"Today the concept of truth is viewed with suspicion, because truth is identified with violence. Over history there have, unfortunately, been episodes when people sought to defend the truth with violence. But they are two contrasting realities. Truth cannot be imposed with means other than itself! Truth can only come with its own light. Yet, we need truth. ... Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow. The great gift of Christ was that He enabled us to see the face of God".Pope Benedict xvi, February 24th, 2012

The Church is ecumenical, catholic, God-human, ageless, and it is therefore a blasphemy—an unpardonable blasphemy against Christ and against the Holy Ghost—to turn the Church into a national institution, to narrow her down to petty, transient, time-bound aspirations and ways of doing things. Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: to unite all men in Christ, all without exception to nation or race or social strata. - St Justin Popovitch

Wednesday, 4 July 2012


A very interesting and inspiring story and a valuable insight into Orthodox monastic life. My only criticism is a small one because they only speak a little of western Catholicism. One said that the essence of monastic life is love and humility. It would be an even better film if , when they talked about us, they showed a little love and humility. They criticise our understanding of Christianity without knowing much about us.However, this story is not about us, and all of us have our prejudices, and they, like us, are only on the way to sanctity

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