A Day Alone

Thomas looked out to the field he loved so dearly and saw something that enamored him. A duck flying over a small pond that had no fish or any life beyond microbial. He went to sit next to the pond and ponder the idea of what it meant for him. For him, this was his time alone with God. He prayed for his salvation and his neighbor’s salvation. 

Looking at a butterfly that had just landed on his lap he saw how beautiful the world truly was. Looking to his left side there was a spider that was creeping along. Holding the spider he thought how there was beauty in even the most grotesque things of the world. After realizing this he prayed for those who wish him harm and those who despise what he believed to be true. 

A moment later he went off to another area where he saw something etched in a tree. “To whom it may concern, here lies Alan Army.” He prayed for the man’s soul and moved on. Thomas began to remember the things he wanted in life. Things like a family, a beautiful house, and overall happiness. Understanding that this would all come with a struggle he began to slow his walk. Thinking deeper on the goals he was making and how he would get them. Thomas pulled out his notebook and wrote out the goals. Then he prayed and went on with his day remembering these goals and storing them in the back of his mind. 

He came home to see that there was a news story about a family that had been robbed down the road from where he lived. Thomas thought back on the spider and how there was beauty but also terrible mishappenings around the world. Standing in front of his Icons he saw that there was only one way to be and one way to live. 

Thomas took to writing an article on the place in which we stand today. He titled it “A Day Alone”, the title had to do with our judgment. “In the last days there will be extreme strife”, he remembered.  These thoughts were there simply because he was feeling this deep sense that things in most of the societies’ spiritual life were lacking. People were not truly loving one another as they were commanded to and using each other for personal gain rather than helping each other when they fall. For Thomas, this was peeling his emotional skin and causing him to despair. Thomas started to think if it was even worth making any effort to help those around him if they were just gonna stab him in the back or not be thankful and regret his help. 

Thomas sat down to write anyways and he poured his soul into the words he chose. He wrote a somewhat lengthy paper and went to publish it on a website that accepted letters to the editor. They published what he wrote and in less than a week he was getting messages. These messages were from people who greatly appreciated his words. He received many thank you letters and noticed that all he had to do was step up and speak up. The people around him began to change their demeanor and quickly his whole little town began to thrive. 

Thomas stood in prayer and prayed for discernment. He wanted to know that what he wrote actually helped and to bring him back to a good grounding. A gust of wind blew through his room and it smelled of incense, Thomas then knew what he had done was right and blessed.

Being Aware and Asking Questions

Image and content by Dokken Storm

The manifesting of information concerning the vaccines and their effects has been coming out slowly but surely. They show very vast concerns. Everything from fertility to normal motor functions. It seems hard for many who have the idea that if you question any of this like anything else you deny the evidence. The evidence within what is happening shows its tormenting to question the science and if you do, you are a denier of the truth. A denier of science(totally ridiculous thing to say because no one ever outright denies science, your coffee maker has a scientific process; it’s fucking retarded to think people deny science) doesn’t exist, what does exist is the questioning of facts and figures concerning the science. I will try to show the areas in which need looking and the facts that have brought themselves forward through sources outside the mainstream narrative. I will also bring in stories from those who have reached out to me and told me their stories concerning the vaccine and the pandemic.

Firstly, one needs to understand that if you don’t question anything you won’t learn or know the risks. Secondly, the information out there is always skewed to a very particular perspective; what you’re reading now is skewed but towards wanting others to see what I see and tell me and others whatever they know and have found so that everyone can be in the know and make the best possible decisions for themselves and their families. Also, a little babbling.

Fertility; something I hope many think about if they’re of age. What is it about fertility that keeps coming up in all the concerns surrounding these vaccines? One does not think much of it and believes that this medical practice is necessary to keep themselves healthy and protected from Covid. This is mainly due to people just believing in a system that has failed them routinely but they hold out hope(faith is good but not in the system that literally told people “Don’t hug your family”). There were concerns about fertility and these new “cures” before they were brought out to the public. Most knew that vaccines had been used in the past to sterilize poor populations around the world. https://www.africanglobe.net/africa/vaccines-secretly-sterilize-women-africa/ 

So due to this foreknowledge and also there being this massive issue of nothing being properly tested before being administered to the public, many had lots of questions and concerns. There is a plan to depopulate and the vaccines will probably be used as a tool among many other tools to do this. It has already been done before concerning population control. This article is one to read and check out due to the obvious concerns we all have concerning these new vaccines, https://web.archive.org/web/20210630142714/https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/huge-red-flag-medical-researchers-bury-data-showing-82-miscarriage-rate-in-vaccinated-women 

Here’s another article to see the opposite and obvious ploy to stop people from asking questions “because it’s all conspiracy nonsense and made up”, https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/it-was-inevitable-that-antivaxxers-would-claim-that-covid-19-vaccines-make-females-infertile/ 

