November 16, 2019
  • 9:14 pm Qesis Dr. Mebratu Kiros – Bible Study @ Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church – December 16, 2017
  • 9:14 pm Qesis Tekeste Admassu – የኅዳር ጽዮን ጉባኤ @ Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church – December 1, 2017
  • 9:14 pm Slavski kolač za početnike (posno) Br.2 – Ritual Bread
  • 9:14 pm Strangest News | Man Allegedly Disappears In Brazil, After Performing Occult Alchemy Ritual
  • 9:14 pm Rise – Hillsong Worship
The reality of spiritual fatherhood in Orthodoxy (Fr. Rafail)



I saw all my previous life as darkness and blind search. Later on, when I finally moved to the monastery and lived there, I used to say that actually I was born when I met Father Sophrony [Sakharov]. When I was born, I was already 20 years old. I saw all my previous life as darkness and blind search. Several years later a click happened in my mind (I use this word again) and I realized that I used to say something theologically correct. St. Paul tells the Corinthians: “For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have you not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you…” [1 Corinthians 4:15]. When I understood that what I was saying was theologically grounded, I realized that spiritual fatherhood and spiritual birth are a reality. I can not say a "physical" one, but it is a "real" reality… It is not a symbol. It is a reality. A reality even stronger than the physical one, though not palpable.

Otis Rodgers

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  1. Jennifer Cuddy Posted on July 25, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Amen. I thank God for the priest I attribute to chasing the demons out of me. From then on it was as though I had been cured from blindness. Yet somehow it was familiar to me as was my childhood before I was exposed to harmful things.

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