Category: Eastern Church

A New Look at Rasputin and a Nation Gone Mad

It took three bullets to kill him: a bullet into his left chest, one into his back, and the third into his forehead. The killers then threw his body off a bridge and into the icy water of the Neva River below. The doctor who performed the autopsy said his body had suffered a number of wounds from the fall. His head, nose, eyes were severely damaged, and one of his ears was nearly torn off. This only added to the legend of Rasputin.

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Cardinal Robert Sarah Calls on Catholic Priests and Bishops to Face East During Liturgy

Cardinal Sarah also is asking all bishops to take the lead in ensuring that they and their priests face the east during liturgies at their cathedrals and at large celebrations in their dioceses. He further suggests that bishops ensure that seminarians be formed in the practice and that the faithful be catechized about the reasons for its importance.

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Life According to the Spirit — Pope Shenouda III’s The Life of Repentance and Purity

Repentance is neither a one-time event nor an occasional event: it is a daily activity and only the beginning of a lifelong journey. Some have difficulty taking this journey because of their love of sin. “The perfection of repentance is the hatred of sin,” Pope Shenouda writes.

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The Arresting Faces of Saints

While paintings and icons can bring us into the presence of the saint depicted, and we can see in these images the same calm, peace, and light of the Holy Spirit that the saint has gained through long years of loving and seeking God, the photograph reveals in a way other images cannot that the saint actually was flesh and blood like the rest of us.

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