Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Saint Joseph the Hesychast and the "Devil's Box"

 
 

 
By Elder Ephraim of Arizona

When they brought the radio to Mount Athos, the older monks, who had been cut off from the world for decades, were amazed. When some of the simpler monks saw that everyone was fascinated by it, they exclaimed:

"It is the Devil's box!"

The others tried to explain it:

"No it is not. It's just a modern invention."

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Christian Sportsmanship

 

 
Ryan Giggs, who today is a Welsh soccer (football) coach, said the following when reminiscing on his days as a player:

"If there is a player I fell in love with because of class, elegance and character, it is undoubtedly Ricardo Kaka. We played the semi-finals of the Champions League at Old Trafford, and Kaka was unstoppable. He has that touch of magic in such competitions that makes the difference. I had never seen him play up close, until then.

Friday, November 13, 2020

The Orthodox Priest and the Eccentric Fashion Designer

 
 
 
Eccentric fashion designer Lakis Gavalas became the best man of the well-known criminologist Yiannis Pagoropoulos and the journalist Andzis Manouseli.
 
The wedding took place on the island of Paros, in the beautiful Chapel of Saint Anna in the area of Ambela, on Saturday, July 25, 2015.
 
As best man, Lakis remained true to his persona and wore an ancient Greek costume of a white tunic that revealed an uncommon amount of his exposed body, which accentuated his brightly tattooed arms.
 

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Strengths and Weaknesses of Voting

 

 
By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou
 
The power of the vote for human societies is great and expresses the state of the democracy of each nation, by which leaders emerge. 
 
Certainly the vote is an expression of the ideologies, expectations and visions of each person, but at the same time it is also an expression of resistance and dissatisfaction. Thus, the vote within it has both positive and negative elements and always depends on the mentality of the voter. While it is a vote expressed by crossing out or on a white ballot, it hides the personal story of each voter. What would we hear if it was possible to make a "psychobiography of the voter"! Of course, some modern scholarly analysts have the conditions and ways to detect these ins and outs of voters, but this cannot be done with precision.
 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Ancient Greek Inscription on the Bust of James Dean


 
A few years ago I visited Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, not only to capture the spectacular views, but as a film buff, to also see where dozens of scenes from Hollywood movies were filmed, including one of my all time favorites, Rebel Without a Cause, in which Griffith Observatory played a pivotal role. I had known there was a bust of James Dean set up in his honor there, so I made it a priority to visit the bust and try to get a photo with it. It was then that I noticed something that surprised me, and confused me a bit, that prompted me to do a little research in an attempt to figure out why I was looking at an ancient Greek inscription on his right shoulder. Since today is the 65th anniversary of the premature and tragic death of James Dean on September 30, 1955, I thought I would post the story behind this ancient Greek inscription.