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The journalist and the philosopher

The journalist and the philosopher are both engaged in study. Journalists are trained to look at the world around them. They describe it, and they see its sins. And they become righteous. Philosophers are trained to look at the world … Continue reading

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Nursing students and being human

There is always a very humbling experience when I participate in a graduation or a pinning ceremony. This is not because I feel that I may have contributed in any way to the development of these students. In fact, I have … Continue reading

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The thirds, nameless people for whom there is no song

Originally posted on Tavi's Corner:
? Many may be familiar with Taylor Swift’s song Style (I included a video of it below). I have listened to it many times, but it was only this morning that it made me wonder…

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Christ is risen!… Now… what?

Originally posted on Tavi's Corner:
?   Today is the Sunday of the Resurrection for Orthodox Christians. It comes at the end of the Holy Week, the most beautiful period of the entire year. Its beauty stems precisely from…

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I Am a Nobody for Whom Someone Is On a Cross

Originally posted on Tavi's Corner:
When I was a child, my aunt took me one day to a monastery close to where I lived: the monastery at Sambata de Sus, Romania. A blind monk lived there, Father Teofil; he…

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Giving definitions and Grushenka’s spring onion

Originally posted on Tavi's Corner:
? I do not eat meat. As one may imagine, whenever I arrive at this topic in a conversation, I always get this reply: “So you are a vegetarian.” This is a fairly safe…

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Places of regeneration

There are certain places in this world which have healing power. Some of them are spatial; others are temporal. Alyosha Karamazov was remembering his mother’s face, praying: that is also a place of healing, even if it is about a face–or rather … Continue reading

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Hoarders of ideas

  I once read or heard, and I don’t remember who said it (for some reason, I think it was a podcast of Fr. Thomas Hopko; if anyone has heard it, please let me know the source), that we can … Continue reading

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Joyful thought about death

I have a joyful thought about death lately. I am old, with a long white beard, and I stand next to my grandparents, my parents (both of them old), my wife (never old), and my brothers (old). Some of us … Continue reading

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The Lark in a Soviet Camp in Siberia

I was listening to George Enescu’s Ciocarlia (The Lark: do listen to it here), and this reminded me of a story from Do Not Avenge Us, the book that contains the testimonies of six people who were deported to Siberia immediately after WWII. The … Continue reading

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