Monthly Archives: October 2016

Thoughts in the air

  Photo: Andrei. I have flown many times. However, whenever I board a plane, I still have the thought that this flight may be the last. This happens today as well, but, just in all similar occasions, I am somehow okay with … Continue reading

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Time and prayer

I do not have time to pray. I do not have time to listen  to another, to hear another–I do not have time to take care of the other. But here is an answer (which I once heard from Fr. John Konkle): … Continue reading

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Tales of beauty and love from the darkness of the Siberian Gulag

A couple of years ago I began the translation of Do Not Avenge Us. The book has just been published, and I thought I would share just a few words about it. Six people narrate their experiences during the Soviet oppression. This … Continue reading

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The Apple with scent from home

I published this post a while ago. It is about the experience of one child in Siberia, after she was deported from Bessarabia at the end of WWII. I’m reposting it because the book that contains this story is about to … Continue reading

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The Prodigal Son: A Poem by Fr. Dumitru Ichim

This is a translation of a poem by Fr. Dumitru Ichim. I would like to thank Gretchen (see her website here) for a suggestion in line 5 below. My first translation said, “All bridges are broken unstoppable…” The meaning was confusing, though, … Continue reading

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The longing for Bessarabia

Today my heart was filled with desire: I was overwhelmed by my longing for Chisinau, a beautiful city in Eastern Europe, the capital of present day Moldova, and the place where I felt truly alive. It is a strange thing … Continue reading

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The miracle of forgiveness

  Photo by Andrei. One often wonders whether there are miracles taking place in one’s life. I do not know about you, but I pray for miracles every day: I pray for forgiveness, and doing so I ask God to … Continue reading

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