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BY YOUR OWN WORD I SHALL JUDGE YOU

April 30, 2017

Out of his schismatic mouth, the Saker continues bare-headed to slyly sow confusion and division in the Church of Christ.

Let him be anathema!

WHAT KIND OF GOD WOULD ALLOW THIS?

March 3, 2017

Anthony

Sorry but this article does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to answer the question it poses.

I admit that this is a question that I am really struggling with at the minute which is why I was intrigued to read this article. Think about the 92 souls in the Russian choir who met an untimely death in the plane crash. What was their fault – having a God-given talent and using that talent to bring some joy to the suffering of Syria.

I think about my friend Eric (please pray for him) – a young talented man in his early 30’s, a physician with a young family, hit literally in one night with an incurable brain tumour; completely paralysed. Why? A God-fearing Christian. A good family. And yet SMACK.

So much wrong, and so many innocent suffering. Ultimately answered I guess in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, but still an almost impossible issue to grapple with by us mere mortals.

A Sinner

I think the answer is to be find in the book of Job, 38 – when God speaks to Him through the whirlwind.

I ceased to wear me with your same question some years ago, when I learned of a pious Greek woman, a widow with only one son, a little wonderful boy struck by a malignant tumor which was to require his life. This woman prayed to God to save him, almost in anger, crying (in all truth!) her righteousness and piety. The next day the tumor had literally disappeared, leaving all doctors in amazement. After a few years, this same boy, growed up and ended with bad companies, was killed by police after a violent crime he had just committed.

Indeed, where were we when He stretched out the curtain of the firmament far above the earth like a tent?

The answer is in our faith, that everything works for the good of those who struggle into salvation, the faith of Abraham who did not question when God required his only son, the faith in which all the nation are blessed.

Of course, we can imagine a thousands better ways, always forgetful that this world is fallen just because at the very beginning we thought we knew and could do best than the Almighty.

The answer is in our Lord’s prayer in the Gethsemani, just before suffering the most atrocious and unjust humiliation and death: “Take away this cup from me, but your will be done, not mine”.

The Church was (and is) built by the blood of the Martyrs, upon unjust suffering and excruciable pains.

We are weak, miserable; the snares of this world penetrate so deeply in our flesh that this world is the only thing we are able to conceive, so that the loss of this earthly life appears as the ultimate loss.

As Christians, we know it is not so. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

“Your will be done, but have mercy on the infinite measure of my misery and weakness; do not give me trials I cannot endure”.

YOU NAILED IT!

February 17, 2017

This not a laughing matter. I’m sorry, delegitimizing the press is unAmerican

Indeed! So the question is: “Why the press keeps on doing it?” Because it is unAmerican, rectius – not American?

Damn, Chuck, you nailed it!

THE YEMENI FRONT

February 13, 2017

Envisioning ‘World War III’ as a ‘grand spectacle’ between great powers that ends in nuclear holocaust keeps people in fear and ‘on side’, distracting them from the ugly business of divvying up the planet’s natural (including human) resources, and the real day-to-day horrors this brings to places like Yemen and Libya and Syria. It’s not winner-takes-all ‘world war’; it’s risk-assessed proxy warfare.

WOW

January 30, 2017

President Trump on Monday signed an executive order that would require agencies to revoke two regulations for every new rule they want to issue.

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

January 27, 2017

MARCH FOR LIFE !!!

beautiness

MARCH FOR LIFE !!!

America will be great again only when Americans will stop the sacrifice of their children to the devil, like the Israelites of old did. At that time, they called the devil “Baal”; today they call him “women reproductive rights”.

If they stop these blasphemous, horrific assassinations, then their captivity (where strangers devour their land and enslave the people) also will cease, like for the Israelites of old.

There is hope today for America, much more than for Europe.

FAKE PEOPLE

January 26, 2017

There are people who are willing to crawl so low for some bucks that they become an embarrassment to the very concept of shame!

And I’m not referring necessarily to the “analyst” here.

At 5.43 $ per share Genworth Financial is a steal, yet stealing is too little a shame for someone.

THE FUTURE IN LATVIA?

January 23, 2017

by Mateusz Piskorski

Predictions concerning the upcoming NATO summit in July in Warsaw are beginning to clearly indicate that today the alliance’s goal is first and foremost preventing the emergence of social movements demanding the liberation of Europe from underneath the tutelage of the United States. As can be seen, the Financial Times’ inadvertent uttering of the words of one of the Polish Army’s senior commanders show just what decisions can be expected this summer. These are decisions which completely undermine not only the sovereignty of Warsaw in the field of foreign policy, but also clearly speak to the fact that from this moment on NATO is supposed to be a police force ready to participate in the pacification of eventual social protests or intervene in the affairs of domestic Polish politics.

The actual intensions of the alliance’s latest decisions were revealed honestly and in a frankly military way by Brigade General Krzysztof Krol, the commander of the Multinational Corps Northeast. The issue under consideration was the concept of the so-called NATO spearhead advocated for years by the Americans and longed for by the Polish politicians of both the for-mer and current government. Let us give the floor to the general: “The VJTF (Very High Readiness Joint Task Force) is to deal with Article 4 situations [of the North-Atlantic Treaty] and that is our intention with it.” Article 4 speaks of cooperation and consultation between member states which cannot be described as in article 5 as experiencing armed aggression against any of them, but rather subjective feelings of para-military threats. What kind of situations are we dealing with here? General Krol leaves no doubt: “The plan was developed to react to hybrid threats in our area of operation. Our plans are scaleable to the situation,” he told the Financial Times.

