Sister Matthaia Osswald, Germany: My great adventure in search of the Truth – A Roman Catholic nun discovered the fullness of the Truth in the Orthodox Church

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My great adventure in search of the Truth

November 2008

Sister Matthaia Osswald , Germany 

A Roman Catholic nun discovered the fullness of the Truth in the Orthodox Church.

Childhood and adolescence.   

I was born in 1961 from Protestant parents, in a town in South Germany. We lived in a suburb which had earlier been a separate village and later was integrated into a municipality. There was only one Roman Catholic family, the rest of the inhabitants being Protestants. The daughter of this family, whom I used to like very much, was in my class at the elementary school. I still remember very well that I was strictly forbidden to visit her, because they told me that it would be embarrassing for our family if anybody learned about such a thing. During the following years there was a growing tolerance on this topic. Even though the majority of the inhabitants were Protestants, with the passage of time the “Catholic” population increased and more Roman Catholic communities were created in the town.

My parents did believe in God but they would not practice their faith, for example they would never go  to church on Sundays, we would not pray, at least not together or before the meals and the topic of “God” was not discussed in our home.
However, in my grand parents’ house lived an elderly Evangelical deaconess, who earlier had been a kindergarten teacher. She was like a light for me. Every time I would visit my grand parents I would use the occasion to “disappear” and visit this nun. She would always talk about Jesus; about His miracles; how repeatedly and in different ways He had helped her; about paradise, heaven and the angels. And she would pray with me. Time with her seemed to flow very fast! I was always sad, every time I would hear a voice telling me: “Where are you again? Come quick”! My grand parents did not take kindly to the fact that I would be so long with the “pious aunt”.

One evening when I was four or five years old, I was lying in my bed thinking how terribly tiring it must be for Father God that He cannot take time off to relax. He must always stay up worrying about the people and be careful that nothing bad happens to them. I made all kinds of suggestions to Him such as for example, if He could alternate with His Son, or with the angels. Finally, I told Him, that I wished so much to help Him and that it would not bother me at all, if every now and then I stayed up all night, but neither would this help the people. On one hand these were very childish, all these thoughts of mine, but on the other hand I meant them and me never forgot, even though in the following years they faded entirely into the background. Afterward my schooling started. I became busy with other things.

Of course I never doubted the existence of God, but His existence had no importance for me and my life. It was as if they were two separate things that had no relationship with each other. All my adolescence was influenced by the fact that I always wished to be like the others (Something that I never succeeded in as I was always marginalized, which possibly was due to my exterior unpleasant appearance.) I tried everything the others did, smoke, go in the evenings to the bars, smoke marijuana, listen to rock music etc. I was then Continue reading “Sister Matthaia Osswald, Germany: My great adventure in search of the Truth – A Roman Catholic nun discovered the fullness of the Truth in the Orthodox Church”

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Ο Άγιος Αμφιλόχιος Μακρής της Πάτμου (+1970) όταν ήταν εν ζωή έσωσε με θαυμαστή επέμβαση του Θεού μία γυναίκα που ήθελε να αυτοκτονήσει στην Ικαρία

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Ο Άγιος Αμφιλόχιος Μακρής της Πάτμου (+1970)

όταν ήταν εν ζωή έσωσε με θαυμαστή επέμβαση του Θεού μία γυναίκα

που ήθελε να αυτοκτονήσει στην Ικαρία

«“Ἦταν Κυριακή μετά τό πέρας τῆς Θ. Λειτουργίας”, ἀφηγεῖται ὁ π. Παῦλος Νικηταρᾶς. “Ὁ Γέροντας Ἀμφιλόχιος Μακρῆς (+1970) εἶχε μία πάνινη καρέκλα ἀναπαύσεως καί σέ αὐτή ἦταν ἀνακεκλιμένος, προσηλωμένος στήν καλλιέργεια τῆς εὐχῆς. Ἀκούει τότε καθαρά: Πήγαινε στήν Ἰκαρία νά βρῆς τήν Ἑλένη.
Δέν ἔδωσε σημασία στή φωνή, γιατί τό θεώρησε πειρασμικό. Ὅταν, ὅμως, ἄκουσε τή φωνή καί γιά δεύτερη καί τρίτη φορά, χωρίς ἀναβολή σηκώνεται. Τρέχει καί παίρνει τό πρῶτο σκάφος γιά τήν Ἰκαρία. Φθάνει στό λιμάνι καί ἐκεῖ βλέπει μία γυναῖκα νά τρέχη. Φωνάζει τήν ἄγνωστη γυναίκα μέ τό ὄνομά της:

—Παιδί μου, Ἑλένη, στάσου!

Ἡ γυναίκα στρέφεται στόν ἱερωμένο:

—Συγχώρεσέ με, Πάτερ. Μέ προλάβατε, θά αὐτοκτονοῦσα. Ἤμουν ἀπελπισμένη γιατί πέθανε ὁ ἄνδρας μου.

—Παιδί μου, δέν θέλω νά ἀπελπίζεσαι. Ἐγώ θά εἶμαι κοντά σου. Ἀπό δῶ καί πέρα ἐγώ θά εἶμαι ὁ πνευματικός σου πατέρας”».

