Πώς γλίτωσε μία οικογένεια από το διαζύγιο

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Πώς γλίτωσε μία οικογένεια από το διαζύγιο

Τό ἄκουγε, τό διάβαζε, μά δέν τῆς περνοῦσε ποτέ ἀπ᾽ τό νοῦ ὅτι θά τό ζοῦσε καί ἡ ἴδια.

Ὁ Νότης ἦταν ὁ διαλεχτός τῆς καρδιᾶς της. Ἦταν αὐτό πού ποθοῦσε ἀπό χρόνια. Μικροβιολόγος αὐτή. Φυσικός ἐκεῖνος εἶχαν στρώσει πιά τίς δουλειές τους καί ὅλα φαίνονταν ρόδινα· ταξίδια, μεγάλη ζωή, καμμιά ἀπολύτως δυσκολία…
Τό φροντιστήριό του καί τό ἐργαστήριό της ἔμοιαζαν μέ χρυσωρυχεῖα. Οἱ καταθέσεις τους στήν τράπεζα πλήθαιναν διαρκῶς.

Ὁ γάμος τους μέ τόν πιό φανταχτερό διάκοσμο στή Μητρόπολη καί τό γαμήλιο δεῖπνο στό πολυτελέστατο ξενοδοχεῖο τούς ἔνωσαν καί ἐπίσημα κάτω ἀπ᾽ τήν ἴδια στέγη. Φορτωμένοι μέ τίς εὐχές, τά χαμόγελα καί τά γλυκόλογα τῶν φίλων καί συγγενῶν πέρασαν τό μῆνα τοῦ μέλιτος στή Γαλλοϊταλική Ριβιέρα. Γνώρισαν ἀπό κοντά τά πιό ξακουστά κοσμοπολίτικα κέντρα τῶν βορειοδυτικῶν ἀκτῶν τῆς Μεσογείου…

Τό ἀγοράκι πού ἦλθε στήν ὥρα του στή ζωή τους τούς ἔνωσε ἀκόμα πιό πολύ. Θυμᾶται τί χαρά ἔκανε ὁ εὐτυχισμένος μπαμπάς παίρνοντάς το γιά πρώτη φορά στήν ἀγκαλιά του ἀπ᾽ τά χέρια της!

Τό βάφτισαν σύντομα καί γέμισε τό σπίτι τους μέ τά δῶρα τῶν φίλων, ἀλλά καί μέ Continue reading “Πώς γλίτωσε μία οικογένεια από το διαζύγιο”

Converting to Orthodoxy in Spain – Francisco José Pino Rodríguez

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Converting to Orthodoxy in Spain

Francisco José Pino Rodríguez

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

I was born in 1976 and, even though practically all the members of my family were atheists (some of them Communist, others Anarchist), thanks to my grandmother I was baptised in the Latin (Catholic) Church as a baby and took my First Communion when I was 9 or 10. As you can imagine, I did not receive any kind of religious education at home. However, when I was 16 or 17, I started asking myself questions and began a journey through different Western Christian denominations that would finally lead me to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church in the year 2005.

Some years before that, however (in 2000 or 2001, I would say), I bought a small icon of Our Lord Jesus Christ in a Street market. When I looked at the image of our Saviour, it seemed as if He was looking at me, and this fascination for Byzantine art led me to start studying Orthodoxy. At first the interest was purely intellectual, but gradually I started wondering whether Orthodoxy would be a valid option for me. This question grew withing me little by little. At that time, however, I was not ready to say ‘yes’ to Orthodoxy, as it seemed something completely alien to my culture, language, etc. Please bear in mind that, as I told you, I was a committed Catholic since 2005. Nontheless, I continued reading extensively about the Orthodox Church and learning more each day.

In 2011 my interest in Orthodoxy had become so pressing that I thought I had to do something about it. Even though I perceived that there were some difficulties, I decided to spend some days at an Orthodox monastery in Cantauque (France) to know Orthodoxy in action and have some time to Continue reading “Converting to Orthodoxy in Spain – Francisco José Pino Rodríguez”