Schwester Matthaia Osswald, Deutschland: Das lange Abenteuer auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German

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Schwester Matthaia Osswald, Deutschland:

Das lange Abenteuer auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit 

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Die Geschichte erzählt, wie eine röm.-kath. Schwester die Fülle der Wahrheit in der orthodoxen Kirche gefunden hat.

Kindheit und Jugend

Geboren wurde ich 1961 als Kind protestantischer Eltern in einer süddeutschen Kreisstadt. Wir lebten in einem Vorort, der früher ein eigenes Dorf gewesen war und erst später eingemeindet wurde. Dort gab es nur eine einzige röm.-katholische Familie, alle anderen Einwohner waren Protestanten. In der Grundschule war die Tochter dieser Familie eine Klassenkameradin von mir, die ich eigentlich ganz gerne mochte. Ich kann mich noch sehr gut daran erinnern, dass es mir strengstens verboten war, sie zu besuchen, denn mir wurde gesagt, dass es eine Schande für unsere Familie wäre, wenn jemand davon erfahren würde. In späteren Jahren wuchs die Toleranz in dieser Hinsicht. Wenn auch die Mehrzahl der Einwohner protestantisch ist, so gibt es doch mittlerweile auch viele Katholiken und mehrere röm.-kath. Kirchengemeinden in der Stadt.

Meine Eltern glaubten zwar an Gott, aber sie praktizierten ihren Glauben nicht, d.h. wir gingen sonntags nicht in die Kirche, beteten nicht, zumindest nicht gemeinsam oder vor den Mahlzeiten und Gott war kein Thema bei uns zu Hause.

Im Haus meiner Großeltern wohnte allerdings eine alte, evangelische Diakonissenschwester, die früher Kindergärtnerin gewesen war. Sie war wie ein Licht für mich. Immer wenn ich meine Großeltern besuchte, nutzte ich jede Gelegenheit um zu „entwischen” und diese Schwester zu besuchen. Sie erzählte mir immer von Jesus, von den Wundern, die er getan hatte, wie er ihr Continue reading “Schwester Matthaia Osswald, Deutschland: Das lange Abenteuer auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German”

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Heavenly Birth of Archimandrite Symeon of Tolleshunt Knights, Essex, England

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Heavenly Birth of Archimandrite Symeon

of Tolleshunt Knights, Essex, England

Archimandrite Symeon died in the very early hours of Friday 21 August 2009 at the monastery of St John the Baptist where he lived at Tolleshunt Knights, near Maldon in Essex, as a result of lymphoma. He was fully conscious to the last and died in great peace.

His funeral was celebrated at 3pm on the Friday in the monastery church, where the brothers and sisters of the community were joined by a congregatino of nearly 500 who had come from all over Britain, various countries in Europe and Russia. The body of Father Symeon will rest from now on in the crypt of the monastery, beside that of Father Sophrony (Sakharov), of whom he has been one of the oldest disciples.

Born in 1928 in the canton of Vaux in Switzerland, René Jean Bruschweiler studied law at university and began to practise as an advocate, until he encountered the Orthodox Church, and then the monastic life, through close contact with Archimandrite Sophrony. Father Sophrony had come back from Mount Athos because of health problems and settled at the castle at Sainte Geneviève des Bois. Symeon then followed his spiritual father when he left in 1959, with five other monks who had come and enlarged the community, to found a monastery in south-east England.

Father Symeon translated the works of Archimandrite Sophrony from Russian into French, the most famous being Saint Silouan, Monk of Mount Athos, as well as several important works by Saint Ignatius Briantchaninov.

Quiet, humble, gentle, pure-hearted and good, Archimandrite Symeon attracted a great number of spiritual children, monastic and lay, after Archimandrite Sophrony died. He regularly visited France for the annual congress of the Association of Saint Silouan, of which he was president and other conferences, and was assiduous in his visits to monasteries with which he had a particular association and concern, especially as a much loved and deeply revered confessor.

May he rest in peace and may his memory be eternal.

Fr. Pierre Haab, Switzerland: His long journey from Roman Catholicism, Buddhism and Hinduism to Orthodoxy

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Fr. Pierre Haab, Switzerland: His long journey from Roman Catholicism, Buddhism and Hinduism to Orthodoxy

Aviv Saliu-Diallo, Pierre Haab

Fr. Pierre Haab, a Swiss former Roman Catholic who was disappointed with his religion and was carried away by Buddhism, Hinduism and other screamingly “fashionable” Eastern teachings and who is now a subdeacon of the Orthodox Cathedral of the Exaltation of the Cross in Geneva, speaks about his conversion to Orthodoxy.

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—Can you tell us a few words about your family, education and the story of your conversion to the Orthodox faith?

I was born in an under-developed, impoverished, hungry country where the sky is permanently overcast with dark clouds—of course, in the spiritual sense. I am speaking of Switzerland, and especially of the city of Geneva—the center of world freemasonry and finances, the stronghold of obscurantist heresy, and a materialistic megalopolis that is enjoying the lulling, stable comfort that easily protects it from the numerous everyday tragedies of humanity.