There’s an addiction in society to fear and terror. With this whole thing, many clung to it as though it was the only thing that mattered in their lives. Reminds me of the lyrics from Motley Crue “He’s gonna be your Frankenstein, I’ve got one thing you’ll understand, He’s not what you’d call a glamorous man, Got one thing that’s easily understood, He’s the one they call Dr. Feelgood” which is very similar to the way people look at the gods of modernity. Things make them feel good about something. Instead of struggling against the passions and temptations of the world and reaching towards Christ and his Kingdom most would rather stay inside and be fed fear porn and do everything they are told. A sad existence. But this is meant to happen so that when the time comes for the separation of those who follow along to get along and those who know the true purpose of being here understand perfectly the events that unfold. People like to conform due to not wanting to be left behind or forgotten within a group or society. Concerning the pandemic, everyone wanted to just comply and wear the mask so they didn’t have altercations with anyone or be looked at in disgust. This also goes with receiving the vaccine. “Breckler, Olsen, and Wiggins (2006) said: “Conformity is caused by other people; it does not refer to effects of other people on internal concepts like attitudes or beliefs. Conformity encompasses compliance and obedience because it refers to any behavior that occurs as a result of others’ influence – no matter what the nature of the influence.” https://www.learning-mind.com/psychology-of-conformity/ So this is a common thing that happens, everyone wants to conform to what is considered “normal”. If this keeps going then most, most then no one asks questions. More lyrics come to mind from the amazing Dio, 

“We’ll know for the first time

If we’re evil or divine

We’re the last in line, yeah

We’re the last in line”

Questions in these times are required just to walk out the front door. Since there is such a vast amount of fear people are not asking anything they just want to be told. This is an amazing article to read https://inklesspen.blog/2021/06/05/the-temple-of-pharmakon/ Fr Lynch is amazing and speaks clearly on an aspect many need to know and understand. In time these things will come to a head and things will break and it won’t be for the benefit of those who are in the know. Although it was written long ago that people would love their servitude. 

The tracking system ideas are also being rushed around in full mass. Ballparks have their systems and it won’t be surprising to see Wal-Mart and other major outlets have their tracking systems as well. https://covidtracking.com/, https://nypost.com/2021/06/28/prove-youre-vaccinated-with-this-immunaband-bracelet/.  There are also things going around that many knew would come; tracking your thoughts to determine if you’re a terror threat. https://www.activistpost.com/2021/07/police-to-target-americans-for-their-ideological-beliefs-and-behaviors.html 

This isn’t something that should be shocking to anyone especially with things like Neurolink out there and is always promoted as something amazing and brilliant. Tracking now has great uses in our world of nonsense, they believe they can track coofid from your face. It s laughable to think that anything so nuanced as a virus can be tracked by staring at you. https://www.activistpost.com/2021/06/abu-dhabi-begins-using-facial-recognition-cameras-to-detect-covid-19.html 

Many things need to be grasped concerning these new advancements towards a dangerous way of life. Things will go forth as “they” have planned and we the people need to just be aware of what is happening so that we can prepare properly. Not in a rushed, frantic, panicked fashion, but in a proper Orthodox Christian way. We pray, fast, and read the Word, and tend to our families and loved ones. We have no control over how things work out in the end. I would say that being alive today should give everyone a rush and a need to pray. It is very exciting to see these times and be able to tell the story someday. We should not be gloomy about any of it since we know the end goal for us as Orthodox Christians. Sure it’s scary and sometimes troubling to talk with people about things but as long as people have their communities and families everything will be fine. If life was easy it would be boring and made poorly functional. 

Show me the grave new world

You, sold me you slaves of change

Slaves to the new world order

Bound believing in change to chains

Woe is me I stand before you

And part a sea of eternity

Bloody nails, I waited and prayed

But your deceived and laid to waste

W.A.S.P. , Slaves Of The New World Order

Father come save us from this

Madness we’re under

God of creation are we blind?

Cause some here are slaves

That worship guns that spit thunder

The children that you’ve made

Have lost the minds

W.A.S.P., Headless Children

Resist the twist to truth no matter what the cost

Supplant the rights with wrongs inside our heads

Outlawing all the questions to the answers

That no one likes when someone ends up dead

Megadeth, Dystopia

Plug into me I guarantee devotion

Plug into me and dedicate

Plug into me and I’ll save you from emotion

Plug into me and terminate

Accelerate, Utopian solution

Finally cure the Earth of man

Exterminate, speeding up the evolution

Set on course a master plan

Reinvent the earth inhabitant

Metallica ,Spit Out The Bone

Religion’s at our door

But yet we search for something more

We see the prophecies

But that won’t bring us to our knees

All the answers are contained

Within the golden book

Every scar and red blood stain

Ignored and overlooked

Even the devil believes

Piety can leave you to bleed

StryperEven The Devil Believes

The psychological trials of dwellers in the last times will be equal to the physical trials of the martyrs. In order to face these trials, we must be living in a different world.” Blessed Fr Seraphim Rose

