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 most precious post at Orthochristian.com is one featuring an interview with Fr. John Musther Of Cumbria .
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/)
… 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.
The Folly of Comfortable Christianity
… People talk about their unique “Path to God”—how they came to Orthodoxy. Here are a couple of our favorites:
“God Told Me, You Must Convert to Orthodoxy!”
“You Need to Get Used to Orthodoxy.”
And here are some of our favorites from the rubric, “Orthodoxy Around the World”:
The Last Priest of the Peking Mission. A Talk with Archpriest Michael Li
If Jesus Is God, Let My Daughter Be Alive! Notes About Indonesian Orthodoxy
An Interview with Fr. John Musther Of Cumbria. “Christ Won the Battle and Made My Heart Orthodox!”
“The Indian Mission Will Be the Most Fruitful Mission in the World!”
I Believe in the Future of Orthodoxy in Indonesia
Finally, we would like to look back on some of our other favorite articles providing instruction, encouragement, and important information for Christians:
Why are There So Many “Bad” People in the Church?
How St. Xenia Helped a Woman Become an Iconographer
Patient Endurance is the Fruit Of Virtue, and it is Nourished By Prayer
In This Great Service: A Theological and Political Defence of Monarchy
Hidden Fire: Orthodox Perspectives on Yoga
Fr. Seraphim Rose’s Monastery. A Photographic Pilgrimage by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov)
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