It’s odd though—the most frequent question we, the residents of Parteš, have had to answer was, “But aren't you afraid?” Aren’t we afraid to go to church, or gather in groups somewhere? Should we fear the joy of the Risen Christ, just tell me?
Currently, according to my own observations, the people take less interest in the economic dimension than spiritual aspect. And this is very important; it seems as though we are gradually coming to the realization that even though money and the comforts of life do matter, there are other things that still matter more.
Fr. Pavle stood out for his education. His learning was valued, and people often asked for his advice and explanations. But most of all he was loved—both in the monastery and in the neighborhood—for his meekness, gentleness and good sense of humor.
It’s a fact: The monasteries need money. Another thing is when it becomes the chief objective of the monastery’s existence. What future lies ahead for the monasteries known earlier as the “luminaries of Orthodoxy”?
Patriarch Pavle conveyed to us the words of one of the leaders of the schismatics, “Metropolitan” Timothy: “We’d even work with the devil if only not to work with you, Serbs, and your Serbian Church!”
“The Ghetto”—that’s what, with a touch of sad humor, the people of Orahovac in Kosovo and Metohija call their town. Divided into two parts—the Serbian and the Albanian—the town really gives no cause for joy. Nevertheless, the Serbs who live there not only keep calm but also keep hope and faith in Christ, without which, as they say, life is meaningless.
We have talked with Hannu Pöyhönen, a co-founder of the Panagia center and Ph.D in Theology, on the permanent spiritual thirst of people and Christ’s desire to quench it without violating our freedom.
Twenty-five years ago, artist Vladimir Fedukov moved with his family from the city to a rural village in the Russian north. Writer Stepan Ignashev talks with him about Russian realism in both art and life.
This unearthly light can be seen not only on the photographs of churches, but also in the eyes, the smile, the facial expression of a person. In all of this I see God’s Providence. Russia opened my eyes to it through photography.
Studying and upholding the patristic tradition convinces you of the truth of another paradox: It is only by struggling with false, “plastic” happiness that you find true happiness. Indeed, what can make you happier than an earnest, though difficult, struggle with your sins?