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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)?
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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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Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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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.
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."" Isaac Asimov

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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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