Met Bloom’s conversion from atheism to the Orthodox faith

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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”

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

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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”