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October 2016

Orthodox Christianity An

Orthodox Christianity An Orthodox Life in a Hostile World by Father Seraphim Rose of Platina The following is an introduction to one of Fr. Seraphim Rose’s last talks, given in 1982, shortly before his illness and death. Before beginning my talk, a word or two on why it is important to have an Orthodox world-view, and why it is more difficult to build one today than in past centuries. In past centuries—for example, in 19th century Russia—the Orthodox world-view was an important part of Orthodox life and was supported by the life around it. There was no need even to speak of it as a separate thing—you lived Orthodoxy in harmony with the Orthodox society around you, and you had an Orthodox world-view provided by the Church and society. In many countries the government itself confessed Orthodoxy; it was the center of public functions and the king or ruler himself was historically the first Orthodox layman with a responsibility to give a Christian example to all his subjects. Every city had Orthodox churches, and many of them had services every day, morning and evening. There were monasteries in all the great cities, in many cities, outside the cities, and in the countryside, in deserts and wildernesses. In Russia there were more than 1000 officially organized monasteries, in addition to other more unofficial groups. Monasticism was an accepted part of life. Most families, in fact, had somewhere in them a sister or brother, uncle, grandfather, cousin or someone who was a monk or a nun, in addition to all the other examples of Orthodox life: people who wandered from monastery to monastery, and fools for Christ. The whole way of life was permeated with Orthodox kinds of people, of which, of course, monasticism is the center. Orthodox customs were a part of daily life. Most books that were commonly read were Orthodox. Daily life itself was difficult for most people: they had to work hard to survive, life expectancy was not great, death was a frequent reality—all of which reinforced the Church’s teaching on the reality and nearness of the other world. Living an Orthodox life in such circumstances was really the same thing as having an Orthodox world-view, and there was little need to talk of such a thing. Today, on the other hand, all this has changed. Our Orthodoxy is a little island in the midst of a world which operates on totally different principles—and every day these principles are changing for the worse, making us more and more alienated from it. Many people are tempted to divide their lives into two sharply distinct categories: the daily life we lead at work, with worldly friends, in our worldly business, and Orthodoxy, which we live on Sundays and at other times in the week when we have time for it. But the world-view of such a person, if you look at it closely, is often a strange combination of Christian values and worldly values, which really do not mix. The purpose of this talk is to see how people living today can begin to make their world-view more of one piece, to make it a whole Orthodox world-view. Orthodoxy is life. If we don’t live Orthodoxy, we simply are not Orthodox, no matter what formal beliefs we might hold. Life in our contemporary world has become very artificial, very uncertain, very confusing. Orthodoxy, it is true, has a life of its own, but it is also not very far from the life of the world around it, and so the life of the Orthodox Christian, even when he is being truly Orthodox, cannot help but reflect it in some way. A kind of uncertainty and confusion have also entered into Orthodox life in our times. In this talk we will try to look at contemporary life, and then at Orthodox life, to see how better we might fulfill our Christian obligation to lead otherworldly lives even in these quite terrible times, and to have an Orthodox Christian view of the whole of life today that will enable us to survive these times with our faith intact. All chapters copyright © 2016 by author Nick. Martone.; inquiries c/o St. George’s Church, P.O. Box 38, Edenton, NC. (252) 482-2006. 8 Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016

Second Amendment and the election. In a few weeks, we will elect a new President. That President will shape the future of this country for generations to come, not only by a legislative agenda, but by appointing 4 Supreme Court justices as well. (Justice Kennedy is 80, Justice Ginsburg is 83, Justice Breyer is 78, and Justice Scalia is deceased). Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life, and can only be removed by impeachment. As this article is traditionally written about the Second Amendment, I’m assuming you have at least a passing interest in the importance of your right to bear arms. So before you cast your vote, you need to know the candidates’ positions on the subject. One candidate has declined to say that the Constitution guarantees a right to bear arms, despite the plain language of the Second Amendment. That same candidate said that the Supreme Court decision in the Heller case (which affirmed the right of the individual to bear arms) was wrong, telling The Free Beacon on 10/1/15 that the Supreme Court was wrong in saying that the right to bear arms is an individual right. That candidate vowed to”make that case every chance I get”. One candidate is deliberately spreading the outright lie that there is an “online loophole” that allows people to legally buy guns interstate over the Internet with no background check or paperwork involved. This is a blatant attempt to gin up fear and hysteria for an issue that does not exist. One candidate told The Free Beacon on 10/16/15, “Certainly the Australia example is worth looking at”, referring to the firearms confiscation plan conducted in Australia. One candidate told The Washington Post on 10/1/93 that they were “all for” a 25% tax on firearms and ammunition to raise money to fund health care. One candidate has vowed to repeal the law that protects firearms manufacturers from lawsuits over people using their product illegally. This would have the effect of destroying the firearms industry. One candidate told The Washington Post on 10/1/93 that they supported an “assault” weapons ban in the 1990’s, and that the ban should be reinstituted. One candidate supports “universal background checks” for every gun sale, even between family members and friends. These checks would have to be paid for, thereby raising the cost of the sale. The checks would be conducted by a government entity like the one who puts thousands of people on “no-fly lists” in error. Once you are on a “no gun list”, good luck getting off. Just ask the people on the no-fly list by mistake. One candidate has vowed to enact further gun control, by executive order if necessary. If you don’t know which candidate I’m talking about, isn’t it rather reckless of you to vote while ignorant of these positions? Community Policing By: Warren Green My father was a NYPD beat/community cop and later an Indianapolis (IPD) sector cop where he was killed in the line of duty responding to a domestic dispute. In the inner city, where I grew up, community policing was the model. The local beat cop was considered part of the neighborhood and served as its protector, social worker, truant officer and first responder. The influence of the beat cop was very apparent with the neighborhood youth, some of which were being raised by a single parent (Korean War and the draft). The community cop was often the most visible city official some communities would encounter, and many times, was a spokesman for the communities regarding the delivery of municipal services. They interacted with the local merchants, checking their doors and security after closing. Community policing defines a “Peace Officer”. The move from community policing to the current model, to save money, seems to be a costly miscalculation, and has damaged community and police relations in affected urban centers. 100% homemade soap with only natural ingredients. This one is an olive oil soap with zest from different citrus fruits. Super skinnourishing with an excellent fresh scent and light lather. $4 per bar lily.paige.w@ Loft Gardens Intimate gatherings at the loft gardens Sleeps up to 10 Book your holidays events with loft gardens Call Doris at 252 339 6317 for rates. Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 9