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

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HAVE FAITH – ORTHODOXY

Schwester Matthaia Osswald, Deutschland:

Das lange Abenteuer auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit 

Quelle:

http://www.impantokratoros.gr/B6076E60.de.aspx

http://www.impantokratoros.gr/root.de.aspx

HEILIGES KLOSTER PANTOKRATOROS

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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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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EDELWEISS OF MY HEART

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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FAITHBOOK – ORTHODOXY

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.

Source:

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A German Protestant comes to know Orthodoxy through the wireless

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ORTHODOX WEB

A German Protestant comes to know

Orthodoxy through the wireless

On Saturday 8-8-2009, at the Holy Monastery of Dohiariou at the Holy Mountain, in an atmosphere of devotion, the German Dominik Weiel 40 years old Geologist, renounced Protestantism and entered Orthodoxy, receiving the baptismal name Michael.

Michael became acquainted with Athos and Orthodoxy through his communication via the wireless with Radio-amateur brother of the Monastery Fr. Apollo SV2ASP/A, who began in 1991. The experienced German Radio-amateur DL5EBE, then as an undergraduate, when he heard for the first time the inexperienced Agiorite monk with a weak signal calling, he communicated with him and offered to help him. This was the first opportunity for him to come to Athos, meet the monk and set up the station. This visit became a landmark in his life. He met the Elder Gregory, Abbot of the Monastery and the brothers, whom he loved and continued to visit to the Monastery, always following its full daily program.

When he completed his University studies he was employed by a German petroleum products company, active throughout the world. For many years now he works in Moscow and because of this it was many years since he had visited Athos. However, despite of this, he did not cease his communication. All this period he struggled within himself on his conversion and finally decided to be baptized, thus he came to Athos. Those days it happened that we had a lot of work in which he took part. The days would pass and he was anxious to be baptized. Finally on Friday the Elder asked him “do you wish to be baptized?’ “It would be my great pleasure” he replied and immediately his face shined. Then we invited Mr. Stavro Pomaki, Officer in the Army Air Force, radio-amateur and spiritual child of the Monastery, who even though he was far from his home, he eagerly agreed to become his godparent. Very shortly later everything was ready, so the morning of Saturday after the Divine Liturgy, he received the holy baptism at the harbor of our Monastery in the presence of the whole brotherhood and pilgrims and finally very happy he returned to his work.

Let us pray that the Archangel Michael, the protector of our Monastery whose name was given by the Elder, support him on the difficult road of his life he struggles daily.

Source:

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Ein Deutscher lernt die Orthodoxie per Funk kennen ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German

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ORTHODOX WEB

Ein Deutscher lernt die Orthodoxie per Funk kennen

Am Samstag, dem 08.08.2009 widersagte der vierzig Jahre alte deutsche Geologe Dominik Weiel im Kloster Dochiariou auf dem Heiligen Berg, in einer Atmosphäre der Ergriffenheit, dem Protestantismus und wurde orthodox; er erhielt den Taufnamen Michael.

Michael lernte den Athos und die Orthodoxie über Funk kennen, durch die Kommunikation mit dem Amateurfunk-Bruder des Klosters, P. Apollo SV2ASPA, der 1991 begann. Als der erfahrene deutsche Amateurfunker DL5EBE, der damals ein Student war, zum erstenmal den unerfahrenen Mönch vom Berg Athos mit einem schwachen Signal rufen hörte, kontaktierte er ihn eilends und bot ihm seine Hilfe an. Das war der erste Anlass zum Berg Athos zu kommen, den Mönch kennenzulernen und die Station zu organisieren. Dieser Besuch wurde zu einem Markstein in seinem Leben. Er lernte Gerontas Gregorios, den Abt des Klosters, und die Brüder kennen, er mochte sie und fuhr fort das Kloster zu besuchen und das ganze tägliche Programm dort mitzuvollziehen.

Als er sein Universitätsstudium beendet hatte, war er bei einer deutschen Öl-Gesellschaft angestellt, die Niederlassungen in der ganzen Welt hat. Viele Jahre arbeitete er in Moskau, infolgedessen waren einige Jahre vergangen, seit er den Athos besucht hatte, ohne jedoch jemals die Verbindung zu verlieren. Während der ganzen Zeit rang er innerlich um seine Konversion, und endlich zur Taufe entschlossen, machte er sich auf den Weg zum Athos. Während dieser Tage hatten wir viele Arbeiten, an denen auch er teilnahm. Die Tage vergingen und er war wegen der Taufe in Sorge. Am Freitag fragte ihn Gerontas endlich: „Möchtest du getauft werden?” „Das wäre mir eine große Freude”, antwortete er sofort, und sein Gesicht leuchtete.
Dann luden wir Herrn Stavros Pomaki, Offizier der Luftwaffe, Amateurfunker und geistliches Kind des Klosters ein, der es, obwohl er weit von zu Hause entfernt war, gerne akkzeptierte der Pate zu werden. In kurzer Zeit war alles vorbereitet, und am Samstagmorgen nach der Heiligen Liturgie empfing Michael, in Anwesenheit der ganzen Bruderschaft und der Pilger, die Heilige Taufe im Hafen des Klosters, und kehrte anschließend überglücklich zu seiner Arbeit zurück.

