About

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My Lifestyle – Suitcases 😃 Lover of the Theotokos, Pilgrim, Traveller, Hermit!

Ah! The Raptures of Living! 

 
(Still shying away from limelight  😊)

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“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I 

in thee, that they also may be one in us ” (John 17:21, KJV)

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Dedicated to St. Paisios of Mount Athos, my spiritual grandfather and my patron Saint

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St. Paisios’ ‘Beatitudes’  make my heart leap with Joy!

Dedicated also to a Blessed Elder, Blessed Seraphim Rose, my spiritual great grandfather

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“It is later than you think! Hasten, therefore, to do the work of God.” (Blessed Seraphim Rose)

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Dedicated also to my Spiritual Father

(similarly shying away from limelight  😊)

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Dedicated finally to my Spiritual Mother of Blessed Memory,

the Unmercenary Paediatrician Sister Aggeliki Tsaousi

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Let me also add here my devotion to the Holy and Righteous Nun-Martyr Elizabeth, a major role model for me, a righteous handmaiden of God who pursued Beauty from her childhood, only to find ‘It’ in her maturity in Christ. Saint Elizabeth, Pray to God for us!   

 

“Beauty will save the world” Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Idiot

 

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“From thy childhood thou didst pursue beauty, O righteous Elizabeth, and refusing to be sated with worldly charms, thou didst diligently search out Christ, the Fountain of all loveliness.” 

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May they all forgive me for my boldness!

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Philippians 4:4-8

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
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“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I 

in thee, that they also may be one in us ” (John 17:21, KJV)

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Glory to God! The circle of grace expands like ripples in the pool!

 

 

 

 

One comment on “About

  1. Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!
    I’m also a convert to Orthodoxy who has gravitated to my ancient Celtic roots. I took St Kinnera (Kennera), Hermitess of Kirkinner, Scotland, as my patron. I understand that my family was once from that region of Scotland, and St Kinnera seemed to find me, although I had very little information about her. I’m inspired by your work to read more about the Celtic saints of the early church. Thank you, and may God bless you for your diligence.
    Laura (Kinnera)
    San Diego, CA

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