Friday, December 27, 2013

a remarkable discovery

The "other Fiodor", as he refers to himself, has begun posting the English version of "Un idiot attentif" --
essays on Dostoevsky
Edmund de Waal Zvi Kolitz and others great-of-heart.

Once the book was closed, and after recovering  my senses somewhat,  I thought that I had just read the answer to the Grand Inquisitor found in The Brothers Karamazov..."--Fiodor

Not to be missed.........

Thursday, December 26, 2013


Make peace with yourself,
and heaven and earth
will make peace with you.

--St. Isaac the Syrian

Monday, December 23, 2013

voice of the living light

Иисусе, Иисусe, Сыну Божий помилуй нас

Soon, around the world, celebrations will begin in honor of the birth of one called the Christ.

From the vantage point of my warm home, I am remembering those sleeping in the cold in refugee camps in Syria, or without cover, whether in the Philippines or in Philadelphia. How should I, could I honor the birth of One whose concern was constantly for others. Words fail me: my mouth is mute, my mind and heart uncertain. A glance at the Christmas tree, decorated by the children with trinkets, does not begin to answer my questions.

The video above is an unusual recording of "the Jesus Prayer", sung by a Ukrainian nun, singing, "Jesus, Jesus, Son of God, have mercy upon us", as opposed to the prayer of a single individual (for example, a monk in his cell), for example: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner."

For a few moments, it is possible to join in a repeated prayer for mercy for all of us, thanks to Sister Tereza Vodjana and her fellow-parishioners.

the song of a shell sapphire melting inside jade a color unnamed Ofra Haza's version of this song defies categoriz...

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