My parents raised me in the Roman Catholic faith that they had inherited from their ancestors, for which I am extremely grateful to them; they implanted the fundamentals of Christian Revelation in me from childhood—namely faith in God, the doctrine and the necessity of prayer.

We were a practicing Catholic family. We attended Mass on Sundays and major Church feasts, and prayer was a part of our daily life (at least it was so for the first ten years of my childhood). My father, a journalist, devoted his professional life to the protection of the oppressed and justice. As far as my parents are concerned, they did their best to provide the continuity of religious education in our family.

As for the Church, though in my case the more precise name was “Papism”, the situation was different. As a child (in the 1950s) I felt comfortable in that religious environment; for example, I had no problem with prayers in Latin. Although for me faith was “the faith in obedience,” I used to ask many questions, and the adults—my parents and priests—were unable to answer them. And if they did answer me, they did it with a smile and condescendingly, thinking that I was trying to get to the core of the matter too seriously. They gave me to understand that performing the morally required duties was enough for me. And I decided that I would get the answers to my questions later through my independent, in-depth research and analysis of the primary sources, where the morals come from. Judging by my childhood memories, I always had a thirst for truth.

So I was waiting for some changes, when, at the very dawn of my youth, a crucial event happened in the West—a real revolution in Papism (which is still going on today). I mean the Second Vatican Council of 1962. Over a short span of several months (or, in some cases, two to three years) a whole set of rules which had been shaped in the living daily reality of Western Christianity for Continue reading “Fr. Pierre Haab, Switzerland: His long journey from Roman Catholicism, Buddhism and Hinduism to Orthodoxy”

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”

Un neamţ Protestant a cunoscut Ortodoxia printr-un aparat de emisie-recepţie ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian

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Un neamţ Protestant a cunoscut Ortodoxia

printr-un aparat de emisie-recepţie

Sâmbătă 8-08-2009, în Sfânta Mănăstire Dohiariu, în Sfântul Munte Athos, într-o atmosferă plină de umilinţă, neamţul Dominik Weiel, geolog în vârstă de 40 de ani, s-a lepădat de protestantism şi a îmbrăţişat Ortodoxia primind la Botez numele de Mihail.

Mihail a cunoscut Athosul şi Ortodoxia, prin contactul pe care l-a întreţinut prin intermediul unui aparat de emisie-recepţie cu un frate de mănăstire radio-amator, părintele Apollo SV2ASP/A, contact început încă din 1991. Neamţul radio-amator, cu foarte multă experienţă, DL5EBE, student pe atunci, când a auzit pentru prima dată de monahul aghiorit lipsit de experienţă care încerca prin semnalul lui slab să facă legătura, s-a grăbit să comunice cu el şi să-l ajute. Acesta a fost primul motiv de a veni în Athos: a-l cunoaşte pe acest monah şi a organiza staţia. Această vizită însă s-a transformat însă şi într-o staţie pentru viaţa lui. L-a cunoscut pe Gheronda (Bătrânul) Grigorie, Egumenul Mănăstirii şi pe fraţi, i-a iubit şi a continuat să viziteze mănăstirea urmând de fiecare dată îndeaproape întregul ei program zilnic.

Când şi-a terminat studiile universitare l-a contactat o societate germană petrolieră cu activităţi în întreaga lume. Vreme de mulţi ani a lucrat la Moscova şi de acolo a avut ocazia să viziteze Athosul mai mulţi ani la rând, dar simultan ţinea legătura prin undele radio. Toată această perioadă s-a luptat înterior pentru schimbarea sa şi hotărându-se şi pentru Botez, a luat drumul Athosului. Zilele acestea s-a întâmplat să avem multe lucrări la care a a participat şi el. Zilele treceau şi se neliniştea în privinţa Botezului. Vineri, Gheronda l-a întrebat din nou: „Vrei să te botezi?”. „Mare mi-ar fi bucuria!”- i-a răspuns şi imediat chipul i s-a luminat. Atunci l-am chemat pe domnul Stavros Pomakis, ofiţer în Armata Aeriană, radio-amator, fiu duhovnicesc al Mănăstirii, care, chiar dacă era departe de casa sa, a primit din tot sufletul să-i devină naş. În foarte puţin timp, toate erau gata, şi astfel, sâmbătă dimineaţă, după Dumnezeiasca Liturghie a primit Sfântul Botez în portul Mănăstirii, înconjurat de întreaga obşte şi de pelerini şi plin de bucurie s-a întors iarăşi la serviciul său.

Să ne rugăm Arhanghelului Mihail, ocrotitorul Mănăstirii noastre, al cărui nume i l-a dat Gheronda, să-l întărească în drumul dificil al vieţii pe care zilnic îl parcurge.

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