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"Uncle Tom’s Cabin" - A Model for the Study of Moral Theology
This book by the mid-19th Century American author, Harriet Beecher Stowe is well known to many from their school days. The themes posed are certainly not childish and a second reading reveals them in a different light. In childhood we ignored the book’s Christian component, being enthralled by the captivating plot – this Christian component becomes evident to the mature eye.

May 7, 2010, 10:00

Pascha 1926
Holy Saturday came. Workers arriving from lumber-cutting sites were packed into the prison yard and barracks like sardines. Now, a new trial befell us. The commandant ordered the company commanders not to allow even a hint of a church service and not to admit people from other companies starting at 8 p.m. Bishops Mitrophan and Gabriel sadly informed me of the order. Despite that, I was urging my "parish clergy" to try and hold the service in the bakery.

Apr 15, 2010, 10:00

Love Without Limits
Whoever you are, whatever you may be, says the Lord of Love, my hand is resting upon you at this very moment. By this gesture, I am letting you know that I love you and that I call you for my own. I have never ceased loving you, speaking to you, or calling you. Sometimes it was in silence and solitude. Sometimes it was there, where others were gathered in my name.

Feb 1, 2010, 10:00

An Underground Story
And then I did remember the 100 dollars. I felt terribly ashamed and bitter. I felt ashamed because no one had blamed me, and bitter because I saw I was so completely incapable of doing any good and all my ‘lofty feelings’ were suitable only for the theatre, to entertain the spectators. And what a mendacious creature I was! Begging the Lord to give me an opportunity to serve Him and dodging this opportunity at once! And the worst is that I would have never understood it on my own!

Nov 15, 2008, 10:00

An Excerpt From Part II of the Way of the Pilgrim
To put it shortly, if love for God is recognized by the keeping of His commandments ("If ye love Me, keep My commandments," says our Lord Jesus Christ), and I not only do not keep them, but even make little attempt to do so, then in absolute truth the conclusion follows that I do not love God. That is what Basil the Great says: "The proof that a man does not love God and His Christ lies in the fact that he does not keep His commandments."

Sep 12, 2008, 10:00

The Diary of Tanya Savicheva
Twelve-year old Tanya Savicheva started her diary just before Anne Frank. They were of almost the same age and wrote about the same things – about the horrors of fascism. And, again, both these girls died without seeing victory day – Tanya died in July of 1944 and Anne in March of 1945. “The Diary of Anne Frank” was published all over the world and told the author’s story to many people. “The Diary of Tanya Savicheva” was not published at all – it contains only seven scary notes about the deaths of her family members in Leningrad at the time of the Blockade. This small notebook was presented at the Nuremberg trials as a document condemning the terrors of fascism.

Jul 2, 2007, 22:36

Òhe memory of Fr. John Krestiankin will long be lovingly preserved and revered not only by the Orthodox faithful in Russia, but by Russian secular history as well. Always deeply true to his calling as a pastor, he never sought such fame, but rather was sought out by thousands of souls seeking the love of God and the sober truth about Christian life and salvation.

May 12, 2007, 14:51

Dostoyevsky: The Giant of Russian Literature
The year 2006 marked several dates related to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, such as the 125th anniversary of his death, the 160th birthday of his wife Anna, the 145th anniversary of his novel ‘The Insulted and Humiliated,’ the 140th anniversary of ‘Crime and Punishment,’ the 135th anniversary of ‘The Devils,’ and the 125th anniversary of ‘The Brothers Karamazov.’ Bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria, representative of the Moscow Patriarchate to the European institutions shares his views on Christian contents in the great author’s creative work with Interfax-Religion.

Apr 16, 2007, 23:14

Mere christianity [Book Three]
The Three Parts of Morality, The 'Cardinal Virtues', Social Morality, Morality and Psychoanalysis, Sexual Morality, Christian Marriage, Forgiveness, The Great Sin, Charity, Hope, Faith
Jun 3, 2005, 00:38

QUO VADIS [Part 4]
That day Lygia too had to take part in such a feast. Fear, uncertainty, and a dazed feeling, not to be wondered at after the sudden change, were struggling in her with a wish to resist. Though young, she was not without knowledge, for knowledge of evil in those times reached even children’s ears early.

May 23, 2005, 03:32

Confessions. Book 1. Ch.10 - 19
Thanks be to thee, my joy, my pride, my confidence, my God -- thanks be to thee for thy gifts; but do thou preserve them in me. For thus wilt thou preserve me; and those things which thou hast given me shall be developed and perfected, and I myself shall be with thee, for from thee is my being.
Apr 18, 2005, 21:46

QUO VADIS [Part 3]
In fact, Petronius kept his promise. He slept all the day following his visit to Chrysothemis, it is true; but in the evening he gave command to bear him to the Palatine, where he had a confidential conversation with Nero; in consequence of this, on the third day a centurion, at the head of some tens of pretorian soldiers, appeared before the house of Plautius.

Apr 10, 2005, 22:03

Mere christianity [Book Two]
I have been asked to tell you what Christians believe, and I am going to begin by telling you one thing that Christians do not need to believe. If you are a Christian you do not have to believe that all the other religions are simply wrong all through.
Apr 10, 2005, 21:50

Confessions. Book 1. Ch.1 - 9
Commencing with the invocation of God, Augustin relates in detail the beginning of his life, his infancy and boyhood, up to his fifteenth year; at which age he acknowledges that he was more inclined to all youthful pleasures and vices than to the study of letters.

Mar 29, 2005, 00:46

QUO VADIS [Part 2]
While a youth I went to school to Musonius, who told me that happiness consists in wishing what the gods wish, and therefore depends on our will. I think, however, that it is something else, —­ something greater and more precious, which depends not on the will, for love only can give it. The gods themselves seek that happiness; hence I too, O Lygia, who have not known love thus far, follow in their footsteps. I also seek her who would give me happiness...

Feb 18, 2005, 03:48

QUO VADIS [Part 1]
And I repeat to thee that from the moment when I saw how the sun-rays at that fountain passed through her body, I fell in love to distraction.

Jan 20, 2005, 02:34

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