Voices from Russia

Friday, 20 October 2017

20 October 2017. Monastics and Clergy are Real People First, Last, and Always

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I’ve never put clergy on a pedestal. Firstly, there are too many rum sorts in riassas. “You have to respect me because I’m a priest”… yadda, yadda, yadda. These men are the greatest recruiters for atheistic secularism that I know. They make Christ’s Church look like a cheapjack personality cult (or an Anti-Christian Evangelical conventicle).

Secondly, clergy and monastics are real people. They aren’t special. They don’t have anything that the rest of us don’t have. They have the same feelings and urges that the rest of us do. They’re as capable of friendship as any of us are (and of hate, too). Unfortunately, too many people only see the riassa. They don’t see the real person in the riassa! They think that they have to be “religious” with clergy and monastics. That’s absolute bullshit and hooey. Be REAL with clergy and monastics. That’s showing them real respect. Interact with them as people. Don’t make them into something that they’re not. You’ll find that decent clergy and monastics will thank you for that. As for the rest, what need I say? Ignore them, for the most part, and oppose them if you must.

Remember… real people EARN real respect. Anyone who “demands” it is rather dubious (some men are in the clergy because they know that they couldn’t do as well in the secular world). Have a care. There be rum sorts afoot…

BMD

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

13 October 2015. REAL Monks are JOYFUL…

00 A Real Monk... Vladimir Davydenko. The Joy of Life. 2006

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If you hear of a “Monastic” putting on a long face and making a public show of their asceticism… they’re NOT real monastics. REAL monastics are EUCHARISTIC people… full of thanks for all the real things that God has given us. Even a babe can tell the difference… do note well that the konvertsy can’t do it… what does that tell you about them?

BMD

Saturday, 23 February 2013

23 February 2013. Вечная память… Mother Theodora of the Holy Transfiguration Convent Died on Friday

00 Requiescat in Pace. 19.11.12

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On Friday, Mother Theodora, who had been in poor health for a very long time, died at age 65 in upstate New York. She’d been a member of the sisterhood at Holy Transfiguration Convent in Pennsylvania. Light a candle in her memory at liturgy tomorrow. Ask your priest to mention her name at Proskomidi and to say Pannikhida for her… that’s what we do as Christians.

Вечная память!

BMD

 

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