I thought I would upload a fascinating talk given by Israeli-born Miko Peled at the Charles University in Prague on 10 February 2014. His father was a well-respected Israeli General and a staunch Zionist who slowly changed his opinion of the Palestinians with the passage of time. Miko explains the underlying causes of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a way that is easily understood. The content of this video is certainly worth viewing.
Archbishop Alexios of Gaza mopped his brow wearily in the upstairs office of his church, transformed in recent days into a shelter for hundreds of families displaced by the Gaza conflict. His grey clerical robe undone at the neck and damp with … [More]
There are many people outside the Catholic Church who hate the Pope and the Church; but worse still, there are some individuals who call themselves “catholic” who repeatedly attack the Holy Father and Holy Mother Church. For those misguided individuals, I pray and fast on bread and water every Monday under the patronage of Our Lady of Fatima for their conversion; that they may be reconciled with the Holy Father and Holy Mother Church. May the Good Shepherd forgive them for their attacks on His …[More]
¡Viva Cristo Rey! ¡Viva el Papa Francisco! ¡Viva la Santa Madre Iglesia!
Hay mucha gente fuera de la Iglesia Católica que odia al Papa ya la Iglesia; pero lo que es peor, hay algunas personas que se hacen llamar “católicas” que en repetidas ocasiones atacan al Santo Padre y la Santa Madre Iglesia. Por aquellas personas equivocadas, ayuno a pan y agua todos los lunes, y rezo a la advocación de Nuestra Señora de Fátima por su conversión, de manera que puedan reconciliarse con el Santo Padre y la …[More]
“Love cannot triumph unless it becomes the one passion of our life. Without such passion we may produce isolated acts of love; but our life is not really won over or consecrated to an ideal. Until we have a passionate love for our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament we shall accomplish nothing.”
For those who may never have attended an Orthodox Church wedding service, I thought would upload a short video which offers a glimpse of how beautiful an Orthodox wedding can be. The service was filmed in the Orthodox Church of St Andrew the Apostle, Ghent, Belgium. God grant the couple many years.
“What sacrifices we make, let them be sacrifices that transform us. They are not ends in and of themselves. They are tools by which we can become a little closer to God’s image, a little closer to Christ’s life.”
As we are now in the season of Lent, a season of prayer and penance, I thought I would upload a video on the subject of prayer. It takes a particularly gifted speaker to address an audience of teenagers who are experiencing great changes in their lives. The spiritual, emotional, and physical transition from childhood to adulthood is never easy for anyone.
The prayer book referred to by Archimandrite Irenei in his talk is the “Prayer Book of the Holy Trinity Monastery” which uses traditional … [More]
“Besides fasting with your mouth by not eating certain foods, your mouth should also fast from foul language or telling lies about others. For what good is it if you do not eat meat or poultry, and yet you bite and devour your fellow man?”
True fasting is putting away evil deeds. Forgive your neighbor his offences, forgive him his debts. “Do not fast in judgments and fights.” You may not eat meat, but you devour your brother. You may not drink wine, but you do not refrain from offence. You may wait till evening to take food, but you spend the day in places of judgment.
O God, who in your providential design willed that your Church be built upon blessed Peter, whom you set over the other Apostles, look with favour, we pray, on Francis, our Pope and grant that he, whom you have made Peter’s successor, may be for your people a visible source and foundation of unity in faith and of communion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
If I did not have the cultural heritage of being a “RomanCandle”, I would choose to be a “RussianCandle”. Whenever I have the opportunity whether at home or abroad, I like to pop into Orthodox churches to visit my neighbours from the East. My overriding reason for visiting Orthodox churches, particularly Russian Orthodox Churches, is that I like the glory and grandeur of their services and buildings. Some people may not be aware that Orthodox churches have no seating for churchgoers, other than … [More]
Ten piedad por aquellos que hacen del mal porque caminan en la oscuridad y no son capaces de ver el bien que da alegría y felicidad. Recemos por los que atacan la iglesia en la persona del Santo Padre. ¡Viva el Papa!
If you have never had the opportunity to listen to the music of D. Bortniansky, please access this video; you will certainly not regret doing so. This Ukrainian national composed a series of cherubic hymns that are unsurpassed for their spacious composition. His style is unmistakably Ukrainian! You may wonder what exactly is a cherubic hymn? It is the “song of the angels” that is sung in the Divine Liturgy after the Gospel reading to herald the “Great Entrance” (cherubic hymns are not sung on … [More]
Fr Slavko Barbarić was awarded his Doctorate in Religious Pedagogy in 1982, a specialism that made him eminently qualified in the teaching of the faith to children. He was then providentially assigned to the parish of St James in Medjugorje in 1983. Fr Barbarić was skeptical about the visions that were occurring in the area known as Medjugorje, and prudently ensured that the visionaries of Medjugorje were examined by professionals in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and parapsychology. His … [More]