Why Orthodoxy? – Ryan Hunter, USA & Scotland – From Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy

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GREAT BRITAIN OF MY HEART

USA OF MY HEART

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Ryan Hunter

Setauket, New York, USA

Brotherhood of the Holy Cross

East Setauket, Long Island, NY, USA

Holy Cross Orthodox Monastery

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Why Orthodoxy?

by

Ryan Hunter

(Part 1-14)

Source:

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

After years of spiritual wandering and disillusionment, and studying all religions, I am entering the Eastern Orthodox Church: How I discovered new meaning in the word “catholic” and the true challenge of a Christian life

“In His unbounded love, God became what we are that He might make us what He is.” —St. Irenaeus (d. 202)

I am in love. The object of my affection, or rather, my devotion, is not a person per se, though it is very much alive. It has been alive for 2,000 years, persisting through seemingly insurmountable odds, and in that time it spread from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean north and east, ultimately to the shores of Alaska and the New World. Now it is very much established and thriving here in the US. What is this thing that has become such a defining part of my life?

I have fallen in love with the Orthodox Church.

It is difficult for me to render into words an account of the transformation that this awakening has wrought in all areas of my life. I feel myself to be at last truly satisfied, spiritually and emotionally. I feel enriched beyond description after years of an ever-present void. From the depths of my heart I sense that I am now a more fulfilled Christian, and above all I know that I am a more inspired human being. Sadly in this increasingly secular society, many people my age do not want or desire such inspiration.

For the rare college student who craves a deeper inspiration that goes beyond a routine weekly church hour, for anyone who wants to enter into a new level of spiritual life, I urge him or her to consider Orthodoxy. It has awakened in me a kind of spiritual consciousness that I never imagined I would experience, a kind of spiritual inspiration that very few of my non-Orthodox friends have today.

For this awakening, I am, and will always be, forever grateful.

Introduction:

“Remember constantly that the light of your soul, of your thoughts, and of your heart comes from Jesus Christ.” –St. John of Kronstadt (1829-1908).

Before I begin, I wish to thank two dear friends who have had the biggest impact on introducing me to Orthodoxy, Rebecca Dixon and Gillian Davies. They exemplify all that is best about the faith first and foremost in their incredible kindness and warmth. They Continue reading “Why Orthodoxy? – Ryan Hunter, USA & Scotland – From Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy”

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Native Americans and Orthodoxy – Frederica Mathewes-Green, USA

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NATIVE AMERICANS MET ORTHODOXY

Native Americans and Orthodoxy

Frederica Mathewes-Green, USA

[Ancient Faith Radio; August 28, 2008]

Frederica Mathewes-Green: Here I am, I’m in Anchorage, Alaska. My first visit to Alaska, this completes my visiting fifty states. This is my fiftieth state, so it’s wonderful to be here at last. I am on the grounds of the Alaska Native Heritage Center, speaking to Steven Alvarez, who is- what is your role here at the center?

Steven Alvarez: I am Director of Strategic Initiatives and Media.

FMG: You were telling me you produce films sometimes for the center as well. And we were hearing the story of what brought you here, you said it was St. Herman that brought you. To begin with, your heritage goes back to New Mexico, your background is Apache. You were telling me that it’s connected with some of the peoples in Alaska, as well.

SA: Right. The Athabaskans up here share a common language (a common language base), and we’re pretty much the same people.

FMG: And, how in the world did you end up becoming Orthodox?

SA: I was part of San Jose Christian Fellowship that converted back in 1993. And I was the music director there at the church, and so that whole process brought us to Orthodoxy and…

FMG: You were swept up.

SA: Yeah, yeah.

FMG: Had you been a Christian all your life?

SA: I was raised Roman Catholic. So I had really no issues with the theology. I mean, I grew up with it. The only question that I kept asking was, once we become Orthodox, where does the band go? (laughs)

FMG: Because you were the percussionist in the worship band.

SA: I was the worship leader.

FMG: Oh, you were the worship leader.

