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April 2016


ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY THE UNSEEN MARTYR This is the fiercest struggle, the struggle that resists a man unto blood. It is here that we manifest our patience, my beloved brethren….For this is the time of unseen martyrdom. St. Isaac the Syrian, fourth century. It is no small thing, martyrdom: the voluntary laying down of this earthly life for the Faith. For Eastern Christians, the atrocities of ISIS are no novelty, but the continuance of an ancient pattern. The Orthodox Christians and their brethren have endured such horrors for most of the past 20 centuries. Beginning with the stoning of the deacon Stephen, and the casting of James, the brother of the Lord, from the pinnacle of the temple, the Orthodox have borne a bitter yoke under Jews, Romans, Arab Muslims, Tartars, Turks, Nazis, and Communists. As early as the fourth century, St. Gregory Nazianzus refers to the Faith as “suffering Orthodoxy.” Yet, what is it to lay down this life in the Christian sense? Is it something required only of those who face stoning and the sword? Archimandrite Zacharias speaks of the “spiritual phenomenon, unknown to modern psychology, called ‘mindfulness of death’ in Orthodox ascetic terminology. It has nothing to do with the psychological awareness that we shall die some day; it is more like a deep knowledge, accompanied by a wondrous sensibility of the heart, which perceives clearly ‘the futility of any and every acquisition on earth’ and that ‘all is vanity’ (Eccles. 1:2)” The person who finds the full measure of mindfulness of death “suffers deeply with an intensity that cannot be borne within the limits of human strength….As he abides in remembrance of death, man perceives in spirit the hell of God’s absence. In his desperate desire to resolve this situation, he finds he must detach himself from every passionate involvement with the visible world, and he then singlemindedly casts himself upon God.” The lover of God then undertakes a desperate war with the passions, seeking to uproot them, to extricate himself from their talons, to purify his heart, so that God may reclaim it as His dwelling place. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Prov 4:23). Archimandrite Zacharias notes that the acute experience of mindfulness of death often leads people to monastic life; “they feel the monastic life as an urgency in their spirit. It is not something that they consider carefully and then choose to do; they feel that either they do it, or they die.” Paradoxically, but in a very real sense, the ascetical life—the Christian life to which all are called, monastics and lay persons alike—is a martyrdom. It is the dying to one’s own will, to the passions, to the fascinations of the false and illusory in which there is no life, but only the appearance of life. Part 2 continued next month Inquiries to: St. George’s Orthodox Church, Edenton, NC. Telephone 482-2006 All chapters copyright © 2015 by author Nick Martone, c/o St. George’s Church P.O. Box 38, Edenton, NC. 8 Albemarle Tradewinds April 2016

Concealed Weapon Procedures Last month we briefly mentioned the importance of safe firearm carrying and storage for concealed weapon carriers. In this issue, we’ll discuss developing a systematic approach for those procedures. When commercial air travel was expanding in the 1950’s and 1960’s, there were several highly publicized accidents resulting in mass casualties. In response, the airlines developed a simple but remarkably effective system to prevent further incidents. The accident rate plummeted. The system is called Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), and we can copy it and use it to our advantage. The first step in establishing an SOP is to determine your personal rules the safest way to carry and store the firearm. Then, write them down so that there is no doubt as to what you expect of yourself. This also allows you to critique and revise them if you need to. Lastly, adopt the SOP as your standard procedure. That is, do it the right way, the same way, every single time. Establishing the safest way to carry concealed varies depending on the situation. Be critical of yourself. Think like a prosecutor or an attorney suing you for the discharge of your firearm. What could you have done differently to prevent the weapon from firing and killing or injuring anyone? You are already practicing one SOP without even realizing it: “Never touch the trigger until you are aimed and ready to fire”. Others that readily come to mind are: 1. Never draw the weapon unless you intend to use it. 2. Never let the weapon leave your possession except in the care of a responsible adult who knows the weapon is there. 3. Never leave it where a child can find it. 4. Never carry it or leave it where it might fall. 5. Never consume alcohol while carrying. The list can be as long as your situation demands. Just be honest with yourself as to whether you have covered everything. Talking with a competent instructor is a good place to start. Ask your friends and other CCW permit holders how they do it. Use social media. Listen to gun control proponents and the accusations they make about reckless gun owners. Are you guilty of any of the things they complain about? If so, then change your SOP to address that issue. Write down your SOP’s so you can review and amend them. I know, writing down your own rules seems a bit much. But how else are you going to force yourself to look at the big picture and assess whether you really have a comprehensive plan? You should always be willing to change your SOP if you discover a better method or if circumstances dictate. Once you have adopted your SOP’s, practice them. Remember: “The right way, the same way, every single time.” The airlines learned something else after adopting SOP’s. When a pilot-induced accident did occur, it was usually the result of an interruption in the routine, often a distraction. If your SOP calls for you to put your weapon in a safe place upon returning home, don’t let yourself vary from the routine because of visitors, running late, a long day or some other distraction. The SOP must become a part of your lifestyle, so much so that it becomes second nature. The right way, the same way, every single time. Camden County Public Library New Books ordered in February New Adult Books 1. Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving 2. Miracles from Heaven by Christy Beam 3. Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson 4. Friends We Keep by Susan Mallery 5. Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber 6. Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman 7. Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb 8. Find Her by Lisa Gardner 9. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen 10. NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson New Juvenile Books 1. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer 2. Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein 3. Only Game by Mike Lupica 4. Pax by Sara Pennypacker 5. When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes 6. Big Nate Blasts Off by Lincoln Peirce 7. Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi 8. Star Wars Before the Awakening by Gregg Rucka 9. The 39 Clues Mission Hurricane by Jenny Goebel 10. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. Albemarle Tradewinds April 2016 9