The concept of hybrid war or hybrid actions has blossomed as a definition of the activities of Russia following the Ukrainian revolution of 2014. But what is interesting is that to this day it has not attained any unambiguous academic interpretation and various authors and experts define its scope in different ways. In The Financial Times, however, we read that the NATO spearhead has the right to take action in the case of the destabilization of the international situation in the country triggered by, for example, public protests.

What does this mean in practice? Any internal disturbance could be treated and presented by native as well as American “spearheadologists” as part of the activities vaguely defined as hybrid war. This might lead to the case in which protests against the effects of the TTIP Agreement supported by the Polish state could be treated as “hybrid activities.” Poles’ protests against crimes committed by US Army soldiers stationed in Poland could also turn out to be “hybrid war.” Antoni Macierewicz’s sick imagination could suggest dozens of different theories. After all, the current defense minister is so divorced from common sense that he believes that Radoslaw Sikorski, another pro-American hawk, is actually working for Moscow. Social unrests, protests, strikes, attempts to form information resources independent from the establishment, demanding transparency in the defense and foreign policies of the Polish authorities – all of these could become pretexts for one or another swing into action of advisors from NATO (mainly from the USA), who would provide “brotherly aid” to the Polish units and services subordinated to them. In this situation, all that is left is to hope that officers and officials will not want to stay in an “oral relationship” (the colorful expression of Sikorski) with their American overlords, will remind themselves of the dignity of the Polish uniform, and send all those representatives of foreign interests “concerned about our security” far back across the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, we have been left with one thing: to loudly protest and by all law-abiding means block the realization of NATO’s plans which it will announce in July in Warsaw. It is also worth organizing a social movement for Poland’s exit from this pact as a condition of gaining elementary state sovereignty and a real sense of security.

Translated by Jafe Arnold

ndM – A few days after he wrote this article, on May 18th 2016, Mr. Piskorski has been arrested and is still detained to this very day, without due process. In fact, not even proper charges have been made against him. In short, he has been kidnapped by his own government.

It’s demonocracy, baby!

GREAT IS THE LORD IN HIS SAINTS

January 15, 2017

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

“They will sing Pascha in the summer,” was once said in Sarov. Seventy years passed from the death of the man about whom these words were pronounced, and on July 19, 1903, all of Rus’ resounded with hymns of praise, glorifying God and His saint. Truly, all of Rus’ exalted then as on the Day of Holy Pascha—even more so.

Later terrible days came for Russia, but the memory of St. Seraphim neither died nor weakened. Russian people continue to come to him and glorify him, both in the suffering homeland and throughout the ends of the world where these people are scattered. Even other nations are becoming familiar with St. Seraphim; his Life is being translated into various languages, evoking not only admiration, but also, in many, the striving to apply in their own lives the lessons given to us by St. Seraphim’s life. Thus, despite the changes that have taken place in the world, the memory of St. Seraphim not only does not fade, but it remains a lamp that shines ever brighter to humanity.

It was the same during his earthly life. Cities were being destroyed, kingdoms were being established, Napoleon advanced upon Russia with twelve nations and then left in disgrace, Moscow burned and was again raised from the ashes, Decembrists organized revolts and were then sentenced; but was as if these events did not touch St. Seraphim.

He was wholly occupied with the acquisition of “the one thing needful,” worked on his “spiritual growth”. An “egoist, introverted,” “ignorant, not interested in anything other than what concerned him personally”—that is what many thinkers who do not wish to see even the slightest benefit in the podvig of self-perfection would say about him. So, monk Seraphim dies. It would seem that the image of this elder who so stubbornly fled the world should be erased from people’s memory. But an entire pilgrimage begins to his grave, people who come to him from all ends of Russia receive help, consolation, and edification; and the veneration of him begins to spread even among people of other nations.

In what lies the power of St. Seraphim? What is his podvig? He strove to realize the commandment of Christ: Be ye perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Mt. 5:48). He labored to restore in himself the first-created image of man, corrupted as a consequence of sin.

St. Seraphim reached his goal: he overcame sin and became a saint; he truly became the likeness of God. We cannot see the invisible God. But the Lord gave us to see Himself in those like unto Him, in His saints. And so, one of these likenesses was St. Seraphim. In him we see restored human nature, freed from slavery to sin. He is the incarnate personification of eternal victory over the transitory, sanctity over sin, good over evil.

St. Seraphim calls all by his example to follow the path shown by Christ. He calls us to struggle with sin and our inadequacies, being himself a beacon and lamp for all who seek salvation. St. Seraphim calls us to seek the higher good, spiritual fruits, about which the Apostle Paul said, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts (Gal. 5:22–24).

The path to the Heavenly Kingdom is hard, for sin has taken over human nature and spoiled it. Each of us has our own personal sins. There are also societal sins of which an entire nation is guilty. Thus, the entire Russian nation is guilty of the sin of abandoning the pious life and customs of its ancestors and seeking what is alien to it, not Orthodox; of believing the slander spread about God’s anointed one, and allowing them to first tear off his crown, and then kill the pious Tsar along with his entire family—the Tsar who was the first to fall down before the glorified relics of St. Seraphim. St. Seraphim calls all to repentance and correction of life, both personal and societal. Although this path is hard, the God-pleaser will help us to walk it. St. Seraphim is a beacon and lamp on this path; he is also our aid. By the prayers of Thy saint, our father Seraphim, Lord grant repentance and victory over sin to us sinners, and lead us to Thy Heavenly Kingdom. Amen.

Serbia, 1928

St. John (Maximovich) of Shanghai and San Francisco

LOVE IS THE BEGINNING, LOVE IS THE END

January 4, 2017

Father Dumitru Staniloae – Eternal Memory!