π. Συμεών Γρηγοριάτης από το Περού – Από τον Ρωμαιοκαθολικισμό, Ορθόδοξος Μοναχός στο Άγιο Όρος

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π. Συμεών Γρηγοριάτης από το Περού

Από τον Ρωμαιοκαθολικισμό, Ορθόδοξος Μοναχός στο Άγιο Όρος

Περουβιανός Συμεών Γρηγοριάτης:

«Μιά μέρα συνάντησα στό Παρίσι σ᾽ ἕνα ἑστιατόριο ἕναν ὀρθόδοξο μοναχό πού ἐπρόκειτο ν᾽ ἀλλάξη ὁλόκληρη τή ζωή μου. “Ἡ ὀρθοδοξία ἀνακεφαλαιώνεται σ᾽ αὐτά τά λόγια, μοῦ εἶπε. Ὁ Θεός ἔγινε ἄνθρωπος γιά νά γίνη ὁ ἄνθρωπος θεός κατά χάριν καί μετοχήν. Καί αὐτό σημαίνει ὅτι ὅπως ὅταν βάλης ἕνα σίδερο στή φωτιά τό σίδερο γίνεται φωτιά διά τῆς συμμετοχῆς στό πῦρ, ἔτσι κι ὅταν ὁ ἄνθρωπος μετέχη τοῦ θείου πυρός γίνεται κι αὐτός καί πῦρ καί φῶς καί θεός κατά χάριν”.

Αὐτός μοῦ εἶπε τότε ὅτι στήν Ἑλλάδα ὑπάρχει μιά χερσόνησος ὅπου οἱ μοναχοί ἐπαναλαμβάνουν τό ὄνομα τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ὥσπου νά γραφῆ στίς καρδιές τους. Τόν ρώτησα τότε ἄν ὑπάρχουν ποιητές στήν ὀρθοδοξία καί μοῦ ἀπάντησε ὅτι ὑπάρχουν πολλοί, κι ἕνας ἀπ᾽ αὐτούς εἶναι ὁ Ἅγιος Συμεών, ὁ νέος θεολόγος, πού ἔγραψε ὔμνους ἔρωτος γιά τό Θεό.

Ὅμως, ἡ πρώτη μου ἐπαφή μέ τήν ὀρθοδοξία ἔγινε μιάν αὐγή στή Λίμα ὅπου μέ τόν ἀγαπημένο μου ξάδερφο Φερνάντο περπατούσαμε στούς ἄδειους δρόμους μετά ἀπό μιά νύκτα ἀγρυπνίας ὅπου φτιάχναμε ἕνα κολάζ. Αὐτή τήν ὥρα πέφτει μιά δροσούλα στή Λίμα, ἡ γῆ μυρίζει λιγάκι, κι ἐκείνη τήν ὥρα ξεφουρνίζουν τ᾽ ἀρτοπωλεῖα καί μυρίζει ψωμί ἡ ἀτμόσφαιρα. Μιά τέτοια ὥρα περάσαμε ἀπό τήν ὀρθόδοξη ἐκκλησία κι ὁ Φερνάντο μοῦ πρότεινε νά μποῦμε:

—Εἶναι ὡραῖα ἐκεῖ μέσα: ἔχουν σταφύλια, κρασί, ἄρτους.

Ἐγώ φαντάσθηκα κάτι σάν ἀρχαιοελληνικό συμπόσιο καί φυσικά δέχθηκα (γέλια). Ἦταν ἀνοικτή, ἀλλά ἄδεια —λίγο πρίν ξημερώση. Μ᾽ ἐντυπωσίασε βαθειά ἡ σιγή πού βασίλευε ἐκεῖ, οἱ εἰκόνες στούς τοίχους καί τ᾽ ἀναμμένα καντήλια. Καί δεξιά μου ἕνα τραπεζάκι γεμάτο ἀρτίδια —τά πρόσφορα τά ὁποῖα συνηθίζουν νά κάνουν οἱ Ρῶσοι μοῦ φάνηκαν τόσο κομψά, καί νομίζω γιά πρώτη φορά στή ζωή μου ἔκλεψα κάτι. Λίγο μετά τό ἄφησα πάνω στό πήλινο χέρι τοῦ Δημιουργοῦ πού εἶχε φτιάξει ὁ Φερνάντο στό στούντιό του, καί λίγο ἀργότερα μ᾽ “ἔκλεψε” μέ τόν ἴδιο τρόπο ἡ ὀρθοδοξία, ὅπως συνηθίζει».

