Voices from Russia

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Orthodoxy is About Christ… NOT Religion

01zl Faces of a Religious Procession

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Orthodoxy isn’t a religion, but a way of life centred in Jesus Christ. Orthodoxy, as a way of life, has the cure to what ails us and can return us to that state of wholeness that was God’s original intent for mankind. Because Orthodoxy isn’t about religion, it can offer the transformation of the heart that comes with entering into a relationship with our Creator. This transformation begins with repentance, that moment when we decide to return to that pure state of communion with God, for which He created us. When we renounce ourselves, we become a different person through the action of God’s grace. Where we became corrupt because of the fall, repentance returns us to that state for which God created us.

Igumen Tryphon Parsons

Sunday, 12 June 2016

12 June 2016. A Point to Ponder…

00 Have Mercy on Me O God. 08.03

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If the Gospel’s about anything, it’s about a God who meets us where we are, not where we ought to be.

Fr Robert Farrar Capon

Reflect on this whenever you hear loudmouth clergy issue thunderous claptrap from the ambo in re “purity” and “right conduct”… I’d say that the Church is right to offer oikonomia and that the “pure” are wrong in their akrivia. They want to “protect” the Church… I’d counter by saying that Our Lord Christ preferred the company of whores and tax-farmers to the company of priests and “religious”… do ponder that… moreover, do ponder who called for His death!

BMD

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

8 June 2016. Here’s MY Christ!

00 Art Young. Jesus wanted poster. He stirreth up the people. 1913

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Christianity is the Faith of the Publican… of Nikodim the Tax Collector… of Mariya Magdalene the Whore… not of the Pharisee… not of Caiaphas the Priest.. not of Pilate the Bureaucrat… think on that… here’s Art Young’s classic “wanted poster” of Jesus… here’s MY Christ! My Christ is the Christ who called “Scribes and Pharisees” (the Respectable and Religious) hypocrites… the Christ Who outed the “religious” of His day as phonies who laid burden upon burden upon people, lifting not a finger to help anyone. If your Christianity isn’t a scandal in some way to the Religious and Respectable, why, you have no real Faith at all… do think on that one, kids.

I stand with HH, who calls the Free Market a fraud… who stands with his friends no matter what (note well that he stands with Comrade Fidel, NOT Trump the Chump or Chilly Hilly)… who remembers the homeless on his birthday… who stands for economic justice, not an empty moralistic materialism (as one finds amongst the rightwing and “Evangelicals”). Our leader does his best to incarnate Christianity in our modern world… yes, Virginia, there are real Christians out there, and some are even clergy (mirabile dictu!)…

BMD

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

30 June 2015. The Kingdom of God is Within You

00 Viktor Olkhovsky. Aurora Borealis in Leningrad Oblast 1. gospel of luke. 300615

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