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Η μεταστροφή μίας Αγγλίδας Καθηγήτριας Πανεπιστημίου από την γνωριμία της με τον Άγιο Αμφιλόχιο Μακρή της Πάτμου (+1970)

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Καθηγήτριας Πανεπιστημίου από την γνωριμία της με τον

Άγιο Αμφιλόχιο Μακρή της Πάτμου (+1970)

«“Ὅταν τό 1969”, ἀφηγεῖται ἕνα πνευματικό του τέκνο, “εἴχαμε πάει στήν Πάτμο, ἦταν ἐκεῖ μία Ἀγγλίδα Καθηγήτρια Πανεπιστημίου, ἡ ὁποῖα εἶχε γνωρίσει προηγουμένως τόν Γέροντα Ἀμφιλόχιο Μακρῆ τῆς Πάτμου (+1970) καί χάρι σ᾽ αὐτόν ἔγινε εἶχε γίνει Ὀρθόδοξη. Ὅταν τή ρωτήσαμε τί ἦταν αὐτό πού τήν ἔκανε νά μεταστραφῆ στήν Ὀρθοδοξία, μᾶς ἀπάντησε: ‘Δύσκολη ἡ ἐρώτησί σας. Ἄν, ὅμως, ἐπιμένετε νά σᾶς τήν ἀπαντήσω, σᾶς λέω ὅτι γιά μένα Ὀρθοδοξία εἶναι αὐτός ὁ Γέροντας’».

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Which Came First: New Testament or the Church? – Fr. James Bernstein, WA, USA

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Which Came First: New Testament or the Church?

by Fr. James Bernstein, WA, USA

Source:

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Which Came First: New Testament or the Church?

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

A convert to Christianity from Judaism, Fr. James was a teenage chess champion whose dramatic conversion experience at the age of 16 led him to Christianity, and is also one of the founders of Jews For Jesus. His journey led him directly to the Orthodox Christian faith, and his journey is recounted in his book “Surprised By Christ,” the story of a man searching for the truth and unable to rest until he finds it. He is the priest at St. Paul Church in Brier, WA.

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As a Jewish convert to Christ via evangelical Protestantism, I naturally wanted to know God better through the reading of the Scriptures. In fact, it had been through reading the Gospels in the “forbidden book” called the New Testament, at age sixteen, that I had come to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our promised Messiah. In my early years as a Christian, much of my religious education came from private Bible reading.

By the time I entered college, I had a pocket-sized version of the whole Bible that was my constant companion. I would commit favorite passages from the Scriptures to memory, and often quote them to myself in times of temptation-or to others as I sought to convince them of Christ. The Bible became for me-as it is to this day-the most important book in print. I can say from my heart with Saint Paul the Apostle,

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

That’s the good news!

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Vietnam, 2017: The Mother of God appears to Vietnamese woman in coma, who then converts to Orthodoxy

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The newly-baptized Anna is seated in the picture

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Vietnam, 2017:

The Mother of God appears to Vietnamese woman in coma,

who then converts to Orthodoxy

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The Mother of God Appears to Vietnamese Woman in Coma, who then Converts to Orthodoxy

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

Fr. George Maximov, a Moscow priest who often serves on missionary trips throughout Asia, has posted on his Facebook page the words of a Vietnamese woman who converted to Orthodoxy after the Mother of God appeared to her.

The woman, Nguyen Thi Mai Anh, a former Buddhist living and working in Vũng Tàu, Vietnam, was baptized into Holy Orthodoxy on Holy Saturday this year [2017].

She writes of “something incredible” happening in her life about a year ago: “I was lying in a coma in the hospital. During this time I saw a radiance, a bright light, and directly in front of me appeared the Virgin Mary Theotokos. She handed me a bottle of water and gave me to drink. As soon as I drank the water, the light and the Theotokos disappeared.”

“In the morning the next day,” she continues, “I suddenly came out of the coma after being unconscious for so long.” Nguyen survived, and she began to pray to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Mother for a speedy recovery, and decided she would become a Christian when she returned home.

“A few days later, another vision appeared to me in a dream, that there would be a man who would lead me to the Church, and that I would eat Bread there and drink Holy Water together with everyone, and walk around the church,” she continues.

After she was released and returned home, a friend came to her, bearing an icon of the Mother of God with the Savior. “I was incredibly happy, because it was the same image I had seen in my dream. I was very happy, and I told my friend about what I had seen in the dream, and he took me to an Orthodox Church where Russians pray in the 5th district of the city of Vũng Tàu, to meet the Lord and the Theotokos there,” Nguyen recalls.

The woman was later baptized in the same church and “born again under the protection of the Most-Holy Theotokos and by the grace of the Lord.”

“I am infinitely happy!” she exclaims, continuing, “Thanks to Thee, O Lord and to thee, O Theotokos, for my ‘second birth’ and the gift of the Fountain of Life!”

Fr. George notes that she broke her leg just before her Baptism, but this did not deter her. She was baptized with the name of Anna, and now reads prayers in the Vietnamese language during the services.

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Περιστατικά απ᾽τη ζωή του Μαρτυρικού

& Αγιασμένου π. Κοσμά Γρηγοριάτη Ισαποστόλου του Κονγκό (+1989)

Ορθόδοξα Ιστολόγια

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