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Orthodox Christianity It is by warfare that the soul makes progress. FATHER SERAPHIM ROSE AND THE ORTHODOX LIFE Abba John the Dwarf, fourth century Before he had found the truth, Father Seraphim had suffered for the lack of it. Now, having found it, he suffered for the sake of it. Hieromonk Damascene In a rude structure in a remote mountain wilderness, candles flicker beneath the angular faces and the otherworldly gaze of a host of brooding icons. An asthenic man with an unkempt beard and a long cassock slowly circumambulates the small, rustic space, all the while intoning ancient chants in forgotten modes. A small choir responds antiphonally in a haunting drone. The chanting man slowly swings a censor before him. From it swirls up a sweet incense, the fine smoke softly illumined by fading shafts of the evening dusk. Thousands of miles away, a young Russian’s distracted expression vanished at the mention of the name. He looked at me keenly (and, I sensed, not without condescension). “He’s our Father Seraphim, you know. He belongs to us Russians.” Father Seraphim Rose was born Eugene Dennis Rose to a nominally Protestant family in San Diego, California in 1934. Despite the brevity of his earthly life, he is considered by many to be the outstanding spiritual figure of twentieth-century North America. The story of the transformation of his life through suffering and the ancient Christian faith has been well documented by those who have followed in his footsteps. His legacy of published works, which range from original volumes to periodicals to translations of ancient desert texts, have reached millions around the world. The monastery he founded (and largely built with his own hands) on a remote mountain in Northern California, continues to produce monks and the printed word. Father Seraphim’s writings, which were smuggled into Russia during the Communist years, were secretly and laboriously reproduced by typewriter, and widely distributed, at great risk. They were immensely influential in helping to sustain Russia spiritually during those dark years of repression. Though little-known in his native country, Father Seraphim’s name is readily recognized in Russia and other Orthodox lands that endured the Communist yoke; and his writings are still popular and widely available there. He is said to be the most popular spiritual writer in Russia today. A man of great intellectual powers and extraordinary linguistic gifts, the son of a janitor, Eugene Rose mastered several European languages and ancient Chinese. In 1956, he graduated magna cum laud from Pomona College, a small, highly regarded liberal arts institution in California; where he studied Chinese philosophy. After graduation, he moved to San Francisco, where he studied under Alan Watts at the American Institute of Asian Studies. In 1961 Eugene took a master’s degree in Oriental Languages at the University of California at Berkeley, where he immersed himself in Taoism and began an English translation of the Tao Te Ching from the original ancient Chinese. Inquiries to St. George’s Orthodox Church, Edenton, NC. Telephone 482-2006 It was during these years in San Francisco that Eugene’s existential pain and personal grief reached unendurable magnitudes. It was also then that he came into contact with Bishop John Maximovitch, the wonderworker. All chapters copyright © 2015 Next month: Spiritual Crisis by author Nick Martone, c/o St. George’s Church P.O. Box 38, Edenton, NC. 8 Albemarle Tradewinds October 2015

Concealed Carry Law in NC Continued A violation of this pistol permit law is a Class 2 misdemeanor under North Carolina law. Specifically exempted from the provisions of this permit requirement are the transfer of antique firearms or historic-edged weapons. An “antique firearm” is one that was manufactured on or before 1898 and includes any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar ignition system. It also includes a replica thereof if the replica is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition. It also includes any muzzle loading rifle, muzzle loading shotgun, or muzzle loading pistol, which is designed to use black powder substitute, and which cannot use fixed ammunition. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-409(a). However, the term “antique firearm” does notinclude any weapon which incorporates a firearm frame or receiver; is converted into a muzzle loading weapon; or is a muzzle loading weapon that can be readily convened to fire fixed ammunition by replacing the barrel, bolt, breechlock, or anycombination thereof. A “historic-edged weapon” is defined to be a bayonet, trench knife, sword, or dagger manufactured during or prior to World War II, but no later than January 1, 1946. N.C.Gen. Stat. § 14-409.12. The requirement of obtaining a permit prior to the receipt of a handgun does not apply to the purchase and receipt of “long guns,” such as shotguns and rifles. C. Eligible Persons 1. Federal Law Requirements As a general rule, the following categories of persons are ineligible to receive orpossess a firearm under federal law: a. Persons under indictment or information in any court for “a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one (1) year”;’ b. Persons convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one (1) year. A person would not be ineligible under this criteria if the person has been pardoned for the crime or conviction, the crime or conviction has been expunged or set aside, or the person has had his/her civil rights restored, and under the law where the conviction occurred, the person is not prohibited from receiving or possessing any firearm; c. The person is a fugitive from justice; d. The person is an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana, or any depressant, stimulant, or narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance; Contunued next month Belcross Bake Shoppe In the evening, after the crowd has come and gone, the sun going down and the soft rays of light gently peaking through the windows, I sit and breathe in the reality that Belcross is really ours. I have dreamed of having a small restaurant where friends and family could gather; start their day or take a break in the middle of the hustle and bustle of life. I dreamed of a place where the food would entice and the ambiance would offer peace, a place to rest and where each customer would feel valued. For so long, I thought ‘‘twas just a dream.” One day a friend called and said …”I think there is a place for sale that you might be interested in.” We talked and I left feeling as if it was a nice thought but no way could something of this grandeur come to fruition. As the months went on, my prayer was for the Lord to only allow this process to continue if it was His will for our family. He opened each door and we walked through. This past May, Belcross became ours. The community has been beyond gracious. They have been patient, welcoming, encouraging and supportive. Working with my girls each day is part of the richness for me as a mother of 3. We are there, with our team, in an open kitchen where all can see our success and our failures. The joy that comes from looking up and seeing the faces of those that walk through our doors fills my heart with strength and energy to get up at 2 a.m. the following day and do it all over again. What an adventure we are on…what a story we have been allowed to be a part of. Albemarle Tradewinds October 2015 9