Mother Maria Skobtsova

Mother Maria Skobtsova
Author: Mariia,Mother Mariia
Publsiher: Modern Spiritual Masters
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2003
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: UOM:39015056468872

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Mother Maria Skobtsova (1891-1945) has emerged as one of the most fascinating religious figures of the twentieth century. As an Orthodox nun in Paris her home was at once a soup kitchen for the needy, a center for the renewal of Orthodox thought, and - under Nazi occupation - a haven for the rescue of Jews. For the latter cause she ended her life in a concentration camp. Like Dorothy Day, her writings reflect her deep commitment to the gospel mandate that unites love of God and love of neighbor.

Pearl of Great Price

Pearl of Great Price
Author: Sergei Hackel
Publsiher: Gremese Editore
Total Pages: 160
Release: 1982
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 0913836850

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The extraordinary life of Mother Maria Skobtsova (1891-1945), a Russian nun who shunned traditional monasticism for a life of service to alcoholics, drug addicts, and the mentally and physically ill.

Silent as a Stone

Silent as a Stone
Author: James H. Forest,Jim Forest
Publsiher: St Vladimir's Seminary Press
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2007
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 0881413143

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To the Margins

To the Margins
Author: Riccardi, Andrea
Publsiher: Orbis Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2018
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781608337439

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Living Icons

Living Icons
Author: Michael Plekon
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2002
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 026803351X

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An intimate portrait of holiness as exemplified in the lives and thoughts of ten people of faith in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The author introduces readers to a diverse and unusual group of men and women who strove to put the Gospel of Christ into action in their lives.

Dimitri s Cross

Dimitri s Cross
Author: Helene Klepinin-Arjakovsky
Publsiher: Conciliar Press
Total Pages: 189
Release: 2008
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1888212330

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In 1943, Father Dimitri Klepinin, an Orthodox priest serving the Russian emigre community in occupied Paris, was arrested by the Nazis for issuing false baptismal certificates to Jews. One year later, he died in the concentration camp at Dora. In 2004, he was glorified as a saint by the Orthodox Church. In this volume, his daughter lovingly tells the story of her father's life, from his childhood in pre-revolutionary Russia to his martyrdom. It is the story of a man whose entire life was founded on love--for his God, his faith, his family, and all those who came to him for help. The final section of the book consists of Fr. Dimitri's letters to his wife during his confinement. In these letters we glimpse the humble, dauntless spirit of a man whose reliance on Christ was absolute and whose devotion to serving his fellowmen did not waver, even to the grave.

Modern Orthodox Thinkers

Modern Orthodox Thinkers
Author: Andrew Louth
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 383
Release: 2015-10-08
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780830899623

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Andrew Louth introduces us to twenty key Orthodox thinkers from the last two centuries. The colorful characters, poets and thinkers included range from Romania, Serbia, Greece, England, France and also include exiles from Communist Russia. The book concludes with an illuminating chapter on Metropolitan Kallistos and the theological vision of the Philokalia.

The Eastern Orthodox Church

The Eastern Orthodox Church
Author: John Anthony McGuckin
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-03-17
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780300252170

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An insider’s account of the Eastern Orthodox Church, from its beginning in the era of Jesus and the Apostles to the modern age In this short, accessible account of the Eastern Orthodox Church, John McGuckin begins by tackling the question “What is the Church?” His answer is a clear, historically and theologically rooted portrait of what the Church is for Orthodox Christianity and how it differs from Western Christians’ expectations. McGuckin explores the lived faith of generations, including sketches of some of the most important theological themes and individual personalities of the ancient and modern Church. He interweaves a personal approach throughout, offering to readers the experience of what it is like to enter an Orthodox church and witness its liturgy. In this astute and insightful book, he grapples with the reasons why many Western historians and societies have overlooked Orthodox Christianity and provides an important introduction to the Orthodox Church and the Eastern Christian World.

The World as Sacrament

The World as Sacrament
Author: Michael P Plekon
Publsiher: Liturgical Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-03-24
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780814645819

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Not a few figures—writers, poets, activists, teachers—have focused on the presence of the Holy One in the ordinary, on the many possibilities of worldly spirituality. In this book, pastor, teacher, and theologian Michael Plekon introduces us to several persons of faith from both the Western and Eastern Church traditions to illumine God’s presence in everyday living: the world as sacrament. In this discovery of liturgy and life entwined, Plekon shows how these lives, and our own lives, are texts about looking for and following God in everyday existence.

