As children of Mary, let us learn to love. If we hate anything, let it be our own sinfulness and selfishness. As Christians, we are called to be icons of Christ. Do others see the love and light of Christ in us? Or do they only see the hatred and darkness of Hell? If we hate we choose the land of the eternal night, if we love we choose the land of the eternal light.
In keeping with Jewish custom, betrothal of Jewish girls occurred between the ages of 12 to 18. In all likelihood, Mary was betrothed at the age of 15. The legal ages for marriage were 12 for a girl and 13 for a boy. Palestinian children married very young.
It is the month of Ramadan and the perfect time to circulate a video featuring the eloquent testimony of an 11-year old Muslim girl speaking about the plight of Yemeni child brides. Not unsurprisingly the video of Nada al-Ahdal has gone viral, and has recently been uploaded on this website by two forum members (Miscelánea / ChristusDeus).
When I see any video with the “imprimatur” of MEMRI, I know I am going to view a video that will portray Muslims in a wholly negative manner. MEMRI presents … [More]
“Better a stupid and unlettered brother who, working the good things he knows, merits life in Heaven than one who though being distinguished for his learning in the Scriptures, or even holding the place of a doctor, lacks the bread of love.”
My third and final video, featuring Archimandrite Irenei, addresses the subject of mission. His thoughts on the nature of mission are a challenge to all Christians to consider what impact their lives are having on those souls they encounter. The small wooden church featured in the leading photograph of the video is the Church of the Holy Trinity, Antarctica. In conclusion, I would like to dedicate the three talks given by Archimandrite Irenei to the memory of Ivan Tkachenko whose life was … [More]
I thought I would upload a video on the “sacrament of the heart” for priests & laity alike. This short talk will encourage those who do not regularly frequent the sacrament to reconsider their approach to this wonderful sacrament. May our hearts be renewed by this sacrament.
“God is a fire that warms and kindles the heart and inward parts. Hence, if we feel in our hearts the cold which comes from the devil - for the devil is cold - let us call on the Lord. He will come to warm our hearts with perfect love, not only for Him but also for our neighbour, and the cold of him who hates the good will flee before the heat of His countenance.”
When I have the opportunity, I like listening to the words of various Russian Orthodox priests. There is one priest amongst those priests who is outstanding in his clarity of thought, and that priest goes by the title and name of Archimandrite Irenei. Please take time out to listen to this priest’s thoughts on the “mystery of the priesthood”.
I thought I would upload a beautiful icon of “Our Lady of Tenderness” from the Moscow school of iconographers as I like the serene quality of this icon. How does our heavenly mother approach her children? Always with gentleness and tenderness. Our Blessed Mother may at times speak hard words to her children, but never harsh words. I particularly like seeing the crossed hands over the heart, aflame with love. This icon recalls the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Slavonic … [More]
I have always loved listening to Orthodox music, especially Russian Orthodox music. My favourite choir is the Moscow Sretensky Monastery choir - they are one of Russia’s national treasures! Interestingly, the grand and graceful compositions of Grigory Lovovsky were greatly influenced by Renaissance composers such as Palestrina. The Lenten hymn “Now the Powers of Heaven” is sung as the “presanctified gifts” are brought to the altar, and the hymn’s words are as follows: “Now the Powers of Heaven i …[More]
There are many icons and paintings of Jesus that I personally like seeing and praying before. My favourite depiction of Jesus is by the little known German painter Georg Cornicelius. This painting goes by the title, “Christ tempted by Satan / Christus wird vom Satan versucht”. Georg Cornicelius was primarily a landscape artist, and this shows in his depiction of Jesus, particularly in the depth of the eyes of Jesus. The eyes of Jesus look into the very soul. Sadly, this extraordinary painting … [More]