. In his 1956 sermon, Fr Dmitri gave his own arguments justifying a “small, modest, secluded” life. He preached, “A person in the world becomes accustomed to the world and starts to live by its interests, but we know that everything in the world is temporary and swiftly passing. As for man, his days are as the grass… as a flower of the field, so shall he blossom forth. For when the wind is passed over it, then it shall be gone, and no longer will it know the place thereof”.

4 September 2014

Christopher Peak

Point Reyes (CA) Light

http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/proposed-inverness-park-home-would-raze-historic-retreat

Saturday, 6 September 2014

6 September 2014. Tonight in Gorlice… Vespers at the Relics of St Maksim Sandovich

00 vespers in gorlice at relics of st maksim. 05.09.14

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The Uniates constantly scream, “We’re Orthodox in union with Rome”… that’s hooey in the First Degree. To be “Orthodox in Union with Rome” they’d have to have icons of St Mark of Ephesus, St Germogen of Moscow, St Maksim Sandovich, and St Aleksei Kabalyuk in their churches set out for veneration… they don’t and they won’t, as they kiss the naked bum of the Roman Curia. Keep your distance especially from Galician Uniates, the UGKTs (“Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church”)… they’re the worst of the lot for they bless the murders of the junta as they blessed the murders of the Nazis, as they blessed the oppressions of the Poles and Habsburgs. The Uniates do NOT honour St Maksim’s podvig for Church UNITY. The Uniates honour the memory of his oppressors. I CALL THAT UNMITIGATED EVIL.

In these evil days when Orthodox in the “Ukraine” hang on the cross, mainly through the efforts of Galician Uniates, for us to have anything at all to do with the UGKTs, its institutions, or its clergy and hierarchy is nothing short of crackbrained and mad. Notice who does so… especially notice those like Vassa Larina who’re traitors for filthy lucre’s sake (she sold out to Bob Taft, and he got her a job in Vienna). Note well that the official websites of the OCA and the ROCOR didn’t mark the anniversary of St Maksim’s martyrdom, nor did they note the fact that OCA and ROCOR clergy went to Poland to take part in the commemoration. Is kissing the ass of the Uniates so important to the OCA/ROCOR First Families (SVS is the worst of the lot)? Our co-religionists hang on the cross… all that they can talk about is Bart’s bootless statement on environmentalism or a molieben to mark the beginning of the school year. I’d call that culpable and without excuse. In times of peril for the Church… indeed, our days are such… those who willingly seek out and initiate contact with the enemies of Christ’s Church are without defence. I’d say, “Look at the good trees… look at the bad trees. There are more of them than simply Potapov, Paffhausen, and Webster… note well who schmoozes up to Uniates and who defends them”. Yes, do have a care… the times are evil and some of the most evil actors on the stage are Orthodox clergy. As St John Chrysostom put it, “Bad priests are the lampstands of Hell”.

Have a care… there be cowpats in that there field…

BMD

Friday, 5 September 2014

5 September 2014. This Weekend is the 100th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of St Maksim Sandovich, the Protomartyr of the Lemkovshchina

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The anniversary celebration for St Maksim Sandovich, the Protomartyr of the Lemkovshchina is this weekend… is your parish going to honour him?

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This weekend is the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of St Maksim Sandovich, murdered by the Habsburg filth at the beginning of World War I, with the collusion of the Uniates. The Uniates rant, “We’re Orthodox in union with Rome”. NO! You aren’t… not until you have icons of St Maksim in your churches, you aren’t! The Uniate hierarchy and clergy lie. They don’t honour St Maksim’s podvig, they spit on the crucifixion of the Rusin Russophiles at Talerhof, they venerate the memory of the murderer S A Bandera… all of which means that they’re NOT Orthodox at all. The veneration of St Maksim amongst Orthodox is widespread… especially, amongst the po-nashemu people. The ordinary people REVERE St Maksim. The filthy pseudo-intellectuals at SVS won’t honour him… neither will the “ecumaniacs”. They’re so much BETTER than we are!

You can stand with the ordinary people who love St Maksim or you can stand with the phony pseudo-intellectuals who kiss the bum of the Uniates and the Roman Curia… Paffhausen was one of those, dontcha know. You must honour the podvig of St Maksim and St Germogen of Moscow, or you aren’t Orthodox at heart, and that’s that. Is your parish going to honour St Maksim this weekend? It’ll tell you much if it doesn’t…

BMD

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

2 September 2014. A Point from My Correspondence…

00 kramatorsk. yuliya izotova. uniate victim. 06.05.14

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I wrote this to a friend:

X and I have corresponded, and we’re friends! I keep all my friends under wraps… it drives the plug-uglies CRAZY. They always guess wrong on my informants (Tosi and Potapov are particularly chowderheaded in this… Paffso’s worse, but he’s out of power). Y’ never know what EVIL lurks in the hearts of men (generic, of course… and ironic… satiric… laughing… not serious). Remember, the real Church is a BIG TENT. If you find people pushing “me n’ thee, and me n’ thee only”, they ain’t Orthodox. I have a lot of Pravoslavny contacts on the other side (one in Podkarpatskaya keeps me up on things… they can’t find out much because of the Gestapo-like control of the junta… the UGKTs pigs tried to take over their parish lately, but the people threw ‘em out… that’s all too common today).

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That’s all me… what my interlocutor said was personal, so, we ain’t goin’ there!

Spare a thought and prayer for the suffering canonical Orthodox people of the so-called “Ukraine”… it’s worse than the Nasty 90s… back then, the commies stood tall for the Church and the Komsomoltsy defended the churches from Uniate and schismatical slimers paid by Langley. Today, the commies are underground… the Anglo Americans show themselves ever more the true enemy of Christ’s Church (the “Evangelicals” are the worst of the lot). Sadly, in the 90s, the ROCOR helped the Americans knife the Ukraine in the back… some of those who did so haven’t repented… they’re still amongst us, a Fifth Column of the Godless West (but they had to do it, don’t you see… they had homes in the Maryland burbs to pay for).

Our co-religionists hang on the cross! You wouldn’t know it to look at the main official websites. In the liturgy, we’re supposed to pray “for the Christ-loving forces, that God may subdue their every adversary”. This goes double for a situation where Uniates deliberately target Orthodox churches and monasteries for destruction, and target Orthodox clergy for death. The Church in the Ukraine is undergoing worse persecution that than handed out by the Reds… so-called “Christians” are carrying it out! Note the silence of our hierarchy… the silence of our official Church… the traitorous mixing with Uniates and “Ukrainian Orthodox”. The dead of Novorossiya will accuse these bastards on the Last Day… it’s rather too much of a muchness, isn’t it? It’s “1612” and they go off to schmooze with Uniates and other enemies of the Church. None dare call it evil…

St Germogen the Confessor or Iosafat the Apostate… which do YOU venerate? That IS the choice…

BMD

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