Saturday, March 9, 2013

FAMILIARITY: a cooperative work of art

Posted: 9 March 2013

On Thursday, 7 Mar 13, Fr. John Hennies gave Birgitta and me his latest poem about a small tree that grows near his home and asked us to blend it with a rendering by his legally blind Matushka Lea, who had to feel the tree with her hands in order to draw it. Below are the results of scanning and rearranging the elements:

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Poem by Fr. John Hennies, illustrated by Matushka Lea

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Surprise change!

Posted: 2 March 2013
Updated: 7 Apr 13

Hieromonk John (Jesse) Anderson

Hieromonk Jesse is suddenly gone and without saying farewell to his most loyal and generous supporters. Actually, I am sorry that this young, monarchical and troubled man has left our community sooner than expected, because he left without reconciling with some of us (namely me) with whom he had unfinished business. Actually it was I who failed to find a way to communicate with him before he left.

But I need to say something more about the recent experience of St. Dimitri of Rostov parish, because this parish is where I learned about Orthodoxy and was chrismated in 2008 by the previous priest, Fr. John Hennies. I am sorry for not sooner confronting Jesse face-to-face in a beloving way. Mea culpa!

I have taken down most of my previous, angry verbiage in this post and, instead, will post something from my Mormon background that I think is more appropriate. It is from the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 121:

39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.
40 Hence many are called, but few are chosen.
41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
42 By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—
43 Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;
44 That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.
45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distill upon thy soul as the dew from heaven.
46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.
Amen...