The Way

The Way
Author: Antuan Arzhakovskiĭ
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 766
Release: 2013
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 026802040X

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The journal Put', or The Way, was one of the major vehicles for philosophical and religious discussion among Russian émigrés in Paris from 1925 until the beginning of World War II. This Russian language journal, edited by Nicholas Berdyaev among others, has been called one of the most erudite in all Russian intellectual history; however, it remained little known in France and the USSR until the early 1990s. This is the first sustained study of the Russian émigré theologians and other intellectuals in Paris who were associated with The Way and of their writings, as published in The Way. Although there have been studies of individual members of that group, this book places the entire generation in a broad historical and intellectual context. Antoine Arjakovsky provides assessments of leading religious figures such as Berdyaev, Bulgakov, Florovsky, Nicholas and Vladimir Lossky, Mother Maria Skobtsova, and Afanasiev, and compares and contrasts their philosophical agreements and conflicts in the pages of The Way. He examines their intense commitment to freedom, their often contentious struggles to bring the Christian tradition as experienced in the Eastern Church into conversation with Christians of the West, and their distinctive contributions to Western theology and ecumenism from the perspective of their Russian Orthodox experience. He also traces the influence of these extraordinary intellectuals in present-day Russia, Western Europe, and the United States. Throughout this comprehensive study, Arjakovsky presents a wealth of arguments, from debates over "Russian exceptionalism" to the possibilities of a Christian and Orthodox version of socialist politics, the degree to which the church could allow its agenda to be shaped by both local and global political realities, and controversies about the distinctively Russian theology of Divine Wisdom, Sophia. Arjakovsky also maps out the relationships these émigré thinkers established with significant Western theologians such as Jacques Maritain, Yves-Marie Congar, Henri de Lubac, and Jean Daniélou, who provided the intellectual underpinnings of Vatican II. "The Way is an important work, brilliantly researched, and the product of a true scholar who talks to us theologically as he progresses. Antoine Arjakovsky's main focus of interest is on ecumenical theology, and he argues convincingly that Orthodox thought as manifested in these leading-edge thinkers still has a major role to play in opening an authentically Orthodox but inclusive ecclesiological line of approach to contemporary Christianity." --John A. McGuckin, Union Theological Seminary "The journal The Way was the heartbeat of the Russian religious intelligentsia from 1925 until the end of World War II, and no more creative band of religious thinkers existed anywhere in the world at the time than this small group of Russians coordinated by the indefatigable Berdyaev. This book is an extraordinarily rich study that deserves to be widely known. Its subject is of the first order of importance for modern intellectual history." --Paul Valliere, Butler University "The Way is the first comprehensive study of one of the most important movements in modern Russian intellectual history. Arjakovsky provides a lucid account of a vibrant theological circle of Russian emigres in Paris who were in dialogue with their Western Christian counterparts. They sought to develop Christian thinking that remained rooted in tradition but could speak to modern problems, exploring its implications for philosophical, political, and cultural issues that still have much to say to contemporary Christian thought. We are deeply indebted to Arjakovsy for this masterful presentation." --Scott Kenworthy, Miami University "Antoine Arjakovsky has provided English readers with the first in-depth study of an unparalleled creative moment in the history of modern Russian religious and Orthodox thought, the lasting impact of which has yet to be fully appreciated. Both a historical excursion and a critical intellectual enterprise in its own right, Arjakovsky's study offers a detailed guide to the diversity of thought and philosophical debates among a stellar group of Russian émigré intellectuals. Those interested in the history of modern Orthodox Christian thought, Russian religious philosophy, and church politics among the first wave of Russia's Orthodox emigration will find a trove of information in this volume." --Vera Shevzov, Smith College

Framing Mary

Framing Mary
Author: Amy Singleton Adams,Vera Shevzov
Publsiher: Northern Illinois University Press
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2018-04-24
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781501757006

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Despite the continued fascination with the Virgin Mary in modern and contemporary times, very little of the resulting scholarship on this topic extends to Russia. Russia's Mary, however, who is virtually unknown in the West, has long played a formative role in Russian society and culture. Framing Mary introduces readers to the cultural life of Mary from the seventeenth century to the post-Soviet era. It examines a broad spectrum of engagements among a variety of people--pilgrims and poets, clergy and laity, politicians and political activists--and the woman they knew as the Bogoroditsa. In this collection of well-integrated and illuminating essays, leading scholars of imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet Russia trace Mary's irrepressible pull and inexhaustible promise from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Focusing in particular on the ways in which both visual and narrative images of Mary frame perceptions of Russian and Soviet space and inform discourse about women and motherhood, these essays explore Mary's rich and complex role in Russia's religion, philosophy, history, politics, literature, and art. Framing Mary will appeal to Russian studies scholars, historians, and general readers interested in religion and Russian culture.