In the future Judgment, the condition of each person will be revealed in an instant, and each person on his own will proceed to where he belongs. Each person will recognize, as if on a television screen, his own wretchedness, as well as the spiritual condition of others.” St. Paisios of Mount Athos

Such are the souls of the saints: they love their enemies more than themselves, and in this age and in the age to come they put their neighbor first in all things, even though because of his ill-will he may be their enemy. They do not seek recompense from those whom they love, but because they have themselves received they rejoice in giving to others all that they have, so that they may conform to their Benefactor and imitate His compassion to the best of their ability; ‘for He is bountiful to the thankless and to sinners’ (cf. Luke 6:35).

St. Peter of Damaskos, “Book I: A Treasury of Divine Knowledge,”

Navigating The Jungle

Author’s biographies

Nate Armstrong- Knowledge in Biochemistry and Applied Pharmacology in Medicine. Instagram @natearmstrong313

Dokken Storm- Just a researcher on the topics of medicine and world events who also writes fiction. Instagram @dokken_storm

The Scientific Method and Orthodoxy

 What is science and how does one deviate from science? The word itself, science, is taken from the Latin word Scientia meaning knowledge. That word in its modern usage often refers to the method or pursuit behind knowledge, which is also known as the Scientific Method.  

The Scientific Method: principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.

Boiled down they look like:

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These steps make up the tradition of science. 

A tradition that was founded on the idea that collecting and verifying data could lead us to a better understanding of our reality. 

If science is the tradition of collecting and verification of data and we start skipping steps of that tradition are we still scientists?

 If an Orthodox Christian throws tradition to the wind can they still claim to be an Orthodox Christian? Valid question of our times.

Examples of such would be the masks required to enter our parish, an atheist government dictating the rules of the Liturgy; there’s plenty more but for now, this is the ideal area to stop. 

Science and Orthodoxy are both based on truth. We are taking the assumptions of a society that does not believe in Divine Truth and adapting that worldview onto Orthodoxy when we deviate from the tradition of science which was based on a worldview that believes in absolute truth.

As Orthodox, we know that science has limitations to the truth of a fallen world, only a God outside of this can reveal the absolute truth to us and has done this throughout space and time with His Son and the Church. When we listen to the modern science of our current trends we deny this revelation for the platitudes of atheists. Science itself is based on the presuppositions that there is absolute universal truth and that we can discover this truth through experimentation, but times have changed. The science of modernity is not concerned about truth, but only manipulating public opinion by controlling them with fear and denying the truth that our Creator loves us.

Currently, there are many doctors and scientists who agree that the scientific method has been thrown to the wind and everything is all speculation. The biggest indicator of such is no isolation of the virus in an electron microscope. 

This is a pretty big part of the discovery and identification of a virus, yet this part of the process hasn’t been done. 

Another aspect of the scientific method being washed away with ideas and pride would be the acceptance of PCR tests as valid data. As humans, we want to know something in the blink of an eye or at the amount of time it takes to microwave a meal but PCR tests, the test this whole pandemic is based on, do not work the way the media portrays them to. I direct those who disbelieve here https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/health/coronavirus-testing.html “The PCR test amplifies genetic matter from the virus in cycles; the fewer cycles required, the greater the amount of virus, or viral load, in the sample. The greater the viral load, the more likely the patient is to be contagious.” “It isn’t the result of looking through some sort of cosmic microscope at genes lined up like cars in a supermarket parking lot. It’s a process using a computer program to stitch together DATA— PRESUMED pieces of a virus—based on speculation, bias, pretension, and sheer hype. Rather than science.”, this is just one of the many criticisms around the PCR test as something to diagnose someone for Covid 19.

 On January 23, 2021, a Chinese scientist’s name is Dr. Wu Zunyou was interviewed by NBC said “They didn’t isolate the virus,” this doctor is talking about samples from a market in Wuhan that may have started the whole pandemic.

 The fact that this statement has been said multiple times is precisely why one cannot assume that the scientists in charge of the pandemic response are using the scientific method. 

Science now rests in a religious realm at this point in history, in a debate, this is usually called “Appeal to Authority” and it’s not a good way to argue for one’s point. 

The authority of the scientific method is something that should not be thrown out because a narrative doesn’t fit the science. One never throws away prayer because that prayer isn’t working along the lines of what said person is wanting.  

Before the Covid vaccine, science has had a hundred years to collect and analyze data to determine their effectiveness and safety. With this new form of vaccine, science has little to no data to collect and analyze. 

Therefore, any statement on their effectiveness and safety is mere opinion and therefore not scientific. The same can be said for the effectiveness of wearing a mask. Before 2020, the scientific data showed little to no effectiveness in preventing a virus. Now we are to blindly accept their effectiveness because of the psychological effects they have on society

To explain the most mainstream idea of vaccines the World Economic Forum has an article on the subject. That can be read here https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/how-vaccines-changed-the-world/. The history of vaccines is interesting because history shows people using the scientific method to help and make sure what they were doing was for the help and good of others. 