SA: Yeah, and so we were chrismated and I was ordained a subdeacon that Continue reading “Native Americans and Orthodoxy – Frederica Mathewes-Green, USA”

Αφρική, 1994: Θαυμαστή μεταστροφή από τον Ρωμαιοκαθολικισμό στην Ορθοδοξία

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AFRICA OF MY HEART

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Αφρική, 1994:

Θαυμαστή μεταστροφή από τον Ρωμαιοκαθολικισμό

στην Ορθοδοξία

Πηγή:

http://orthodoxa-biblia.blogspot.com

ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΑ ΒΙΒΛΙΑ

«Ἕνα πρωϊνό τοῦ μηνός Μαΐου 1994 ἦλθε στήν Ἱεραποστολή μας ἕνας μεσόκοπος ἰθαγενής. Τόν δέχθηκα στό γραφεῖο καί ἐκεῖνος ἄρχισε νά μοῦ διηγῆται τό πρόβλημα πού τόν ἀπασχολοῦσε καί φαινόταν ἀρκετά ἀνήσυχος καί ταραγμένος.

—Πάτερ, ἐγώ ἐργάζομαι στήν ἑταιρεία “Τζεκαμίν” τῶν μεταλλευμάτων. Ἀρρώστησα βαρειά καί οἱ γιατροί δέν μποροῦσαν νά μέ βοηθήσουν. Ἔκανα προσευχή στόν Θεό νά μέ λυπηθῆ.

—Ποιά Ἐκκλησία ἀκολουθεῖς;

—Εἶμαι στήν Ρωμαιοκαθολική Ἐκκλησία, πάτερ.

Μιά νύκτα εἶδα στόν ὕπνο μου πολλούς κληρικούς σάν καί ἐσᾶς πού ἦταν ντυμένοι μέ λαμπρά ροῦχα καί λειτουργοῦσαν μέσα σέ μιά Ἐκκλησία, σάν τή δική σας. Ἕνας ἀπ᾽ αὐτούς μέ πλησίασε καί μοῦ εἶπε: “Ὁ Θεός ἄκουσε τήν προσευχή σου, ἀλλά γιά τή σωτηρία σου θά ᾽λθης στή δική μας Ἐκκλησία. Αὐτή εἶναι ἡ μόνη ἀληθινή Ἐκκλησία”.

Ἐγώ, πάτερ, δέν ξέρω οὔτε κἄν ἐσᾶς, οὔτε ποιό εἶναι τό ὄνομα τῆς Ἐκκλησίας σας, ἀλλά ἦλθα ἐδῶ, διότι εἶδα στόν ὕπνο μου παπάδες σάν ἐσᾶς μέ ράσα καί γένεια καί ροῦχα λαμπρά. Ρώτησα κι ἄλλους καί μοῦ εἶπαν ὅτι “μόνο οἱ ὀρθόδοξοι ἔχουν γένεια καί φοροῦν τέτοια ροῦχα. Ἡ Ἐκκλησία τους εἶναι στό τάδε μέρος. Ἐκεῖ θά πᾶς”.

Τόν συμβούλευσα, τοῦ ἔδωκα βιβλία καί τοῦ πρότεινα, ἄν θέλη νά ἔρχεται κάθε Κυριακή στήν Ἐκκλησία μας καί στίς κατηχήσεις. Ἔκτοτε ἔγινε πιστό μέλος τῆς ἐκκλησίας μας».

Από το Βιβλίο:

Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ

Ἀντιαιρετικά Ἐφόδια

ἐκδ. Ἅγ. Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός

Σταμάτα Ἀττικῆς 2013

π. Συμεών Γρηγοριάτης από το Περού – Από τον Ρωμαιοκαθολικισμό, Ορθόδοξος Μοναχός στο Άγιο Όρος

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CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

π. Συμεών Γρηγοριάτης από το Περού

Από τον Ρωμαιοκαθολικισμό, Ορθόδοξος Μοναχός στο Άγιο Όρος

Περουβιανός Συμεών Γρηγοριάτης:

«Μιά μέρα συνάντησα στό Παρίσι σ᾽ ἕνα ἑστιατόριο ἕναν ὀρθόδοξο μοναχό πού ἐπρόκειτο ν᾽ ἀλλάξη ὁλόκληρη τή ζωή μου. “Ἡ ὀρθοδοξία ἀνακεφαλαιώνεται σ᾽ αὐτά τά λόγια, μοῦ εἶπε. Ὁ Θεός ἔγινε ἄνθρωπος γιά νά γίνη ὁ ἄνθρωπος θεός κατά χάριν καί μετοχήν. Καί αὐτό σημαίνει ὅτι ὅπως ὅταν βάλης ἕνα σίδερο στή φωτιά τό σίδερο γίνεται φωτιά διά τῆς συμμετοχῆς στό πῦρ, ἔτσι κι ὅταν ὁ ἄνθρωπος μετέχη τοῦ θείου πυρός γίνεται κι αὐτός καί πῦρ καί φῶς καί θεός κατά χάριν”.

