"Does the endless goodness of the Son of God astonish you? Know that the All-Holy Spirit is equally anxious for the salvation of mankind; He is equally meek, gentle, long-suffering, and altogether merciful. The Holy Spirit is one of the three equal Persons of the Holy Trinity, which constitute, without confusion and without division, the unique Divine Being, three Persons in one nature.

Yet sin attracts the Holy Spirit to man! The sin which was seen by man but not committed, which he recognized and deplored - that kind of sin attracts Him! The more man contemplates his sin and the more he laments over himself, the more pleasing and accessible he is to the Holy Spirit, who like a physician approaches only those who recognize themselves as being ill. On the other hand He turns away from those who are rich in vain self-conceit. Look upon your sin, and search it out. Do not turn your eyes away from it. Deny yourself, do not over-value your soul. Give yourself up entirely to contemplation of your sin, and weep over it. Then in due time you will become conscious of your re-creation through the incomprehensible and inexplicable action of the Holy Spirit. He will come to you when you expect Him not. He will act in you when you have recognized yourself as quite unworthy of Him."
— Saint Theophan the Recluse (via the-violent-take-it-by-force)


goandannouce:

November 2nd 2013

goandannouce:

November 2nd 2013


hallahwallah:

In the midst of a conflict rife with sectarianism, a giant bronze statue of Jesus has gone up on Cherubim Mountain in Saydnaya, Syria. The second largest Jesus statue is a symbol of hope and peace, not only in Syria, but also in the whole Middle East. Jesus stands, arms outstretched, overlooking a route pilgrims took from Constantinople to Jerusalem in ancient times. The statue is 12.3 meters (40 feet) tall and stands on a base that brings its height to 32 meters (105 feet), organizers of the project estimate.

That the statue made it to Syria and went up without incident on Oct. 14 is remarkable. The project took eight years and was set back by the civil war that followed the March 2011 uprising against President Bashar Assad. Christians and other minorities are all targets in the conflict, and the statue’s safety is by no means guaranteed. It stands among villages where some fighters, linked to al-Qaida, have little sympathy for Christians.

The project, called “I Have Come to Save the World,” is run by the London-based St. Paul and St. George Foundation, which Samir Al-Ghadban directs. Al-Ghadban said he began the project in 2005, hoping the statue would be an inspiration for Syria’s Christians. He said he was inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s towering Christ the Redeemer statue. He commissioned an Armenian sculptor, but progress was slow. By 2012, the statue was ready, but Syria was aflame, causing the project’s biggest delay.

Churches have been vandalized, priests abducted. Last month the extremists overran Maaloula, a Christian-majority town so old that some of its people still speak a language from Jesus’ time. On Tuesday a militant Muslim cleric, Sheik Omar al-Gharba, posted a YouTube video of himself smashing a blue-and-white statue of the Virgin Mary. Al-Ghadban and the project’s most important backer, Gavrilov, weighed canceling it. They consulted Syria’s Greek Orthodox Patriarch John Yaziji. They began shipping the statue from Armenia to Lebanon. Eventually the statue reached Syria. “It was a miracle. Nobody who participated in this expected this to succeed,” said Al Ghadban.

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natgeofound:

Clergymen pose in ceremonial attire outside of a cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 1931.Photograph by W. Robert Moore, National Geographic

natgeofound:

Clergymen pose in ceremonial attire outside of a cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 1931.
Photograph by W. Robert Moore, National Geographic


Prayer to St. Raphael to intercede for those contemplating suicide

liveinoptimism:

Holy Archangel Raphael, appointed by God to guide, protect, and heal, I entrust to you all people who at this moment are contemplating suicide. You guided young Tobias on his journey and protected him from the spirit of death, which sought to destroy his life. I ask you to protect all people from the road that leads to physical and spiritual death, especially those in most danger of despair and suicide. Just as you lead Tobias by the hand, lead them away from the sadness of addiction to peace and joy. Oh holy Raphael, whose name means, “God has healed,” bring them the Lord’s healing. Lord God, hear the prayer I make together with your faithful servant, Raphael. Amen.

I’m praying for you.




wherewisdombegins:

Byzantine iconostasis. 

wherewisdombegins:

Byzantine iconostasis.