Yet today, with the new vaccine, this process was skipped, and instead of isolating the virus and producing a proper test, the modern scientists just assumed and assured us we do not need the traditional testing time of several years to make sure all the bugs were worked out before it was thrust upon the people without any real understanding of what it is or even how it really works. 

What is Gene Therapy

The new vaccines are in fact called “Gene Therapy” by the creators. This is due to the way it reacts with the body, unlike the standard flu vaccine that so many others have had throughout their life. “Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine that relies on messenger RNA to deliver instructions to the cells in your body, which then produce small parts of the Covid-19 virus that are just enough to trigger the immune system without getting you sick.” This is the definition of gene therapy “The treatment of certain medical disorders, especially those caused by genetic anomalies or deficiencies, by introducing specific engineered genes into a patient’s cells.” By this definition, none of the companies can call what they are making a vaccine. Definition of a vaccine “a preparation that is administered (as by injection) to stimulate the body’s immune response against a specific infectious disease.” The way in which the medicine being offered by MODERNA and Pfizer are not vaccines. The process that both companies are using is something that hasn’t been done on a massive scale like they are trying to do. Also, little testing before going to market is also something to be concerned about. https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-vaccine-trial-no-animal-testing.html 

Understanding the New Vax and link to Transhumanism

 If we are to understand that we have the coding of life within us then we ought to understand that manipulating this can have huge catastrophic problems.

“Recognizing the broad potential of mRNA science, we set out to create an mRNA technology platform that functions very much like an operating system on a computer. It is designed so that it can plug and play interchangeably with different programs. In our case, the “program” or “app” is our mRNA drug – the unique mRNA sequence that codes for a protein.” The ‘Software of Life’, something that is within the human body that was put there by God. This is what is being modified in the name of “Science”. A secular atheist idea of science nonetheless. 

Within the ideas of science and how the Church views topics of the like are very definite. Definite in the sense that we understand there are parameters that we cannot understand. Therefore messing with the DNA and RNA of persons without years of study is a misstep in the scientific method and the ideals of the Traditions of Orthodoxy. This message of messing with DNA to prevent disease leads to the ideology of “Transhumanism”. 

Transhumanism is a philosophical movement the advocates of which believe in the enhancement of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies able to greatly enhance human longevity, mood, and intellect. They say they would do this through the modification of Man. Doing so is an act against God’s creation. We know from tradition that this is wrong not only from a moral stance but from a biblical one since God created everything perfectly. Since we are created perfectly in the image of God there is no reason to mess with that perfection. Medical advancement can still be within the limits of God’s perfection. The ideals and philosophy of transhumanism are directly against God and will lead to so many catastrophes and this is not an exaggeration by any means.

Possible outcomes of vax

The process of protein synthesis by the cell starts with the information encoded by God inside our DNA. The new form of vaccine bypasses our DNA and gives our cells “orders” on how and when to make a protein. 

This new protein is then inserted into the cell wall and the immune response takes over, flagging the cell as an intruder and producing antibodies against this new unknown protein. 

On paper and inside the lab this is how the new vaccine is supposed to work. However, the human body is not the lab with all of its controlled circumstances. 

While the body tries to maintain homeostasis, that is it tries to resist changes in the environment that can alter the bodies ability to perform chemical reactions inside the body such as keeping the same temperature, maintaining a Ph balance of 7.35 to 7.45, or the level of extracellular sodium; it often fails to maintain the level of control you can have inside the laboratory. 

When God created us He understood this concept far better than we can in our fallen state. He made robust proteins that could withstand the extreme conditions our body has to deal with to maintain life but now we are being asked to insert proteins into our body that were not made by our Creator but by infallible men.  

The shape of a protein will be altered by its environment, this is one reason why the body maintains homeostasis.  The shape of a protein is what makes the protein functional, useless, or even harmful inside or outside of the cell. 

Sometimes when the shape of a protein is altered inside of our bodies, because of changes in the environment, the protein takes a shape that is harmful to life. This harmful shape of the protein is called a prion. 

Listen to scientist and Medical Doctor Bart Classen discuss the problems of prion disease and the new Covid vaccine.  He states, 

“The concern is raised that the RNA based COVID vaccines have the potential to cause more disease than the epidemic of COVID-19…” This paper focuses on a novel potential adverse event mechanism causing prion disease which could be even more common and debilitating than the viral infection the vaccine is designed to prevent. While this paper focuses on one potential adverse event there are multiple other potential fatal adverse events as discussed below. Over the last two decades, there has been a concern among certain scientists that prions could be used as bioweapons. More recently there has been a concern that ubiquitous intracellular molecules could be activated to cause prion disease including Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, and other neurodegenerative diseases. This concern originates due to the potential for misuse of research data on the mechanisms by which certain RNA binding proteins like TDP-43, FUS, and others can be activated to form disease-causing prions. 