For the Peace from Above

For the Peace from Above
Author: Hildo Bos,Jim Forest
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 474
Release: 2011-09-01
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1933275561

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Since the early days of the Church, Christians have struggled to come to terms with Christ's words of peace and His example of peace. In Christ's life, as recorded in the New Testament, it is striking that He neither killed anyone nor summoned any of His disciples to kill. Indeed, the final miracle Christ performed before His execution was to heal an enemy's wound, an injury caused by the Apostle Peter in an attempt to defend his master. Yet, in the course of more than twenty centuries of Christian history, we see Christians often involved in war and, in surveying the calendar of saints, find not only those who refused to take part in war but also those who served in the military, though no one has been canonized due to his skill as a soldier. Besides the millions of Christians who have fought in armies, often against fellow Christians, we also find many priests, bishops and theologians who have advocated war and blessed its weapons. Our subject is an urgent one. Many people today live either near conflict areas or are directly touched by war or in areas where terrorist actions may suddenly occur. Everyone on the planet is in some way affected by wars in progress or wars in the making as well as the consequences of wars in the past. Every day thousands of Christians struggle in thought and prayer with some of the most difficult of questions: May I fight injustice by violent methods? Am I allowed to kill in combat? Are there limits on what I can do in the defense of my country? Am I as a Christian allowed to disobey demands that I believe are unjust or violate the Gospel? When the demands of my country seem at odds with the demands of the Kingdom of God, how do I respond to this conflict? Rarely do we find easy answers to these and similar questions. Thus, those of us in the Orthodox Christian tradition search for help in Holy Scripture, the canons provided to us by ecumenical councils, the witness of the saints, the writing of the Fathers of the Church as well as theologians of recent times. Imitation of saintly forebears alone, however, will not solve our problems. Different eras have adopted different attitudes. Also many of today's problems never existed before, not least the changed character of war in an era of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and mass propaganda. Yet knowledge of the thought and action undertaken by the Orthodox Churches on the issues of war and peace in recent decades surely can help us find ways out of the dead ends that many communities are experiencing today. This is the aim of this book.

Looking East in Winter

Looking East in Winter
Author: Rowan Williams
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2021-06-24
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781472989239

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In many ways, we seem to be living in wintry times at present in the Western world. In this new book, Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and a noted scholar of Eastern Christianity, introduces us to some aspects and personalities of the Orthodox Christian world, from the desert contemplatives of the fourth century to philosophers, novelists and activists of the modern era, that suggest where we might look for fresh light and warmth. He shows how this rich and diverse world opens up new ways of thinking about spirit and body, prayer and action, worship and social transformation, which go beyond the polarisations we take for granted. Taking in the world of the great spiritual anthology, the Philokalia, and the explorations of Russian thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, discussing the witness of figures like Maria Skobtsova, murdered in a German concentration camp for her defence of Jewish refugees, and the challenging theologies of modern Greek thinkers like John Zizioulas and Christos Yannaras, Rowan Williams opens the door to a 'climate and landscape of our humanity that can indeed be warmed and transfigured'. This is an original and illuminating vision of a Christian world still none too familiar to Western believers and even to students of theology, showing how the deep-rooted themes of Eastern Christian thought can prompt new perspectives on our contemporary crises of imagination and hope.

The Theology of Illness

The Theology of Illness
Author: Jean-Claude Larchet
Publsiher: St Vladimir's Seminary Press
Total Pages: 131
Release: 2002
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 0881412392

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An examination of three interpretations of the most universally acknowledged piece of rhetoric in the history of the West, The Sermon on the Mount. The three interpretations examined, from the perspectives of faith and language, are: St Augustine, from the Latin and Catholic tradition; St John Chrysostom, the Greek and Orthodox tradition; and Martin Luther, the Reformation and Protestant tradition. Together and yet separately, they illuminate both the Sermon and the speaker for anyone who still takes the challenge of faith, and language, seriously.

Saving the Jews

Saving the Jews
Author: Mordecai Paldiel
Publsiher: Taylor Trade Publications
Total Pages: 411
Release: 2000-10-10
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781589797345

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During the Holocaust's long nights there were gentiles in every corner of Europe who saved Jews. This is their story.