Tag: Sainthood

Men, Monks, and Making Saints
Christian Practice

Men, Monks, and Making Saints

On his recent visit to Mt. Athos in October, 2019, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew announced the imminent inclusion of five Athonite elders among the saints: Ieronymos of Simonopetra, Daniel of Katounakia, Joseph the Hesychast, Ephraim of Katounakia, and Sophrony of Essex. There is a phrase in the Sayings of Abba Macarius with which I can identify….

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Fr. Raphael Morgan, the First Orthodox Priest of African Descent in America
Church History, Church Life and Pastoral Care

Fr. Raphael Morgan, the First Orthodox Priest of African Descent in America

Some of the readers of Public Orthodoxy may have read my book Turning to Tradition: Converts and the Making of an American Orthodox Church. Those who have will have heard of Fr. Raphael Morgan. Others might not have read the book, but may be aware of him, perhaps due to his Orthodoxwiki entry or an…

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Non-Fundamentalist Monastic Spirituality of Mother Maria Skobtsova
Christian Practice, Theology

Non-Fundamentalist Monastic Spirituality of Mother Maria Skobtsova

Since the beginning of modern times, monastic spirituality has had to face both extreme fundamentalism and extreme liberalism, or in postmodern times, relativism.  One reason is an incomplete or incorrect understanding of the human person and human identity. Mother Maria Skobtsova (1891-1945), an Orthodox nun who left Russia after the 1917 revolution and settled in…

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