The fact that this research, which could be used for bioweapons development, is funded by private organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ellison Medical Foundation without national/international oversight is also a concern.

Orthodoxy on Health

The Church has very simple ideas on health. They all mostly center around prayer, “As a consequence, the Church has always recognized two dimensions to the healing process. On the one hand is the recognition that our whole life is in the hands of God. We are – body and soul – his creatures, and it is to Him that we turn in moments of illness, both physical and emotional. He is, in the first and most fundamental sense, “the healer of soul and body,” as it says in the Orthodox priest’s Prayer Book.’ In the Orthodox Church, we not only pray for the healing of sickness through priestly “Prayers for the Sick,” but the Church has always offered the healing of God to the faithful through the sacrament of Anointing, or Unction,” from the GOARCH website https://www.goarch.org/-/for-the-health-of-body-and-soul-an-eastern-orthodox-introduction-to-bioethics. This shows how simple we should really think of all the health concerns with this pandemic. The fear being perpetuated right now is not a fear of God but of something so small that you can’t even see it. Do you see how demonic that is? The world should fear and love God above all else.

Final Thoughts

Today our faith has become weakened by the world and its secular views. Our parishes have been closed and around the world, our Priests are being threatened with fines because they want to open up their parish and hold the Liturgy. People have become more fearful of death than they should. They are fearing losing this fleeting material life. Why? If we truly believe in our Lord and Savior then why do we fear death? We should pray and understand that death can come at any time. Salvation is not being healthy in a material way but in a spiritual way. We confess our sins and we receive the Holy Gifts then we go and pray in the morning and at night before bed and before meals. Prayer and love for God are the real miracle medicines, not a vaccine or a pill. If anything those things allow us to have more time to repent but that does not mean we use them for our salvation, that is not what they are meant for. Worldly medicine only heals the body, not the soul. Our souls are something that needs to be healed and repaired daily. If we forget this we lose our way on the narrow path to Heaven and the eternal Kingdom. 

Prayer For All Sick People

O Lord Almighty, healer of our souls and bodies, Who putteth down and raiseth up, Who chastiseth and health also; now, in Thy great mercy, visit our brothers and sisters who are sick. Stretch forth Thy hand that is full of healing and health, and raise them up, and cure them of their illness. Put away from them the spirit of disease and of every malady, pain and fever to which they are bound. And if they have sins and transgressions, grant to them remission and forgiveness, for Thou lovest humankind. Yea, O Lord my God, have pity on Thy creation, through the compassions of Thine only-begotten Son, together with Thine all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, with whom Thou art blessed, both now and ever, and to ages of ages.

Prayer For Protection

O Lord, Thou who steadied the hand of Peter as he began to sink on the stormy sea, if Thou are with me, no one is against me. Grant to me the shield of faith and the mighty armor of the Holy Spirit to protect me and guide me to do Thy will. The future I put into Thy hands, O Lord, and I follow Thee to a life in Christ. Amen

Prayer Against Fear

O Greatly-merciful Master, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and cleanse me from every sadness and disturbance and cowardice. Drive away from me every spiritual choking and demonic sorrow, that I sense in my body and my soul. For You are our Joy, and the hope of all the ends of the earth, and those far off at sea. Be merciful to me, O Master, upon my sins. Take from me the heavy burden of sin and despair. Drive far away from me every sadness and laziness. Confirm me in Your Love, and with unassailable hope and unshakable faith in You, through the intercessions of Your Spotless Mother, and all Your Saints. Amen.

Prayer For Discernment

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, who didst lead the people of Israel in a land of unsown, land of drought and deep darkness, a land none may pass through or dwell in: do thou, the same Lord, lead me all the days of my life, giving me to discern the times and their signs, and to redeem time’s passage— for the days are evil— guiding me in the way that I should go, that I may ever say: I love thee, O Lord, for thou hast heard the voice of my supplication from my mother’s womb, yea, from all eternity, and thou art the Way and the Truth, and the Resurrection and the Life, the Sunshine that ripens all who live and repose in thee, the Peace of God, and also our Peace with him: always, now and ever and unto ages of ages, Amen.

