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Greek Orthodox monastery against a stark Arizona backdrop
« on: September 22, 2010, 04:21:20 PM »
Publication: First Things
Author: Milliner, Matthew J
Date published: August 1, 2010

In 1995, when I was a college sophomore (in more ways than one), I drove from New Jersey to California with a med school dropout named Becky, in pursuit of some derivative of Jack Kerouac's open-road fantasia. Rebelling against the Christianity that was far too normative for our adventurous tastes, our goal was to make it to an ashram in California. Eastern spirituality, we assumed, held some kind of answer. Along the way we reveled in the beauty of the Southwestern desert, allowing it to serve as a template on which we projected our dogmatically vague spirituality. We were textbook cases of Generation X, grazing on the warmed-over countercultural leftovers the previous generation hadn't yet entirely consumed.

Somewhere outside Amarillo, Becky even half-heartedly burned her bra. Santa Fe, Flagstaff - I hurried onward to Haight-Ashbury with great expectations, only to find it colonized by Ben & Jerry's. At the ashram, Becky decided she was going to stay. The guru quoted Origen in defense of reincarnation, but the teachings didn't grab me. After a meal at a vegan restaurant, Becky and I said our good-byes, and in December I set off, hitchhiking back across the country....

In the same year an elderly monk from Mount Athos also drove through the desert, looking to establish an American base for a very different kind of Eastern spirituality, one more remote (in many ways) from the American religious imagination than ashrams and gurus. He was scouting a site for the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Anthony in the Sonoran desert. For all I know, Becky and I drove right past him.


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Re: Greek Orthodox monastery against a stark Arizona backdrop
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2010, 04:57:42 PM »
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Re: Greek Orthodox monastery against a stark Arizona backdrop
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2010, 05:02:21 PM »
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Indeed.  Fr. Ambrose, would you be willing to summarize it here (since we shouldn't reproduce the whole thing)?
"If you are going to serve the Lord, be prepared for times when you will be put to the test. Be sincere and determined. Keep calm when trouble comes. Stay with the Lord; never abandon Him and you will be prosperous at the end of your days. Accept whatever happens to you. Even if you suffer humiliation, be patient. Gold is tested by fire and human character is tested in the furnace of humiliation. Trust the Lord and He will help you. Walk straight in His ways and put your hope in Him. " Sir 2:1-6

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Re: Greek Orthodox monastery against a stark Arizona backdrop
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2010, 05:09:52 PM »
We were textbook cases of Generation X, grazing on the warmed-over countercultural leftovers the previous generation hadn't yet entirely consumed.

That sums up 90's counterculture really really well.

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Re: Greek Orthodox monastery against a stark Arizona backdrop
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2010, 05:53:51 PM »
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Indeed.  Fr. Ambrose, would you be willing to summarize it here (since we shouldn't reproduce the whole thing)?

The full article is on the Net here...

http://www.faqs.org/periodicals/201008/2080027211.html

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Re: Greek Orthodox monastery against a stark Arizona backdrop
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2010, 06:27:01 PM »
Thank you Fr. Ambrose!

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Re: Greek Orthodox monastery against a stark Arizona backdrop
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2010, 07:36:04 PM »
Yes, thank you.
"If you are going to serve the Lord, be prepared for times when you will be put to the test. Be sincere and determined. Keep calm when trouble comes. Stay with the Lord; never abandon Him and you will be prosperous at the end of your days. Accept whatever happens to you. Even if you suffer humiliation, be patient. Gold is tested by fire and human character is tested in the furnace of humiliation. Trust the Lord and He will help you. Walk straight in His ways and put your hope in Him. " Sir 2:1-6

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Re: Greek Orthodox monastery against a stark Arizona backdrop
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2010, 01:39:35 AM »
I went there about a month ago for my birthday(I don't like parties), I loved it. They invited me to come back and spend the night. I can't wait till I get the chance.
You sound like a professional who knows what he's talking about.  That's because you are.

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Re: Greek Orthodox monastery against a stark Arizona backdrop
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2010, 02:57:21 AM »
I went there about a month ago for my birthday(I don't like parties), I loved it. They invited me to come back and spend the night. I can't wait till I get the chance.


Hey, you stole my avatar!!!

Just kidding :) Lucky you!
Asemănându-te obiceiurilor râvnitorului Ilie şi urmând Botezătorului pe drepte cărări, Părinte Antonie, te-ai făcut locuitor pustiului şi ai întărit lumea cu rugăciunile tale. Pentru aceasta, roagă-te lui Hristos Dumnezeu, să mântuiască sufletele noastre.

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Re: Greek Orthodox monastery against a stark Arizona backdrop
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2010, 12:49:34 PM »
I went there about a month ago for my birthday(I don't like parties), I loved it. They invited me to come back and spend the night. I can't wait till I get the chance.


Hey, you stole my avatar!!!

Just kidding :) Lucky you!
Oh, no! It is not your avatar! Yours is much darcker, his it is much lighter  :laugh: :angel:
(Just kidding)
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