Category Archives: Orthodoxy

Small gestures that save the world

I read once that people have done experiments with flowers. They researched how flowers respond to love. Apparently, when the plants “hear” nice words and probably good vibrations, they develop more fully and more beautifully than when they are not given attention. But one … Continue reading

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A drunk holy man

I once heard a story. I don’t know whether I remember its details correctly, but here is the gist of it: a man goes to a monastery and tells the monks there that he came because an angel told him that a … Continue reading

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Invisible help and protection

At a high school concert. In the row in front of us, a chair was broken. I have bad reputation when it comes to repairing things, but for some reason I could repair the chair. It wasn’t any philosophy, really, since it only took … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Levinas and Orthodoxy

Originally posted on Tavi's Corner:
In the essay on “Judaism and Christianity” from In the Time of the Nations, Levinas recalls a story mentioned by Hannah Arendt. When she was a child, she said one day to the rabbi,…

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The Temptation of moralism

I have often harmed people in my desire to do good. Here is a perhaps familiar  scenario: a friend goes through various problems and confesses them to me. I feel as if I am one with my friend (didn’t Aristotle say that … Continue reading

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A humble man and a stumbling block

I once knew a man who went through some radical change. He used to be oblivious, concerned with himself, but then he became peaceful and, with that, you could sense a powerful presence when you were next to him. It … Continue reading

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Journey through lent: day 0

Forgiveness Sunday. I went to church this morning, and I had to leave before Matins ended. I started to throw up. It smelt like cheese. Today is the last day of cheese and, to exhibit my wisdom, I overindulged yesterday with this friend … Continue reading

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Zacchaeus – a poem by Dumitru Ichim

I expected you to be just. What, no? I am a desert, hated by all, and most by me, with heavy bags of sand within my soul. If I were you, under the sycamore, I would have showed my fist … 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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Cows and kenosis

Photo by Vlad Dumitrescu, used by permission. I saw some cows today, and I was completely mesmerized. I could not take my eyes off them because they had transported me into a different realm. Time stopped for a moment, and … Continue reading

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