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https://www.modernatx.com/mrna-technology/mrna-platform-enabling-drug-discovery-development

https://www.sott.net/article/448574-Immunologist-Pfizer-Moderna-vaccines-could-cause-long-term-chronic-illness

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https://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2020/11/16/what-you-need-to-know-about-modernas-covid-19-vaccine/?sh=72f2b1ee1a53

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https://www.goarch.org/-/for-the-health-of-body-and-soul-an-eastern-orthodox-introduction-to-bioethics

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Pay Close Attention

I am going to be going through some quotes from the two articles in an odd manner and adding in my two fiat cents worth. 

http://www.monomakhos.com/the-broken-covenant/  

 “I am going to leave a comment here, but I am NOT going to leave my name. Why, you may ask? Because I am an Orthodox priest. You may call me a coward if you want to. That’s OK with me. I am writing anonymously because I cannot trust my fellow priests OR lay people OR the hierarchs. On a few occasions I have made comments about injustices done to priests by their bishops and was then threatened by my bishop. The priest was guilty of simply speaking the truth. Guilty of speaking the truth about what the Scriptures teach, guilty for asking questions of the bishops about their compromises with sin, their turning a blind-eye to the scandalous behaviors of wealthy, politically connected laypeople who support abortion and gay marriage and family members who live in open homosexual relationships. There are many hundreds of priests who are afraid to speak the truth because if they do their hierarch will suspend them, or remove them from their parish. In other words, deprive them of their livelihood! There are many good and pious priests who are trying to care for their people and protect them from the secularist agenda of the present political administration. Instead of being supported by their bishops they are censured, ridiculed and labeled as bigots, racists, narrow-minded, malcontents, trouble-makers and rabble-rousers. They are labeled and therefore marginalized I am fearful of the very people who I should trust, but I can’t. If liberal-minded laypeople don’t turn in the priests they despise then other priests will “throw them under the bus.” We are becoming like the Orthodox Church in Russia, in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, when people would turn in others to the church authorities and political authorities for whatever reasons suited them. We are truly living in the “last days” If not the last days before our Lord’s return, then certainly the last days of our American liberty and republic.” This is from the website Orthodox Reflections https://orthodoxreflections.com/orthodox-priests-joining-the-fight-will-change-everything/  These words are very troubling but we must have faith that these things will work out. So be it if you or your Priest are called what is said in the quote, your goal is salvation, not to focus on the way in which others think and see you. Sadly in these times asking for forgiveness doesn’t come as often as it should so pray for them and move on things will work out in the end. We should support our Priests and all the hierarchy that support the Faith and are not allowing the world to dictate to them how they will do that.

Quotes from  http://www.monomakhos.com/the-broken-covenant/  “Priests have been taught from seminary that they are to be martyrs to their parish communities.  They are to witness the faith and be an icon of Christ, even if it means forfeiting their own lives.  However, now, in addition to dispensing the Holy Mysteries, they needed training in epidemiology.” Another quote from that article “As the priests, one by one, objected they were told that they were the only priest having the problem.  Some priests who objected were told they might need a psych exam.  After all, if someone doesn’t care if people die and are continuing in practices leading to death and are therefore guilty of murder, the priest must be crazy!  Lock him up for his own good!”, the words for this quote are theatrical but they are the truth not just for clergy but also for laypeople who have chosen not to wear a mask in Church or anywhere. 

“The bishops, on the other hand, occupy their time critiquing their priests, while flipping back and forth between CNN and MSNBC to get the latest news.   They busy themselves with writing encyclicals to explain the unexplainable, like how it is possible to be an Orthodox Christian and vote for a platform that promotes abortion, knowing in two states full term babies are being murdered.   This has become their witness to God and the Church during the most difficult year in recent history.” This seems to be something that you would think people would all be against but we have to understand that there are people in the Church who are there to move the Church in a terrible direction and it takes seconds to find this information. 

“Lastly, the great influencer of the Church’s new practices has been the government of the United States.  “Put not your trust in princes nor in the son of men,” they say.  Yet when the governors, the CDC, or a physician tells us to stop acting like the Church, we obey.  Isn’t that what the Church did when Caesar, the Turks, and Stalin wanted the Holy Church to cease and desist?  Did we not comply with disastrous results?  Are we doomed to repeat the same mistakes?” I think we are because we don’t pay attention to what’s happening and many people follow along to get along, which is a terrible way to live your life.

I recommend going and reading both articles in full. I just wanted to pull some of the quotes that stood out to me at first glance. There is so much more in these articles that we should read and think about. Creepy things are happening and there must be some sort of push back that isn’t totally violent or things will get truly horrifying and we won’t know how to make things right again. Do not despair if you are having troubles with these things for there is no reason to, “Do not let anything deprive you of hope” says St Nektarios of Aegina. Those are very wise words and they should be remembered in these crazy times.

Take A Break

Today in the new year there are so many things that people can do. With the nonsense of worrying about the Presidency and all the Covid stuff and the vaccine it would be good for everyone to take a break and just breathe. Like last year everyone had the time to do what they always wanted to do but never had the time to do so. For that was writing my first book. I am very much an optimist and I would like everyone else to be so as well. This new year brings us hope. A hope that we can be much more clear with ourselves as to what is really happening in the world today. 