Αὐτός μοῦ εἶπε τότε ὅτι στήν Ἑλλάδα ὑπάρχει μιά χερσόνησος ὅπου οἱ μοναχοί ἐπαναλαμβάνουν τό ὄνομα τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ὥσπου νά γραφῆ στίς καρδιές τους. Τόν ρώτησα τότε ἄν ὑπάρχουν ποιητές στήν ὀρθοδοξία καί μοῦ ἀπάντησε ὅτι ὑπάρχουν πολλοί, κι ἕνας ἀπ᾽ αὐτούς εἶναι ὁ Ἅγιος Συμεών, ὁ νέος θεολόγος, πού ἔγραψε ὔμνους ἔρωτος γιά τό Θεό.

Ὅμως, ἡ πρώτη μου ἐπαφή μέ τήν ὀρθοδοξία ἔγινε μιάν αὐγή στή Λίμα ὅπου μέ τόν ἀγαπημένο μου ξάδερφο Φερνάντο περπατούσαμε στούς ἄδειους δρόμους μετά ἀπό μιά νύκτα ἀγρυπνίας ὅπου φτιάχναμε ἕνα κολάζ. Αὐτή τήν ὥρα πέφτει μιά δροσούλα στή Λίμα, ἡ γῆ μυρίζει λιγάκι, κι ἐκείνη τήν ὥρα ξεφουρνίζουν τ᾽ ἀρτοπωλεῖα καί μυρίζει ψωμί ἡ ἀτμόσφαιρα. Μιά τέτοια ὥρα περάσαμε ἀπό τήν ὀρθόδοξη ἐκκλησία κι ὁ Φερνάντο μοῦ πρότεινε νά μποῦμε:

—Εἶναι ὡραῖα ἐκεῖ μέσα: ἔχουν σταφύλια, κρασί, ἄρτους.

Ἐγώ φαντάσθηκα κάτι σάν ἀρχαιοελληνικό συμπόσιο καί φυσικά δέχθηκα (γέλια). Ἦταν ἀνοικτή, ἀλλά ἄδεια —λίγο πρίν ξημερώση. Μ᾽ ἐντυπωσίασε βαθειά ἡ σιγή πού βασίλευε ἐκεῖ, οἱ εἰκόνες στούς τοίχους καί τ᾽ ἀναμμένα καντήλια. Καί δεξιά μου ἕνα τραπεζάκι γεμάτο ἀρτίδια —τά πρόσφορα τά ὁποῖα συνηθίζουν νά κάνουν οἱ Ρῶσοι μοῦ φάνηκαν τόσο κομψά, καί νομίζω γιά πρώτη φορά στή ζωή μου ἔκλεψα κάτι. Λίγο μετά τό ἄφησα πάνω στό πήλινο χέρι τοῦ Δημιουργοῦ πού εἶχε φτιάξει ὁ Φερνάντο στό στούντιό του, καί λίγο ἀργότερα μ᾽ “ἔκλεψε” μέ τόν ἴδιο τρόπο ἡ ὀρθοδοξία, ὅπως συνηθίζει».

Πηγή:

Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ

Θεός Ἐφανερώθη – Από τόν Ἀθεϊσμό στό Χριστό

ἐκδ. Ἁγ. Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός

Ἀθήνα 2011

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TRUTH TARGET

San Martire Vescovo Paul Ballester Convallier in Messico dalla Spagna (Ex monaco Catolico) – Perché abbandonai la Chiesa Cattolica Romana – La mia conversione all’Ortodossia ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian

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ITALY OF MY HEART

ROMAN CATHOLICS MET ORTHODOXY

LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART

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San Martire Vescovo Paul Ballester Convalier in Messico dalla Spagna (Ex monaco Catolico)

Perché abbandonai la Chiesa Cattolica Romana

La mia conversione all’Ortodossia

Fonte:

http://larpadidavide.blogspot.gr/2012/12/perche-abbandonai-la-chiesa-cattolica.html

http://larpadidavide.blogspot.gr/2012/12/perche-abbandonai-la-chiesa-cattolica.html

L’ ARPA DI DAVIDE

Una eccezionale testimonianza storica del cammino verso la riscoperta della Fede Ortodossa e delle difficoltà che tale scelta poteva implicare negli anni ’50 del secolo scorso. Lo propongo ai lettori esattamente come scritto nella copia in mio possesso. E’ un testo lungo, ma si legge con piacere.

