New Year Wishes, some Reflections on the Movement of the Holy Spirit within the ever growing circle of Grace with Divine connections, Divine providence, Divine Love and a Selection of 2015 Orthochristian.com Top Posts
Isn’t this circle of grace, which so often seems to be accidental or co incidental, actually providence and a sign of the Holy Spirit working amongst us?
This is what a New Year always feels to me in the midst of the Twelve Days of Christmas!
Or, this …
One more New Year has arrived and we are offered:
12 more months for spiritual struggles
52 weeks for humility
365 days for patience
526.000 minutes for love and
31.536.000 seconds for prayer …
A Happy and Most Blessed New Year to All of You! With Health, Happiness, lots of Blessings, but also with Spiritual Struggles!!!
(BTW, this is a leap year, so, an extra day of courage (or patience) is required, and we are offered 1440 more minutes for love and 86400 more seconds for prayer, as I was ‘timely’ reminded by a precious friend 😃)
Now let’s have an OrthoChristian look back on 2015!
Here is my selection of some of their top posts. I hope some will be of interest to you. Other than the appalling human tragedy drama unfolding in the Islamic world, the rapid change in legislature in most Western countries to legalize unions that contradict God’s law and personal conversion stories, my two most precious posts at Orthochristian.com is one featuring an interview with Fr. John Musther Of Cumbria and a intriguing and challenging post by Ryan Hunter: In This Great Service: A Theological and Political Defence of Monarchy.
Fr. John Musther Of Cumbria interview made such an impression on me that I wanted to meet him in person and the Good Lord ‘arranged’ for me to visit him together with some friends all the way to the UK to his church-home! What a wonderful person and what a most heart-warming smile! (For a few photographs from our visit/ pilgrimage to his chapel and church-home, go to https://orthodoxcityhermit.com/2016/01/07/meeting-fr-john-musther-of-cumbria/)
Ryan, on the other hand, has consistently intrigued, challenged and surprised me since I started following his blog last year with his ‘unorthodox’ political beliefs and fresh views on political history; yet his generosity and kindness together with his wit, erudition, and unfatiguable ‘teaching skills’ won me over and gave birth to the beginnings of a friendship I cherish deeply. I am hopefully meeting Ryan in Greece this year to show him around some of our pilgrimage sites!
… We have seen a terrible human tragedy drama unfolding in the Islamic world. A hierarch of a mostly Moslem Central Asian country, Bishop Pitirim of Dushanbe and Tadjikistan had some profound words to say about Europe, Russia, and Islam.
… People talk about their unique “Path to God”—how they came to Orthodoxy. Here are a couple of our favorites:
And here are some of our favorites from the rubric, “Orthodoxy Around the World”:
Finally, we would like to look back on some of our other favorite articles providing instruction, encouragement, and important information for Christians:
I have been so blessed within just a few months with so many precious ‘blogosphere’ to personal, intimate friendships! In a coming post I intend to dwell on this matter …
31 / 12 / 2015