We have a vaccine that is being pushed as the savior of our lives and the ability to go back to “Normal”. Of course, there wasn’t really a normal to begin with, everything in the last four or five years has been abnormal. Who would have thunk it that a person in a political seat could cause so much without even really doing anything. We all know what really runs this world and it ain’t no random dude who gets elected to the presidency. With that in mind I would like to draw attention to what people should be doing this year. PRAYER!!!! Probably the most important thing anyone can do in these crazy times is to pray and have faith that this will all end soon and we will be truly at peace. I know that the Churches around the world are requiring a face diaper but that can be avoided by just talking with your Priest, and Bishops. By doing so with a good heart and prayer beforehand we can help our fellow Christians see what’s wrong with the way things are going. I think personally most of this process is handling itself, I say this because the Churches in Greece chose to disobey the mandate to shut down services and open up for Theophany and said they would cover any fees.   https://orthochristian.com/136579.html 

All of this is wonderful news and should be celebrated. As we look to the future we can see that there will still be a struggle, but that is just the way of things. The struggle is good for us, it allows us to overcome things. 

In the coming weeks we should be gladdened by the ability for us to be able to attend Church. For those who still can’t we need to pray for them and pray for those who are choosing not to attend for fear of contracting a virus that has the highest survival rate of any “world pandemic” ever. If you do feel as though you  are ill then get ahold of Holy Water, “Drink Holy Water as often as possible. It’s the best and most effective medicine. I say this not as a bishop, but as a doctor, from my experience in medicine.” St Luke of Simferopol. The words of Saints are never wrong and we need to read them more often as well as the Scripture. Be mindful of the things that are out there and be very careful because anything can happen. Do not be scared of everything but walk with caution and pray.

O Lord Almighty, healer of our souls and bodies, Who putteth down and raiseth up, Who chastiseth and health also; now, in Thy great mercy, visit our brothers and sisters who are sick. Stretch forth Thy hand that is full of healing and health, and raise them up, and cure them of their illness. Put away from them the spirit of disease and of every malady, pain and fever to which they are bound. And if they have sins and transgressions, grant to them remission and forgiveness, for Thou lovest humankind. Yea, O Lord my God, have pity on Thy creation, through the compassions of Thine only-begotten Son, together with Thine all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, with whom Thou art blessed, both now and ever, and to ages of ages.

Hope

In the pandemic there has been a rise in suicide. This all being the result of the stress of the pandemic and individuals mental health. I personally feel as though suicide is one of the main factors that hinder the youth of our nation and other nations around the world. Having dealt with my own personal struggles there is very real consequences when we don’t take time to look at ourselves and determine how we feel.

The fact that we are mostly working from home and no longer able to see our friends in the workplace and be able to talk and get that human contact that we all really want is becoming rare. There are reports of attempted suicides on the rise across the country in part because of the contactless living we are under. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-08-pandemic-effect-suicide-heightens.html a report on New Mexico and the rise in attempts there. Even the military is having a rise in suicide https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/10/01/suicide-rate-among-active-duty-troops-jumps-six-year-high/5879477002/. This whole pandemic has caused those with already very fragile mental health to become very unstable. Those who have mental disorders already feel like outcasts or even shunned by society and adding to that the trauma of a world pandemic that has been said to be so deadly it kills everyone who gets it in some cases. The massive leap in cases shows how deeply we need something better in our lives. The fact that at the beginning of the pandemic Churches were closed, is not good for those who really needed to be with someone who can give them help.

In time the pandemic may go away and something totally catastrophic will happen in the world that takes the place of the pandemic but for now we need to be focused on our own lives and things we know we can control. Our mental health is the one thing that can truly keep you healthy. The mind and the body have the kind of mechanical connection that if one or the other is in disrepair everything else will eventually crumble. If you constantly think that you’re a terrible person and all sorts of other things then your physical appearance will show that as well. If you think that you are healthy and perfect then it will show as well, sort of a physics thing. Remember though to not become egotistical and be full of yourself or you may fall into great sins. If you need references for that read the Bible or the saints who talked about such things.

There are a great many ways people can keep from falling into despair and depression and suicidal thoughts. For me it is in Orthodoxy I find refuge in the lives of saints and the daily readings of the Bible as well as being able to go to Church for the Liturgy. I also have writing out my thoughts like a goth teen and playing and working on instruments. Things that I can feel good about after having finished a project keep me from being depressed about whatever it is that gets me down at times. I also go to my priest and talk to him at times. Its not my place to say to those out there who are not Orthodox but confession is another way to get rid of these things that make us feel ill and dirty. Especially when we have suicidal thoughts.

St Nektarios of Aegina says “Don’t let anything deprive you of hope” this is to be remembered, St Ephraim The Syrian says “Don’t lose heart. There is hope, and it is Christ.” There are many other quotes I could use but the point is that right now with all the hopelessness in the world we need to find Christ and go to the Liturgy and be in the Church. There is hope in Christ and when we realize that we have no need to despair over anything in the world.

