Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse: Liberty

I love my country and over twenty years ago I wrote an essay expressing my gratitude to her. It was one of the first pieces I every published and describes immigrating to America when I was a young boy. May God this great country from those who would do harm both within and without. "Wake up," my father whispered. "We're almost there." It was a cold March morning. I was six years … [Read more...]

Church vs. Reich

What happened to Christians under the Nazi Regime? The traditionalists went to concentration camps, many fell away and adopted the Nazi neo-paganism, and some clergy actively supported the Third Reich. From the essay: [T]he persecution of the Church was camouflaged as “positive Christianity,” which claimed through the use of quotations from the Bible to be fulfilling God’s commandments: “They … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church Canonizes New Martyr Who Died at the Hands of the Nazis

- Source: Orthodox Cognate The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia has canonized Russian national Alexander Schmorell, a native of Orenburg, who was executed by the Nazi regime in 1943 for organizing an anti-fascist student group called the White Rose, the Church Bulletin publication reported. The ceremony to glorify St. Alexander of Munich, who was 25 yeas old when he died, ended in … [Read more...]

Renewing Christendom: T.S. Eliot – The Journey of the Magi [AUDIO]

Below is a rare recording taken from a live interview T.S. Eliot did for the BBC during World War II. Eliot reads his poem "The Journey of Magi" where the sojourner retraces the steps of the Magi in his own time and place. The poem recalls a time when the knowledge of Christ was more widespread than it is today, and those who have come to the Orthodox faith and grasped the power of the Gospel of … [Read more...]

The Limits of Secularism

An outsanding analysis by the Chief Rabbi of England Lord Sacks. Some highlights: In 1997...I argued that the world had moved on since (Isaiah) Berlin's great 1957 lecture "Two Concepts of Liberty" (.pdf), and that the threat to liberty was now different: not totalitarianism but rather the internal moral decay of free societies. So there it is: the evidence that intellectuals have … [Read more...]