Posts by Bev Cooke

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St. Nina, Equal to the Apostles

The tradition of St. Nina’s story among the Georgians is based on ancient historical documents. Rufinus wrote about her in the fifth century in his…

Sep 05, 2015
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Of Icons and Akathists

It’s a warm June evening, and the nave glows in the long golden light that filters through the windows in the dome. The church is light and airy, and…

Sep 05, 2015
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The Two-Way Street

“Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace.” “Sometimes you forgive people simply because you still want…

Aug 10, 2015
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St. Maria of Paris

She smoked, she liked her beer, she was twice divorced, and her eldest child was born out of wedlock. She left liturgy to answer the door and refused to…

Aug 10, 2015
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St. Alexis Toth of Wilkes-Barre

The facts of St. Alexis’s life are well documented – born in 1854 in Austro-Hungary into a clerical family (his father and brothers were priests, and…

Jul 06, 2015
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Saint Isidora of Tabenna Monastery

Very little is known about this monastic who chose the role of Fool for Christ, except that if she existed at all, she was one of the earliest recognized…

Jun 02, 2015
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Good for the Gander

The recent sexual abuse scandals in Christian Protestant circles, and the “purity” subculture from which the scandal originates, have the internet…

Jun 02, 2015
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Welcome to the Orthodox Church: A Review

Every single Orthodox person knows that in order to become Orthodox, you don’t read about it. You live it. You attend the services, do the fasting, say…

May 12, 2015
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Holy Fools

If any one among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God….

Apr 06, 2015
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St. Feofil

“Feofil breaks the rule and order. . . . No one knows where he might read his prayers. . .. He barely participates in the . . . liturgy . . . .. He stands…

Mar 16, 2015
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Missionary Zeal and Mysterious Disappearances

For an army engineer, John Feodorovich Hovorukhin made an excellent monk. The man had entered a monastery after the death of his wife in 1791, when he…

Mar 02, 2015
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St. Juvenaly of Alaska

For over a century, it was not known what happened to the monk, Juvenaly. It was one of the mysteries of the Arctic, and the conflicting accounts that…

Mar 02, 2015