There is no need at all to make long discourses; it is enough to stretch out one's hand and say, “Lord, as you will, and as you know, have mercy.” And if the conflict grows fiercer say, “Lord help!” God knows very well what we need and He shows us His mercy.
Abba Macarius

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Always On Your Side

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My yesterdays are all boxed up
And neatly put away
But every now
and then you come to mind
Cause you were always waiting
To be picked to play the game
But when your name was called
You found a place to hide
When your name was called
You found a place to hide
(when you knew that I was always on
your side)

Everything was easy then
So sweet and innocent
But your demons and your angels reappeared
Leaving only traces of the man you thought you’d be
Leaving me no place left to go from here
Leaving me so many questions all these years

Well is there someplace faraway
Someplace where all is clear
Easy to start over
With the ones you hold so dear
Or are you left to wander all alone eternally
This isn’t how it’s really meant to be
No it isn’t how it’s really meant to be

Well they say that love is in the air
Never is it clear
How to pull it close and make it stay
Butterflies are free to fly and so they fly away
And I’m left to carry on and wonder why
Even through it all I’m always on your side

Well is there someplace faraway
Someplace where all is clear
Easy to start over
With the ones you hold so dear
Or are we left to wander all alone eternally
Well is this how it’s really meant to be
Now is this how it’s really meant to be

Well they say that love is in the air
Never is it clear
How to pull it close and make it stay
If butterflies are free to fly why do they fly away
Leaving me to carry on and wonder why
Was it you that kept me wandering
Through this life
When you know that I was always on your side
Sheryl Crow, “Always On Your Side,” (iTunes)

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Guerilla Orthodoxy: A dollar for a cup of coffee

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Guerilla Orthodoxy: A dollar for a cup of coffee

I am cut to the quick, undone.

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Serenity

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Serenity

😀
H/T: Binary Bonsai

PS: For those who never saw Firefly on Fox a few years ago, I’m sorry you missed out. It’s about Rebels and Empires with overtones of Confederate versus Federal, set in a Wild West sort of science-fiction future. It was an amazingly written series, apparently too good for television.

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Romanian Episcopates Discuss Solutions to Division

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Discussions held at Romanian Episcopate Headquarters (Orthodox Church in America News)

I am always interested in discussions to resolve the problems and divisions wrought in American Orthodoxy by the Bolsheviks and their Godless Revolution half a world away. The two Romanian eparchies (the Romanian Episcopate of the Orthodox Church in America and the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Canada — “autonomous” but still jurisdictionally under the Synod of the Church of Romania) have been divided for over fifty years; over the last decade, they have conducted a dialogue with the hopes of reuniting the two. A recent joint communique indicates with joy and hope that they may be in the home stretch. (The Archdiocese has a Romanian language version of the “comunicat.”) The OCA News article linked above describes the constitution of the delegation from the Orthodox Church in America: members of the Romanian Episcopate, along with representatives of the holy Synod: his grace Bishop Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada, Protopresbyter Robert Kondratick, Chancellor, Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, Assistant to the Chancellor for External Affairs and Interchurch Relations, and Archpriest David Brum, Secretary to the Metropolitan.

So, to help clarify for those of you playing at home, apparently we have three parties here: the representation from the Romanian Archdiocese, the representation from the ROEA, and the representation from the holy Synod of the OCA. OOOH! I am getting chills just thinking about the work God could be doing. Keep your crosses fingered and your vigil lamps burning. We’ll keep you posted.

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Orthodox Parish Hospitality Survey

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Here is a meme for all the Orthodox converts and inquirers who may or may not read this blog. The following are questions that were asked via an email survey in our parish to help improve our hospitality. In writing them, I thought my answers might be helpful to other parishes, as well. Then I realized that a wide variety of answers would be more helpful.

Here are the rules:

  1. You may answer the survey questions in the comments or on your own blog.
  2. If you answer the questions on your own blog, please note where you found this survey and direct others back to the original article (URI: http://blog.kevinbasil.com/2005/09/10/orthodox-parish-hospitality-survey/ ).
  3. If you post the questions on your blog, please trackback the original article or comment on it so that others can visit your article and be illumined by your answers.
  4. If you blog this survey, please direct others who may themselves blog to comment or trackback the original article as well.
  5. Please include these rules with the survey, so others can do the same.

Comments and trackbacks on the original article allow a central repository of sorts. Memes are meant to spread, but priests, council members and ministers of hospitality shouldn’t have to search the internet to find the answers.

(However, if you think I’m being a link-hound, then by all means post the survey and your answers. Better to get the information out to someone than not at all.)

Orthodox Parish Hospitality Survey

  1. The first time you visited an Orthodox Church, what made you feel welcome?
  2. The first time you visited an Orthodox Church, what made you feel uncomfortable?
  3. The first time you visited an Orthodox Church, what was most helpful?
  4. Currently, when you visit an Orthodox Church, what do you expect them to do to make you feel welcome?
  5. Currently, when you visit an Orthodox Church, what makes you feel uncomfortable?
  6. Currently, when you visit an Orthodox Church, what do you find helpful?

I will post my answers in the first comment.

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Pruning

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silver dolphins --- submarine service qualification pin, US NavyI have pared down my newsreader blog subscriptions to the handful of blogs that I actually read, because my spare time to do so is truly spare presently. Also, blog articles will continue to be sporadically occasional. When I have my fish, perhaps more writing will be forthcoming.

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