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Sunday, 20 March 2016

20 March 2016. We Know Neither the Time Nor the Hour

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A woman places flowers at the Rostov Oblast representation in Moscow to honour those killed in the recent aircrash. Why do the Fathers counsel remembrance of our death? We know neither the time nor the hour. Remember the victims of the Rostov-on-Don aircrash… four of the 62 victims were children…

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Friday, 22 May 2015

22 May 2015. A Thought from St Dorofei of Gaza

00 Convent of the Iveron Mother of God. Donetsk. ruins. 13.03.15

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Bear this fact in mind… Novorossiya did NOT invade the Lvovshchina and deliberately destroy Uniate churches and Galician civilian neighbourhoods. However, Galician Uniate nationalists DID invade Novorossiya, they DID deliberately target Orthodox churches, convents, and monasteries (as the above image proves), and they DID deliberately target civilian neighbourhoods. Now, we know that their American “advisors” approve of such terrorism, as it’s related to the American indiscriminate use of aerial bombing and drone strikes against civilians. Whom would YOU call guilty? The aggressor or those simply defending their motherland?

Look at this image. They did it deliberately. Galician Uniate nationalism is EVIL. Bear that in mind as you read Western apologias for their putschist pals. I know where I stand… where do YOU stand?

If this is what Galician Uniate nationalists mete out to their fellow-man, their professions of Christianity aren’t only false and mendacious, they’re a mockery and blasphemy…

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

20 May 2015. A Thought from Righteous St Makary the Great of Egypt (+391)

00 st makary of egypt. 20.05.15

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Most of the time, I don’t use the Prayerbook (but I’m NOT condemning those who do). God knows my heart… I do try to pray every day, I AM a Christian, after all. “Lord, do help me”… often, that’s all that I can say with sincerity and fullness. I don’t bullshit anybody… not you… not God. That’s a good habit to get into…

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Monday, 4 March 2013

4 March 2013. A Quote to Live By…

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My boy, don’t you ever forget what I’m going to tell you. You mustn’t study Beethoven’s music. You must reincarnate it.

Anton Grigorevich Rubinshteyn

Russian composer and pianist (1829-94)

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here’s some of Rubinshteyn’s music… it IS Romantic in the Beethovenesque sense, no?

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This has relevance for us as Orthodox Christians today. There are konvertsy running about, telling all and sundry how learned and educated they are. Let’s not put too fine a face on that… it’s utter and unabashed bullshit to the core. They’re trying to tell us that they’re qualified to speak on the Faith without having any real experience in it. We speak of baptism being “enlightenment”… if that’s true, one has to discount all reading, study, and experience prior to reception. It’s an inescapable conclusion… if one was blind, how could one distinguish colour?

These people are fond of gabbling about their prowess in the Fathers. I’d say that the Fathers were Christians who wrote only after long and serious involvement in Orthodox Christianity. The Fathers steeped themselves in prayer and the liturgy so much that it wasn’t only second nature; it was as unconscious as breathing is. None of the konvertsy are at this point… it takes YEARS to acquire such a grounding (don’t forget Paffhausen was a shake n’ bake abbot who only spent one year as a rank n’ file monk… you can see why he failed, and why he failed utterly and without mitigation), and one can’t acquire it on one’s own by reading this-or-that willy-nilly. You MUST “live the life” under obedience to a real spiritual master to even get a glimmer of it (pseudo-gurus such as Gleb Podmoshensky, Aleksandr Schmemann, or Panteleimon Metropoulos don’t count).

You need to incarnate Orthodoxy… and that’s not a task of a day… or of a year or two. That’s why you can’t take anything posted on Monomakhos as credible… they’re all toddlers with shitty nappies who’ve broken into Pop’s muscatel and gotten pie-eyed. I’ll confide… I’m not the only person who feels this way. Think on this for Lent… it’ll be a fruitful meditation; I guarantee you that.

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