Πηγή:

Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ

Θεός Ἐφανερώθη – Από τόν Ἀθεϊσμό στό Χριστό

ἐκδ. Ἁγ. Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός

Ἀθήνα 2011

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TRUTH TARGET

My journey into the True Church – Timothy Copple, Texas, USA

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HAVE FAITH – ORTHODOXY

My journey into the True Church

by Timothy Copple

Source:

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Each story I’ve heard of how people have come into the Orthodox Church has been different. Sometimes there are some general similarities, but each one has specific issues, specific circumstances and specific problems that they deal with. While I recognize that my own circumstances are not, and in some cases should not be, how others come into Orthodoxy, I do feel there were some key elements that moved me in this direction. Most inquirers/converts to Orthodoxy will deal with these key elements at some point.

So allow me to tell you a little of my own journey.

I was born and raised in Texas. We moved a lot, so over my growing up years I’ve lived in several different cities around south-central Texas. The city that I did a majority of my growing up, mostly during my teen years, was Austin, TX. So I tend to think of that as “home”. Ironically, it was in moving back to Austin after having lived in other places for around 16 years that I became Orthodox.

As I was growing up, my Father, Dalton Copple, was a part-time Baptist preacher while he worked for the local electric company around the Uvalde area. Some of my earliest memories as a kid are from those days. I recall a couple of questions I had back then, which I addressed to my Mom, Alice Fay Kiker.

One time I recall, as we were getting dressed for church, asking Mom why we had to go to church. As many people know, kids are often not really excited about going to church. You want to move, you want to play, you want to do anything but sit in a pew and listen for over an hour to people saying words and singing music. For me, however, that was not the full motivation behind my question. It was those blasted black leather shoes.

We were pretty poor people, but of course being the pastor’s family, the kids had to have decent looking shoes for church. Only problem was that our feet were constantly growing and Mom knew that we would hardly get a pair broke in before we would need a new pair. So, like any Mom aware that she had to Continue reading “My journey into the True Church – Timothy Copple, Texas, USA”

The moving change of a former prostitute in Athens, Greece ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* The Greek Nun Porphyria when she was a taxi driver in Athens helped a prostitute woman to meet God & the Orthodox Faith

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ATHEISTS MET ORTHODOXY

The moving change of a former prostitute in Athens, Greece

╰⊰¸¸.•¨*

The Greek Nun Porphyria

when she was a taxi driver in Athens helped a prostitute woman

to meet God and the Orthodox Faith

Sister Nun Porphyria (+2015) was born and raised in Piraeus, Athens, Greece. Exercise at times various professions. For ten years (1997-2007) he worked as a taxi driver in Athens and Piraeus. Meet the modern virtuous and inserts Elder Porphyrios (now he is Saint Porphyrios) of books on the life and teachings. This acquaintance brought her closer to Christ and conscious Christian life. With a strong faith and deep love to God has been working His glory and the salvation of others. So the taxi became a modern pulpit, which led many to change life, blessed lesions. In recent years she became a nun with dual purpose: to fight distractions for salvation and to minister to the modern investigational human. Nun Porphyria died in Piraeus (Athens, Greece) on 2015.

The Nun Porphyria, tells us:

“The shift is my night, eleven o’clock in the evening. I driving in the street Piraeus to Square Omonia, the center of Athens. Inside the taxi, as usual, I was talking to my sweet Jesus. Spontaneously I told myself to Christ: “The first man who would I bore signal to stop, I will go him without money, sufficient to bring him near You. Does not stop it until it reached at the streets Piraeus and Continue reading “The moving change of a former prostitute in Athens, Greece ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* The Greek Nun Porphyria when she was a taxi driver in Athens helped a prostitute woman to meet God & the Orthodox Faith”