Voices From Russia, Too

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

21 September 2011. Let Everything that Breathes, Praise the Lord! The Beasties of Optina Pustyn…

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 A cat watching the telly…

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A cat watching a cartoon…

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Some of the Optina fathers and their parishioners took these snaps. No… monks and nuns don’t “continually pray”… nor do they “always work”. They smile and laugh like all other human beings do. They’re not always “holy”… I think that’s what Fr Tikhon Shevkunov meant by entitling his new book Unholy Holiness. If it looks “holy”, it probably isn’t, and you must take a care to ensure that it wasn’t demonic and prelest-ridden. Remember… Hilary Madison, Dmitri Royster, Panteleimon Metropoulos, Sam Greene, Pierre l’Huillier, Feodosy Lazor, Gleb Podmoshensky, Nikolai Soraich, Seraphim Storheim, Ray Velencia, and Benjamin Peterson all looked like “holy men”… and we all know what they did. BEWARE. Holiness looks deceptively ORDINARY. Evil often comes wrapped in a pretty and alluring package. NEVER forget that.

God loves the animals… so do I… as do the good Optina fathers. Why don’t you take our hands and join us?

BMD

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