Video: Bishop Anthony Bloom’s conversion from atheism to the Orthodox Christian Faith

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GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART

Bishop Anthony Bloom’s conversion

from atheism to the Orthodox Christian Faith

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Sainte Marie Skobtsova de Paris (+1945) – 31 mars ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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FRANCE OF MY HEART

Sainte Marie Skobtsova de Paris (+1945)

31 mars

Mère Marie Skobtsov ou sainte Marie de Paris, née Élisabeth Iourievna Pilenko le 8 (21) décembre 1891 à Riga, dans le gouvernement de Livonie qui faisait alors partie de l’Empire de Russie et morte le 31 mars 1945 à Ravensbrück, est une poétesse, mémorialiste et membre de la résistance française, devenue religieuse orthodoxe. Elle a été canonisée comme martyre de la Foi par l’Église orthodoxe (Patriarcat de Constantinople) le 16 janvier 2004.

En Russie

Mère Marie était la fille d’un magistrat de l’Empire russe, Youri Dmitriévitch Pilenko, qui exerçait à Riga, sa mère était issue de la famille aristocratique des Dmitriev-Mamonov. La famille déménagea à Anapa, ville balnéaire des bords de la mer Noire, en juin 1895, à la retraite du père de famille. Celui-ci avait hérité dans le village de Djemet, à six verstes de la ville, d’un domaine viticole. Youri Pilenko fut nommé directeur du jardin botanique Nikitsky en Crimée, au Continue reading “Sainte Marie Skobtsova de Paris (+1945) – 31 mars ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French”

Klaus Kenneth: Von Atheismus, Protestantismus usw. zur Orthodoxie – Video ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German

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EDELWEISS OF MY HEART

Klaus Kenneth: Von Atheismus, Protestantismus usw. zur Orthodoxie

Met Bloom’s conversion from atheism to the Orthodox faith

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COMING HOME – ORTHODOXY

Met Bloom’s conversion from atheism to the Orthodox faith

This week’s spiritual lesson: We concluded last week our long series of excerpts from the Diocesan conference by Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) at Effingham, England, in May, 1983. It occurs to me it might be useful to continue the Metropolitan’s account of his conversion from atheism to the Orthodox faith:

…Then my leader explained to me that everyone who belonged to my group had reacted in exactly the same way, and if no one came we would all be put to shame because the priest had come and we would be disgraced if no one attended his talk. My leader was a wise man. He did not try to convince me that I should listen attentively to his words so that I might perhaps find truth in them: ‘Don’t listen,’ he said. ‘I don’t care, but sit and be a physical presence’. That much loyalty I was prepared to give to my youth organization and that much indifference I was prepared to offer to God and to his minister. So I sat through the lecture, but it was with increasing indignation and distaste. The man who spoke to us, as I discovered later, was a great man, but I was then not capable of perceiving his greatness. I saw only a vision of Christ and of Christianity that was profoundly repulsive to me. When the lecture was over I hurried home in order to check the truth of what he had been saying. I asked my mother whether she had a book of the Gospel, because I wanted to know Continue reading “Met Bloom’s conversion from atheism to the Orthodox faith”

Klaus Kenneth, Deutschland Zwei Millionen Kilometer auf der Suche – Von Hippies, Atheismus, Buddhismus, Hinduismus und Protestantismus zur Orthodoxie ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German

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CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

Klaus Kenneth, Deutschland

Zwei Millionen Kilometer auf der Suche

╰⊰¸¸.•¨* 

Von Hippies, Atheismus, Buddhismus, Hinduismus

und Protestantismus zur Orthodoxie

Zwölf Jahre zog der schweizer Publizist Klaus Kenneth auf der Suche nach der Spiritualität, Frieden und Liebe durch Europa, Asien und Südamerika. Der Weg war gefährlich und voll Enttäuschungen, Hass, Drogen und Tod. Leer und enttäuscht von Philosophien, Lehren und Religionen kehrte Kenneth zurück, und fand die Wahrheit in der orthodoxen Kirche. Seinen langen Weg hin zur einen Kirche schrieb er in seinem Lebensbericht, “Zwei Millionen Kilometer auf der Suche” nieder.

Verso gli agnostici e gli atei – San Paisios del Monte Athos, Grecia (+1994) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian

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ANIMALS OF MY HEART

Verso gli agnostici e gli atei

San Paisios del Monte Athos, Grecia (+1994)

“Un giovane vivace diceva all’Anziano: ‘Non c’è Dio. Non credo’.L’anziano gi rispose con bontà: ‘allora vieni vicino a me. Lo sai che la cicala che ora canta parla di Dio? Vedi questo gattino! Che bella pelliccia che ha, è migliore pure di quella di una regina!’ Il giovane si commosse alle parole dell’Anziano e la sua incredulità si addolcì”.

“Una volta un professore universitario visitò l’Anziano e gli disse: ‘Ho difficoltà a credere che Dio esista. Sono un uomo colto, vivo in Occidente e tutto ciò che dici e fai si può spiegare razionalmente. Certo, esiste qualche forza, ma non posso accettare tutto quello che dici su Cristo e sui sacramenti’. L’Anziano dopo averlo ascoltato gli rispose con tono brusco: ‘Sei più stupido di una lucertola!’. Offeso dalle parole dell’Anziano il professore reagì. L’Anziano insistette: ‘In verità tu sei più stupido di una lucertola e te lo dimostrerò’. L’Anziano chiamò subito una lucertola. All’animaletto che corse da lui chiese se Dio esistesse. La lucertola si alzò su due zampe e chinò la testa dando con questo movimento una risposta positiva all’Anziano. Il professore ne fu sorpreso e iniziò a piangere. L’Anziano soggiunse: ‘Hai visto che tu sei più stupido di una lucertola? Essa sa che Dio esiste e tu, con la tua intelligenza, non hai compreso la sua esistenza’. Il professore lasciò la cella dell’Anziano tutto scosso”.

Fonte:

Hiéromoine Isaac, L’Ancien Paissios de la Sainte Montagne, L’Age d’Homme, Lausanne 2008.