Voices from Russia

Sunday, 10 September 2017

10 September 2017. A Thought from Priest-Martyr Roman Medved

______________________________

If you wish more info on R I Medved, click here.

BMD

Advertisements

Monday, 22 August 2016

22 August 2016. What are Martyrs?

00 coptic martyrs of libya 210816

______________________________

The 21 Coptic Martyrs of Libya are true Martyrs in the Church sense. That is, they died precisely because they were Christians and they showed great courage and endurance until the end. The Royal Passionbearers aren’t Martyrs… the Church rejects that. The Imperial Family didn’t die because they were Christians… they died because they were the Imperial Family. Passionbearers are those who suffer an unjust death at the hands of enemies and who show Christian forbearance unto the end. There is no “ranking” involved in being a Martyr or a Passionbearer. They’re equal. However, the terms recognise a difference in the objective reality of how the subject met their death. In the one case, they died because they were Christian. In the other, they met an unjust death in a Christian manner. It’s clear to all but the most pigheaded rightwing apologist that the Imperial Family didn’t die for the Faith… they died as they were representatives of a particular social and political order. To call them Martyrs is to blaspheme Martyrdom and spit on the Church’s Judgement.

Martyrdom is what it is… the Imperial Family aren’t Martyrs (it’s equally true that Lenin didn’t order their deaths… ROCOR rightwing lies to the contrary notwithstanding). Have a care… there are charlatans and poseurs afoot…

BMD

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

26 July 2016. Well Done, Thou Good and Faithful Servant

00 jacques hamel martyr france 270716

______________________________

TO:

His Eminence André Cardinal Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, Chairman of the Bishops’ Conference of France

Your Eminence!

With a sense of deep sorrow, we received the news of the terrible crime in a Catholic church in Rouen… a terakt* during liturgy, which led to a hostage situation and to the killing of Priest Jacques Hamel. This heinous crime occurred in the Holy Place. It was striking in its inhuman cruelty; it violated every moral norm. It doesn’t and can’t have any justification. I express my sincere condolences to you, to the clergy and faithful of the Roman Catholic Church in France, and to the relatives, friends, and spiritual children of the murdered pastor. May God, who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life (Gospel according to St John 3.16), give rest to the soul of His servant in the mansions of heaven, give comfort and support to the victims, and give peace and blessing to the French people.

  • Terakt: Russian acronym for “terrorist action”

With love in the Lord,

00 03.11.12. Patriarch Kirill+KIRILL

Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias

26 July 2016

Patriarchia.ru

MP Official Website

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/4573546.html

******

When a Christian or group of Christians dies because they trust that Christ is the faithful revelation of God and of a new humanity, their death is not like Obi-Wan Kenobi’s last words to Darth Vader, “Strike me down and I’ll become more powerful than you could imagine”. Resurrection isn’t about returning to fight worldly means of power with the powers known to this world. No… as the Body of Christ, our death is like the death of Jesus, a great humility accepted voluntarily for the life of the world… with all kinds of conflicting human emotions. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”… even friends that at the moment look a lot like enemies. Our hope (and our vindication) isn’t in a resurrection that makes us more powerful than our temporal enemies, but a resurrection to eternal life… a great victory for ALL persons over the enemies of all whom God has made in His image, all whom God cherishes… every last human-being. Those enemies are sin, famine, disease, pestilence, sword, decay, calamities, death, and the Accuser. If we’re in Christ, our enemies are no longer our human brothers and sisters.

26 July 2016

Kenneth Tanner

Facebook

******

A witness of Christ, Fr Jacques Hamel, martyr. Pray for his soul, his witness, for Christians throughout the world suffering persecution.

26 July 2016

Seán Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap

Archbishop of Boston (Roman Catholic)

Twitter

Editor:

You can say what you will about Cardinal Seán… he walks the walk when it comes to aiding the poor and needy (a good Orthodox analogue would be Bishop Panteleimon Shatov). This Sunday, light a candle when you go to liturgy and say a private prayer for the repose of Fr Jacques… priests can say a private prayer as they do the Proskomidi. The canons allow this. We’re Christians… that’s what we do.

Look at HH… he shows us the way. ‘Nuff said…

BMD

Sunday, 17 April 2016

17 April 2016. It’s Been a Year Since the Fascists Murdered O A Buzina

00 oles buzina 160416

______________________________

It’s been a year since fascist terrorists killed O A Buzina. He had every chance to flee to Russia or the People’s Republics, but he stood his ground in Kiev… he paid the price in full. The Uniates killed Oles Alekseyevich, but they couldn’t kill his legacy or spirit. I wrote this a year ago at the time of his murder. Sadly, it hasn’t gotten better, but worse:

I’ve often stated that the junta-misruled Ukraine has slipped into lawless anarchy. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT REALLY GOES ON THERE. Let me repeat that. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT REALLY GOES ON THERE. I can’t be too strong about that. Why are so many opponents of the junta ending up dead? Damned if I know… no one else knows more than I do, either. The Ukraine has slipped into a crazy Ayn Rand Libertarian hell. If you want to know what Libertarianism leads to, look at what’s happening in the Ukraine. THIS IS WHAT THE US REPUBLICAN PARTY LUSTS FOR… A LAWLESS AND NIHILISTIC ANTI-STATE WHERE NOTHING IS ILLEGAL OR PUNISHABLE, SAVE BY PRIVATE VIOLENCE, RAPINE, AND CRUELTY. No one is going to bring the murderers of opposition lawyers, journalists, and politicians to justice.

Note well that the so-called “Ukrainian Orthodox” and “Ukrainian Catholics” cheer on this nihilistic charade. “The Ukraine for Ukrainians Only!” “Knife the Moskals (Russians)!” They applaud that. It does have its real-world ramifications. If you scream to knife Russians, I’d say that if people start dropping dead, it proves that such people are evil and beyond all redemption. That’s why I’d slip the noose around the necks of Poroshenko, Yatsenyuk, Avakov, Turdchinov, Yushchenko, Denisenko, and Shevchuk and trip the trap with no emotion. Yes… it’s sinful… but the alternative is worse. The Church normally teaches against the death penalty, and I accept that. However, there are rare exceptions, and those who call for the murder of thousands based on their nationality are certainly such exceptions.

I’d hang them all, go to confession, and be absolved knowing that what I’d done wasn’t praiseworthy, but it was necessary. Our fallen world is like that.

BMD

Next Page »

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.