The Father is my hope; the Son is my refuge; the Holy Spirit is my protector. O All-holy Trinity, glory to You.

New Book

I recently published the ebook version of my book. I am writing something that I feel needs to be read and known as well as offering a story that to my knowledge hasn’t been told. The future is bleak but with Christ everything is possible.

I wanted to write out the whole book in one go but it didn’t turn out that way. My vision for the book became farther and farther away and I needed more time. My personal deadline for the book was before December. There is a man named Blackie Lawless of the band W.A.S.P. who in a conference for his album Golgotha talked about the vision one has when undertaking something of great importance that person should always keep that beginning vision until the end. He realized when he was writing the album Golgotha that the more time he took the less he saw the original vision for the album. In this I took the idea that when an artist, writer, composer, or whatever it is they do creatively need to keep the original vision through to the end. When artist start to nitpick at what they made they tend to lose the original idea and everything falls apart. I didn’t want that to happen with me so I chose to break the book into two or maybe three parts, I’m still not sure about it.

I am however already putting together the main parts for the second part. I’m hoping that in time the final product is something people enjoy whether they are Orthodox Christian or not. The very basic message of the book is hope even in times when you are so oppressed that you think nothing good can ever happen. Hope is something people today tend to be pessimistic about but it is much needed in our life right now.

Please buy and enjoy the first part of an adventure that has love and hope at its core. Enjoy!!!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MCNX9GW

Keeping Faith

In the trials of our time, we have so many hurdles that come before us. The obvious pandemic has its own set of hurdles, but there is also that of our faith. As a Catechumen in the Orthodox Church, I have a whole new set of hurdles. These hurdles are not really related to the Church just things that come along with converting to Orthodoxy, killing the old man, and bringing the new man forth. It is a struggle, but everyday people struggle with even little things like what to eat and what color they want their baby’s room to be. Through this the main principle of keeping true to the Faith and struggling in the world of passions and sins so that we can purify ourselves and have salvation. The orthodox definition of salvation is an ongoing process of purification that reaches beyond this world into eternity. It is referred to as deification or theosis. An article to read on theosis would be this one http://orthodoxinfo.com/general/theosis-english.pdf.

The faith that is at times so much of a struggle that some begin to despair and feel as though there is nothing that can help them. In this we are called to help them, we don’t have to be priests or monks to do. We can be the angel unawares to those who have become distant in faith. It is a requirement that we be lights in the dark of this world. This is sometimes hard to do especially when we are looking out at something that seems hopeless, but we need to persevere and help those who can’t help themselves. When we help our brothers and sisters in Christ, we can get satisfaction knowing we helped someone even little things like helping grandmother get something from a top shelf or greater things when we help the homeless, the sick, and the suffering. These things become unnoticeably a calling and something that at first is hard but afterward, it feels as though someone else is doing it and you are just there watching.

I write this because there is a hole in the world that seems to be being filled with something that demoralizes people without their knowledge. It seems to be a popular idea that we need to be feminists, BLM supporters, communist/socialist, as well as blind followers to people who are the presumed experts. The Churches are told to keep the people distanced and that they wear the masks. The pandemic has helped many have extra time to research the world and see things differently. From this, some have woken up to the agenda in play and are attempting to take steps towards true freedom. Knowing that the masks are a symbol of our oppression and that we are called not to be followers of Christ but sheep to the system. The system that calls for mandatory vaccinations and abortion on demand even forcing some to stay inside their homes for the good of humanity. I  don’t personally see how so many people have succumbed to these demands of mask-wearing and lockdowns when just a few years ago the mass media talked about personal health rights, yet now they say you have no right to think for yourself. This is part of the struggle on the path to salvation, to struggle with the world and always keep our eyes and hearts on God. “Even if we fall a hundred times a day, it does not matter; we must get up and go on walking toward God without looking back.” Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica, an important quote in my own opinion.

The ideas that are out there are going to bring people down, but we need to remember to be positive. Having a happy outlook on life and being appreciative of everything that God puts in front of us even if we fail. There is no time that we are not faced with a passion or sin that can not be turned away from. If we stand tall in the faith and understand that our life in this world is fleeting and we are going to be gone soon, we need to have our focus on what really matters. If we forget that there is always room for sin to enter and cause any number of issues. “Do not let anything deprive you of hope” St Nektarios of Aegina. “Blessed the one who farms fair and good thoughts each day and by hope conquers the wicked passion of despondency, by which the Lord’s ascetics are warred upon.” St. Ephrem of Syria. “Everything in this life passes away only God remains, only He is worth struggling towards. We have a choice: to follow the way of this world, of the society that surrounds us, and thereby find ourselves outside of God; or to choose the way of life, to choose God Who calls us and for Whom our heart is searching.” Blessed Fr Seraphim Rose. Remember to always help those in need and be positive and happy to those around you.

here is a video that can help understand that its better to be positive than negative towards others if you are not religious https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1sWVjXhKfg