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When asked they would say the war was the happiest time of their life. Why?

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"At first, the women didn’t understand what was going on. The Convent buried in blossoming flowers was damaged by the gunfire, and the icon was hit by shrapnel. Hegumene Mikhaela had been planting cabbage in the garden when the bombing of Donetsk airport started. As the shelling drew closer each day, they witnessed destruction and miraculous escapes. The gunfire would cease during their prayers, and the fire that broke out in church would stay away from them. When asked, they would say the war was the happiest time in their lives. Why?"


-Please keep any discussion of this wonderful Orthodox documentary non-political -there is so much more here to ponder! Thanks -xkai
 

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When asked, they would say the war was the happiest time in their lives. Why?
Maybe they experienced what we read about: during the most difficult trials, the Lord is especially close, and this gives the soul bliss, before which all other experiences and considerations fade. Or maybe they've read it too, and now they're trying to match what they've read.
Thank you for the video, I love nuns, and most likely I will watch it in full.
 

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Good video. Yes, most likely they experienced what we read about.
 
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Co-suffering with your neighbor does that.
 

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I saw statistics the other day that said that war torn countries have the lowest levels of suicide as well. It is an odd phenomenon. Perhaps facing death grants greater fortitude to oppose it and gives meaning to those who are struggling.
 

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I saw statistics the other day that said that war torn countries have the lowest levels of suicide as well. It is an odd phenomenon. Perhaps facing death grants greater fortitude to oppose it and gives meaning to those who are struggling.
I am curious if that holds true, and perhaps reflects this even more, with the people who survived the Nazi death camps. This is clearly in Viktor Frankl territory.
 
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