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Met. Gregory of St. Petersburg: “entrust yourself completely to the will of God”

1 February 2023

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“…entrust yourself completely to the will of God and do not wish for anything other than that the Lord God do with you whatever is pleasing to Him.This is the best attitude for every person, whatever his condition. Because whoever entrusts himself to the Lord God is God’s, and such a one can never perish.”

Metropolitan Gregory (Postnikov) of St. Petersburg, How to Live a Holy Life

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Nicholas Gomez Davila: “Man matures when …”

1 February 2023

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“Man matures when he stops believing that politics solves his problems.”

Nicholas Gomez Davila

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John of Karpathos: “The moon as it waxes and wanes”

31 January 2023

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The moon as it waxes and wanes illustrates the condition of man: sometimes he does what is right, sometimes he sins and then through repentance returns to a holy life. The intellect of one who sins is not destroyed (as some of you think), just as the physical size of the moon does not diminish, but only its light.

St John of Karpathos, Philokalia

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C. S. Lewis: “brave knights and heroic courage”

31 January 2023

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“Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage”

C. S. Lewis

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“understanding wokeness for the pathetic Mary Sue power fantasy that it is”

31 January 2023


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I’ve never seen even a single episode of the television show that Bill Hurrell is analyzing here, but I think that his ideas are very interesting, and seem true to some degree.

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“wokeness is anything but a serious commitment to equality and justice, but has rather always been nothing but a way for resentful and self-harming teenagers to pick on each other using the language of critical theory, without actually engaging with it beyond one’s own narcissistic frame of reference.”

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“This is the reality of wokeness: It is not a utopian philosophy. It isn’t even really a Leftist one, though it uses Leftist language to mask its true intentions. No, what it is, is a sad, pathetic teenage wish fulfillment fantasy: a reactionary ideology determined not to move forward, but to restore the power dynamics of high school, the only place where the woke have ever had any power, or where petty, cruel, emotional infants like them can ever have any power. But even in the confession of one of those infants, there is hope, for as soon as these children experience the high school wish fulfillment fantasy they think they want, they soon regret creating it. Look at twelveclara/Erin. She speaks of her days in the Glee fandom as a solipsistic nightmare punctuated by endless persecution from other people. And are her goals more modest now? I’ll let her answer:

I did my time. Now I just want to enjoy things in peace and have a critical discussion about them when necessary and not every waking minute of the day.

Hear, hear. For the sake of America, let us hope that, understanding wokeness for the pathetic Mary Sue power fantasy that it is, we can finally laugh in its face as it deserves and return to a world where the entire West can, once more, “enjoy things in peace.”’

Bill Hurrell

Read more here.

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St. John of Kronstadt: “sins are spiritual darkness”

30 January 2023

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“…the more sincere our confession, the more tranquil will be the soul afterwards. Sins are secret serpents, gnawing at the heart of a man and all his being; they do not let him rest, they continually suck his heart; sins are prickly thorns, constantly goring the soul; sins are spiritual darkness. Those who repent must bring forth the fruits of repentance.”

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ

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“Declaration of Independence … a piece of Masonic literature, filled with the principles of Freemasonry”

30 January 2023

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“At this point, one might tender as evidence of America being a Christian nation, one line from the revolutionary Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” That the Founding Fathers spoke of an agency of God (creation) is clear and explicit. To further posit from there that they were speaking of the Triune God (that is, the true God) is odd, to say the least. None of the monotheistic religions speak well of God by merely speaking about Him according to one of His works. For God is more than His agency; He is more than creator; He is all in all, He is Holy, He is the Lord of Hosts, He is full of glory, He is judge, He is advocate, He is King, and so much more. No rightly formed Christian would ever speak of God as Creator only.

On the contrary, this sentence from the Declaration of Independence is not evidence of any sort of Christian influence on the revolution or of the Bible being a source document that the drafters gleaned from. Rather, it is just one piece in a vast body of compelling evidence of the most pervasive and influential ideology of the day making its intentions known. That is to say, that sentence in question was the first of many insertions by the Freemasons in the United States of America’s revolutionary and governance documents which clearly let the world know that they had just taken a whole nation as their own.

Since its organization in 1717 as a fraternal religion, Freemasonry has always deigned to never mention the sacred name of God, but only speak of Him as the Creator, or more specifically as the Grand Architect of the Universe. Anyone in the 18th century who was familiar with this central tenet of Freemasonry would be able to read the Declaration of Independence for what it was; that is, a piece of Masonic literature, filled with the principles of Freemasonry; namely the right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness outside of the religion of the state, which, they said, had only proven to divide men, rather than unite them.”

David L. Gray, onepeterfive.com

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Tchaikovsky’s Hymn of the Cherubim

29 January 2023

Tchaikovsky’s Hymn of the Cherubim performed by the State Symphony Capella of Russia, conducted by Valery Polyansky

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I consider the liturgy of St. John Chrysostom one of the greatest productions of art. If we follow the service very carefully, and enter into the meaning of every ceremony, it is impossible not to be profoundly moved by the liturgy of our own Orthodox Church… to be startled from one’s trance by a burst from the choir; to be carried away by the poetry of this music; to be thrilled when… the words ring out, ‘Praise the name of the Lord!’ – all this is infinitely precious to me! One of my deepest joys!

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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John of Kronstadt: “When you are in the temple”

29 January 2023

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“When you are in the temple, remember that you are in the living presence of the Lord God, that you stand before His face, before His eyes, in the living presence of the Mother of God, of the holy angels, and of the first-born of the Church – that is, our forefathers, the prophets, Apostles, hierarchs, martyrs, reverend Fathers, the righteous, and all the saints. Always have the remembrance and consciousness of this when you are in the temple, and stand with devotion, taking part willingly and with all your heart in the Divine service.”

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ

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Cyril of Alexandria: “the holy body of Christ endows those who receive it with life”

29 January 2023

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“…the holy body of Christ endows those who receive it with life and keeps us incorrupt when it mingles with our bodies. For it is not the body of anyone else, but is thought of as the body of Him who is Life by nature, since it has within itself the entire power of the Word that is united with it, and is endowed with His qualities, or rather filled with His energy, through which all things are given life and maintained in being. This being the case, those who have been baptized and have tasted divine grace should know that if they go reluctantly or scarcely at all to church, and cease to receive communion for years on end, yet feign a pernicious reverence as a pretext for not wishing to participate in Him sacramentally, they cut themselves off from eternal life, for they have refused to be given life. And this refusal, even if they make it seem to be in some way the fruit of reverence, becomes a snare and a stumbling-block. They ought instead to make every effort to realize the power and willingness that is within them, that they might become eager to clear away sin and attempt in its place to follow a more spiritual regime, and thus run all the more courageously to participate in life.”

St. Cyril of Alexandria

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