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May 2015

Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christianity FOOD COMA AND FASTING IN THE ORTHODOX TRADITION “Aaah, food coma…” My cousin, Alfred, after a heavy meal Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that you eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2: 17 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam…And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast. Genesis 2: 19, 20 And he said, Who told thee that thou was naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? Genesis 3: 11 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth…Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb…And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man…And behold I establish my covenant with you and with your seed after you; and with every living creature . Genesis 9: 2-10 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup and gave thanks and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew: 26, 27 Food. Food, and life, and death. The life of the body; the life of the soul, or its death. Clearly, there exists for man and for the creation a deep connection, a mystery deep and hard to plumb, around food and life and death. Thus it is that Orthodox Christianity has never deviated from the ancient ascetical tradition of fasting. As when a great unseen beast, without breaking the surface, heaves the face of the waters; so, during the fasts, Orthodox Christians sense, without fully seeing, the movements of this great mystery. We sense without fully seeing; yet with each passing fast we see something more. The great mystery unveils itself incrementally, little by little, to the one who watches in patience and in quiet, and in love and in humility. What is it that we begin to see the outlines of? Of Life and of Light. And of the inner darkness that bars our entry into the Living Light, that prevents our immersion in, and our transfiguration into the Light. What is this darkness? The Fathers teach that this darkness is the passions that grip us, their talons sunk into our souls. The darkness is our dark proclivities toward anger, acquisitiveness, the lust of the flesh, the pride of life, and all the rest. It is our light-mindedness, our preferences for the things of this world. And they teach that the beginning of the work is the fast. It is the fast that begins to drive a wedge between our deep heart and our passions—that begins to open that potential space and, little by little, make it into a true separation. When I deny my stomach, I begin, gradually, at a visceral and a noetic level, to develop a recognition that my passion and I are not synonymous. And in the light of this awareness, in the space created by the wedge of the fast, we begin to have the opportunity to choose for the Light. NEXT MONTH: MORE THOUGHTS ON THE FAST The Treasure Hunter “Don’t do it... without checking with me first” Milton Sawyer All chapters copyright © 2014 by author N. M., c/o St. George’s Church Inquiries to St. George’s Orthodox Church, Edenton, NC. Telephone 482-2006 The AT reaches 60k readers 252-722-6078 each month in printed and Cash Buyer Gold & Silver Jewelry & Coins social media Ken and learn how. 8 Albemarle Tradewinds May 2015

Question of the Month Should the police forces be nationalized? A. MAY I CARRY A CONCEALED WEAPON IN NORTH CAROLINA? ANSWER: No. As a general rule, North Carolina law forbids private citizens from carrying a concealed weapon, either on or about their person, while off their premises, unless the weapon is a handgun and the citizen has a concealed handgun permit. This prohibition pertains not only to firearms, but also to any other deadly weapon. You are referred to Section III. A., B. and C. of this publication for a more detailed analysis of this complex area, to include transporting a firearm in a vehicle. B. MAY I GET A PERMIT TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN IN NORTH CAROLINA? ANSWER: Yes. Certain qualified North Carolina residents can get a permit to carry concealed handguns under specific circumstances. North Carolina allows out-of-state concealed handgun permittees to carry concealed handguns pursuant to such permits in North Carolina. Please be aware that while carrying a handgun pursuant to such permit, qualified out-of-state permittees are held to the same standards as North Carolina permittees. Consequently, there are a number of areas where concealed handguns cannot be carried in North Carolina, regardless of the individual having a permit to carry a concealed weapon. A more detailed discussion of what areas prohibit the possession of a firearm is contained in Section III. C. of this publication. C. HOW DO I GET A HANDGUN PURCHASE PERMIT? ANSWER: Pistol purchase permits may be obtained from the sheriff where the purchaser or receiver resides. An application must be submitted to the sheriff by the individual who desires to obtain a pistol permit, and must satisfy the requirements of North Carolina law. These requirements are set out in Section II. of the North Carolina Concealed Carry Firearms Laws . (Available Online Email your thoughts to and we will publish the most interesting ones in our next issue! Last Month’s Question: Should marijuana be legalized in NC? Why not? Just like prohibition in the early 1900’s, the war on drugs has created it’s own Al Capone’s. Our jails are full of people with minor drug infractions. It does not make sense to continue with a policy that has obviously failed and empowered gangs and thugs. Not to mention the Billions of taxpayer dollars spent. Bill in Perquimans Beginning My Studies By Walt Whitman Beginning my studies the first step pleas’d me so much, The mere fact consciousness, these forms, the power of motion, The least insect or animal, the senses, eyesight, love, The first step I say awed me and pleas’d me so much, I have hardly gone and hardly wish’d to go any farther, But stop and loiter all the time to sing it in ecstatic songs. Albemarle Tradewinds May 2015 9