Bitten wir den Erzengel Michael, den Patron unseres Klosters, dessen Namen Gerontas ihm verlieh, daß er ihn stützen möge auf dem schwierigen Weg des Lebens, auf dem er täglich kämpft.

Quelle:

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A Life Changed By Icons – Cliff (Isaac in Orthodox Baptism) Gardner, USA & Germany

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HEAVEN ON EARTH – ORTHODOXY

A Life Changed By Icons

Cliff (Isaac in Orthodox Baptism) Gardner,

USA & Germany

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

—Please tell us about your background and your journey to the Orthodox Church.

My name is Cliff (Isaac in Orthodox Baptism) Gardner, and this is my background. I was raised in a Protestant Southern Baptist family. We were in the military; my father was in the U.S. Air Force. I have four brothers, a family of five boys, and we moved all over the world. We lived most our lives in America and then in Germany, where I was as a teenager. No matter where my parents moved, they always found a Southern Baptist church, including in Puerto Rico, where I was born, and Germany, where our German pastor was Southern Baptist!

I grew up in Miami, Florida where my mother was from, so we moved back to Miami after my father retired from the Air Force. Miami is where I went to high school. It was when I was in the high school that I felt called to be a missionary. I wanted to be a Protestant missionary/Bible translator in Indonesia. So I went to a Bible school in Chicago called the Moody Bible Institute—a famous Bible school. I studied Bible-Theology/Greek; it was at Moody where I first started to interact with people from the Muslim world. I was very attracted to working with Muslims. I ended up going to the University of Illinois at Chicago where I studied linguistics, Middle East studies and Arabic. This is how I met my wife Marilyn.

She was raised in Pakistan, as her parents were Baptist missionaries for over thirty-five years there. She went to nursing school in Chicago. She was a nurse and I was a linguist, and we met back to back in an Indian restaurant.

“I was amazed by the worship, the liturgy, and the icons.”

We first moved to Pakistan in 1986 where I taught English to Pakistani government employees. Pakistan was Marilyn’s home, and we were involved in a Protestant church there. Then we moved to Egypt in 1989, where we lived for seven years; this is where I first encountered Orthodoxy. I don’t think I ever met anyone who was Orthodox before I moved to Egypt. I had an Egyptian friend in Chicago, so I had met one Oriental Orthodox person before. But when I moved to Egypt, I was an English teacher and I started to meet Coptic Orthodox Christians, who were very amazing and very faithful. One of my colleagues, an English teacher, was Orthodox. She was always fasting and I didn’t understand why. She said that she fasted over two hundred days of theyear. And I was so surprised. I was amazed at the Coptic Orthodox faith. They are minority religion in Egypt but they have amazingly strong faith. I used to take trips to visit the monks of Wadi Natrun in the Scetis desert of Egypt. I was even able to take my students to meet with the former Pope Shenouda III.

Every time I would go to the monasteries I could not believe their deep faith. All of the people in Egyptians churches go out to the monasteries for instruction, learning, prayer, spiritual information and guidance. I remember one monk from Deir al-Surian, a Syrian monastery, who said to me: “You don’t know it but you are really Orthodox.” I was sure that this was what he would say to the Protestants he liked.

I remember that I was amazed by the worship, the liturgy, and the icons. The Continue reading “A Life Changed By Icons – Cliff (Isaac in Orthodox Baptism) Gardner, USA & Germany”

Klaus Kenneth, Deutschland Zwei Millionen Kilometer auf der Suche – Von Hippies, Atheismus, Buddhismus, Hinduismus und Protestantismus zur Orthodoxie ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German

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HIPPIES MET ORTHODOXY

Klaus Kenneth, Deutschland

Zwei Millionen Kilometer auf der Suche

╰⊰¸¸.•¨* 

Von Hippies, Atheismus, Buddhismus, Hinduismus

und Protestantismus zur Orthodoxie

Zwölf Jahre zog der schweizer Publizist Klaus Kenneth auf der Suche nach der Spiritualität, Frieden und Liebe durch Europa, Asien und Südamerika. Der Weg war gefährlich und voll Enttäuschungen, Hass, Drogen und Tod. Leer und enttäuscht von Philosophien, Lehren und Religionen kehrte Kenneth zurück, und fand die Wahrheit in der orthodoxen Kirche. Seinen langen Weg hin zur einen Kirche schrieb er in seinem Lebensbericht, “Zwei Millionen Kilometer auf der Suche” nieder.