My readers are no doubt familiar, at least in some small measure, of the turmoil recently afflicting the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the province of the Church of Antioch in the United States and Canada.
The turmoil is not at all settled, and indeed may yet continue for some time. However, this promises to be a wonderful opportunity for the faithful to grow in their faith. Patience, endurance, faith, ascetical endeavour, and the like are all the only recourse to those who believe. For them, this bad weather will prove to be a door to grace. For those who are in it for the culture or are mere spiritual tourists; they will be like chaff before the foul winds of the human passions which we sense roiling around us.
Among the blessings for me, is the discovery of more rich resources of our Orthodox faith. I have recently become aware of the postings of the blogsite, Ochlophobist, http://ochlophobist.blogspot.com/
Just today, he offered a post which beautifully captures the problem of our Antiochian Orthodox problem in America. We simply do not have a well-rounded spiritual diet, stemming from the experiential gaps in our hierarchy (this does not include Bp JOSEPH, who is a notable exception). Read Ochlophobist’s post of July 2nd, 2009, introducing Notes on Arab Orthodoxy blog which will orient you and also introduce you to a new blogsite, Arab Orthodoxy, http://araborthodoxy.blogspot.com/ That site has lots of meat and is worth visiting often, by my initial reckoning.
In the meanwhile, may the all merciful Lord send down His blessing!