The Journey Home

by Misty Duke My journey home to the Orthodox Church began in my youth.  I don’t remember the year, but I know it was a tender one.  I remember an old priest in brightly colored vestments, a beautiful church with walls covered in icons, and young girls wearing headscarves approaching the communion chalice.  Glory to God for that moment in front of my parents’ television for through that moment I unknowingly glimpsed my future.  Some twenty years have passed, but that memory is as real today as when it happened. Sometimes it feels like the journey home to Orthodoxy was long.  Sometimes, I wonder why I didn’t grow up in the Orthodox Church or … [Read more...]

The Triumph of the Church

by St. John Chrysostom How does one prove that Christ is God? We should not try to answer this question by using the argument of the creation of heaven and earth, because the unbeliever will not accept it. If we tell him that He raised the dead, healed the blind, expelled demons, he still will not agree. If we tell him that He promised us resurrection from the dead, the kingdom of heaven, and ineffable goods, not only he will not agree, but also he will laugh at us. How then shall we lead him to the faith, especially when he is not spiritually developed? Surely, we shall do this by resting on truths which are acceptable both to us … [Read more...]

The Conversion of French Photographer Frere Jean

Photographer Gérard Gascuel who worked with Marcel Marceau and Salvador Dali and now is Hieromonk Gerasimos says he decided to become a monk after hearing an Athonite monk singing. "I was 33 when the editor in chief of an influential Japanese magazine sent me to Greece to make a report about the life of Athonite monks," Father Gerasimos was quoted as saying by the Rossijskaya Gazeta daily on Tuesday. Going around the monasteries he came upon a monastery where there is an ancient tradition to keep skulls of deceased monks. "I went into the crypt and then life was divided: 'before' and 'after'. When I was going back I met a … [Read more...]

Herman Tristram Engelhardt: How I Became Orthodox

Dr. Engelhardt was born in Texas to Roman Catholic parents, but became Orthodox in his mature years, taking the name Herman after St. Herman of Alaska. He studied philosophy and medicine and is now a professor at two Universities in Houston, Texas. His research has been done mainly in Bioethics and his most important contribution to Orthodox ethics is his book "The Foundations of Christian Bioethics". At the Symposium for Intensive Care organized in Bucharest, Professor of Philosophy and Medicine Tristram Engelhardt presented a paper. During a discussion in Bucharest, a question was put forward on how he became Orthodox. His reply is … [Read more...]