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Di Paul Fr. Ballester Convalier – Atene 1954. Traduzione dal greco dell’Archimandrita Benedictos Katsanevakis, Napoli – presso la chiesa dei SS. Pietro e Paolo dei nazionali Elleni, 1955.

Al nascente movimento ortodosso italiano dedico

Invece di premessa

Nell’ottobre dell’anno scorso 1954 è sorto a Catania ed a Firenze, promosso da Italiani di puro sangue, un movimento che mira non ad un Cattolicesimo riformato, ma addirittura ad un ritorno completo e sincero alle origini, cioè alla genuina Chiesa Cristiana esistente prima del funesto grande scisma tra Oriente ed Occidente consumato dal Papa Urbano II nell’anno 1098 nel Sinodo di Bari da lui ivi convocato. I pionieri di tale movimento hanno trovato tale Chiesa primitiva nella Chiesa Ortodossa Cristiana che è infatti l’unica genuina continuatrice della Chiesa fondata da Gesù Cristo e divulgata dai SS. Apostoli.

È molto commovente il fatto che proprio in quest’anno che è il novecentesimo dagli inizi dei primi aperti contrasti ecclesiastici tra Occidente e Oriente, che condussero poi all’anzidetta separazione definitiva dell’anno 1098, ha inizio con il movimento Ortodosso italiano in parola, il ritorno alla retta dottrina di Cristo dei popoli Occidentali trascinati allo scisma. Il detto movimento Ortodosso italiano, pur giovanissimo e recentissimo, conta già in Catania ed in Firenze due Vescovi, quattro presbiteri, un diacono e circa duecento aderenti e moltissimi simpatizzanti.

Ora, il molto Rev. Paul Fr. Ballester Convalier ex Frate Francescano in Spagna – ora Presbitero Ortodosso – abbandonò anch’egli il Cattolicesimo Romano e scrisse poi in greco un opuscolo intitolato “La mia conversione all’Ortodossia” in cui espone con molta chiarezza il dramma della sua anima a tale riguardo. Egli spirito studioso, occasionalmente veniva messo in seri dubbi circa la verità di alcune dottrine fondamentali della Chiesa Romana a cui apparteneva ed ha cercato sinceramente e ad ogni costo e sacrificio di arrivare al fondo della questione. Ed è riuscito a trovarne, da solo, l’uscita dal cieco vicolo in cui inconsciamente si trovava. Il dramma spirituale esposto dal Rev. Convalier è, senza dubbio, il dramma di numerosissime altre anime incapaci di trovare l’uscita dal cieco vicolo. Per venire incontro a tale stato e specialmente a tutti i simpatizzanti del suddetto «Movimento Ortodosso italiano» sentiamo il dovere di presentare in debita traduzione il su riferito documento del Rev. Convalier, sostituendo il titolo originale: “La mia conversione all’Ortodossia” con quello: “Perché abbandonai la Chiesa Cattolica Romana”, come più adatto al Continue reading “San Martire Vescovo Paul Ballester Convallier in Messico dalla Spagna (Ex monaco Catolico) – Perché abbandonai la Chiesa Cattolica Romana – La mia conversione all’Ortodossia ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian”

Vidéo – Père Placide Deseille: Un chemin vers l’orthodoxie ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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FRANCE OF MY HEART

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Père Placide Deseille:

Un chemin vers l’orthodoxie

De Catholicisme Romain et le Bouddhisme à l’Orthodoxie ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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FRANCE OF MY HEART

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archimandrite-placide

De Catholicisme Romain et le Bouddhisme

à l’Orthodoxie

Père Placide Deseille:

“A Grenoble, quelque 50 Français sont devenus bouddhistes, disciples d’un maître tibétain. A la tête de leur groupe se trouve le directeur de l’hôpital psychiatrique de Grenoble, un médecin distingué. Néanmoins, ces bouddhistes, qui ont un enseignement étranger à notre enseignement chrétien, sont des personnes sérieuses et il y a un an à peu près, ont demandé que je leur fasse une présentation sur la spiritualité orthodoxe dans un monastère bouddhiste situé à 100 km de notre communauté. A cette rencontre ont participé quelque 100 à 150 personnes d’obédience catholique. Après mon discours, leur maître bouddhiste qui était présent dit à l’assemblée : “Si vous connaissiez la profondeur du christianisme, le bouddhisme n’aurait plus rien à vous offrir.” Dès lors, de nombreuses personnes qui avaient assisté à ma conférence sont venues me voir et l’une d’entre elles en particulier, un homme de grande valeur, est déjà devenu orthodoxe.”