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Currently reading [Homilies on the Book of the Revelation, Vol. One/i] by Archimandrite Athanasios Mitilinaious. Also reading A Second Look at the Second Coming. Since "Second Look" begins with a criticism of Hal Lindsey's book The Late Great Planet Earth, a book I read about 35 years ago, I also picked up a copy of it for reference. I've only just started, but "Homilies" seems very promising.
 

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"Altered States," Paddy Chayefsky. So scary, I couldn't finish it on the first day.
 

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biro said:
"Altered States," Paddy Chayefsky. So scary, I couldn't finish it on the first day.
There's a movie of it too.
 

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Sylvia Lopez-Medina's Cantora.

It had a good review from Oscar Hijuelos (LOVE) on the front cover, so I decided to go for it.
 

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I am reading a book by Igor Bunich (1937-2004), titled, "The Gold of the Party" ("Zoloto Partii," in Russian). A thorough investigation of the "financial side" of the Communist Party of the USSR, including its connections with various international banks and corporations. I am almost done with this book, and it becomes even more interesting and intriguing towards the end. I especially enjoyed the author's psychological portraits of Yuriy Andropov and Mikhail Gorbachev.
 

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I know this is basic, but I want to post about it to share my joy -- I finished reading St. Seraphim of Sarov's "On Acquisition of the Holy Spirit."

I've gotten so off track with my studies :( , being caught up with practical church issues, but I pray that with this fast that I can get back on track with my prayer rule and reading, in addition to working with my priest, godparents, and other church activities.
 

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IsmiLiora said:
I know this is basic, but I want to post about it to share my joy -- I finished reading St. Seraphim of Sarov's "On Acquisition of the Holy Spirit."

I've gotten so off track with my studies :( , being caught up with practical church issues, but I pray that with this fast that I can get back on track with my prayer rule and reading, in addition to working with my priest, godparents, and other church activities.
Good! I know how you feel though. I considered it a personal triumph when I finished St. Innocent's Way into the Kingdom of Heaven even though it's just a pamphlet. Baby steps.
 

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IsmiLiora said:
I know this is basic, but I want to post about it to share my joy -- I finished reading St. Seraphim of Sarov's "On Acquisition of the Holy Spirit."

I've gotten so off track with my studies :( , being caught up with practical church issues, but I pray that with this fast that I can get back on track with my prayer rule and reading, in addition to working with my priest, godparents, and other church activities.
May the Theotokos help you & Mr. Ismi reach your goals.
 

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I've been trying to get back to regular Bible reading. This week I'm on the Book of Psalms.
 

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I started three books the other day.  :laugh: I can't decide which ones to follow up on.

Volume 1 of Pelikan's history of Christian doctrine

Natalie Zemon Davis- The Return of Martin Geuere

The Collected Works of Flannery O'Connor (Currently on Wise Blood)
 

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Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal retold by Ramsay Wood
 

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Volnutt said:
I started three books the other day.  :laugh: I can't decide which ones to follow up on.

Volume 1 of Pelikan's history of Christian doctrine

Natalie Zemon Davis- The Return of Martin Geuere

The Collected Works of Flannery O'Connor (Currently on Wise Blood)
I want to read Pelikan. About seven or so years ago I heard an interview with him and I living with some Jesuits and I read some of his stuff and was impressed.

Flannery O'Connor is great. Get the film Wise Blood. It is fantastic. And you get see one of America's greatest character actors as a young man play a protagonist, Brad Dourif.
 

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Was at a buddy's house and picked up a couple books from him. This is one:



The Saint who scandalized a younger Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh by drinking beer and smoking openly in her monastic robes while unbeknownst to him dying daily giving her life to save others.

Been "avoiding" her. As I say, I ain't into holopr0n. I heard one version of life read in the parish and I could barely "keep it together". She was the real deal.

How her life ended depresses the hell out of me and I how she lived it depresses the hell out of me. Saw this at my buddy's and figured it was time to read a Saint whose life in an unfortunate way touches mine.

When the Jews in occupied lands had to wear the Star of David and other Christians said it wasn't a Christian problem, she said:

There is no such thing as a Christian Problem. Don't you realize that the battle is being waged against Christianity? If we were true Christians, we would all wear the Star. The age of Confessors has come.
For that one line alone: There is no such thing as a "Christian" Problem. She reminds us of our fundamental calling.

Neatly and frighteningly summing up the Christian life:

The way to God lies through love of people. At the Last Judgment I shall not be asked whether I was successful in my ascetic exercises, nor how many bows and prostrations I made. Instead I shall be asked, Did I feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and the prisoners. That is all I shall be asked. About every poor, hungry and imprisoned person the Savior says ‘I’: ‘I was hungry and thirsty, I was sick and in prison.’ To think that he puts an equal sign between himself and anyone in need. . . . I always knew it, but now it has somehow penetrated to my sinews. It fills me with awe.
When the edict came down for Jews to have to wear the Star, she wrote a poem:

Israel

Two triangles, a star,
The shield of King David, our forefather.
This is election, not offense.
The great path and not an evil.

Once more in a term fulfilled,
Once more roars the trumpet of the end;
And the fate of a great people
Once more is by the prophet proclaimed.
Thou art persecuted again, O Israel,
But what can human malice mean to thee,
who have heard the thunder from Sinai?
"What can human malice mean to thee, who have heard the thunder from Sinai?"

Indeed, how much less can human malice mean to we, who claim to have heard the groans from Calvary?

St. Mary Skobtsova pray for us!
 
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