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Author: Valerie Yova
July 25, 2009
- From the Outside Looking In -

Although I’ve never been to Romania, whenever someone asks me my ethnic identity, I’m always very proud to say “I’m Romanian!” And then we inevitably get into a discussion of just HOW Romanian I am. “Well, I’m full-blooded, or as full-blooded as any Romanian can be. All four of my grandparents were born in Romania.” On the other hand, my father’s skin tanned VERY darkly in the summertime, and I was way too at home singing the opera Carmen, so I suspect there might be some gypsy or Turkish blood in there somewhere. (…So much for being a purebred anything in this complicated world.)

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Pastoral Care

Author: Archimandrite Touma Bitar
July 22, 2009
Pastoral Care and the Crisis of Power

Excerpts from a paper found on the website dated July 16, 2009.


In the See of Antioch, at the current time, there is a confrontation, a crisis of opinion, and painful consequences may follow. Are the bishops, within an eparchy that is headed by a patriarch or a metropolitan as an ecclesial administrative unit, bishops over a territory and a faithful people, or are they auxiliary bishops?

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O Lord and Master of my life,
leave me not with the spirit of laziness,
of despair, of domination, or idle words.

Rather, give me, your servant, the spirit of integrity,
of humility, of patience, and of love.

Thus, Lord, grant me the wisdom to see my own faults,
and not condemn my brother;

for You are blessed, now and forever. Amen.


Our Father, who are in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day
our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.