Yea thanks, it was very interesting and inspiring. I don't have time to check it now though but I could have sworn that they played a part of the interview twice (the part where he says something like you can't expect to be successful at taking a test if you never studied for it and instead indulged in the pleasures of life). Also he said he was going to talk about his switch from the Serbian monastery to the Coptic monastery but I never heard anything about it. I think it might have been a technical error or maybe I just missed something. Did anyone else experience this when watching it?
But overall I really enjoyed the videos.
Yes, I noticed the exact same thing. I have an audio file that has him speaking for about two hours to a group of pilgrims about his whole story in much more detail than the videos. I listened to the section that describes his transition from the Serbian Church to the Coptic Church and made some notes...
* He resigned his job at the university to stay at the Serbian monastery
* Stayed two months before receiving any catachesis, just participating in the services
* Bishop at the monastery sent him to a monastery in Serbia during the war in the 1990s
* He wasn't at peace being there during the war so he went to Mt. Athos in Greece (Philotheo) where he prayed in front of the Icon of the Theotokos to arrange for him to stay there.
* Immediately he found a monk who took him to the Abbot who then told him to stay the night and the next day they would arrange his permanent stay at the monastery.
* He stayed in Mt. Athos almost one year though he did not feel welcomed as a Non-Greek and became increasingly sad. He tells stories of one of the monks every day throwing his food at him!
* During this time he still did not have much faith or understanding, though he was certain of his relationship with St. Mary who always answered him and guided him.
* While walking one evening he had another miraculous vision of St. Mary who comforted him. His sadness went away and was even happy when the monk threw his food at him.
* After another six months he felt the need to go back to visit his Serbian bishop in Australia though every time he tried to step on the boat at the dock, a force prevented him from getting on the boat. He went back to the monastery.
* He tried again the next day taking with him his icon of the Mother of God (which he had left behind the previous day) and this time was able to get on the boat.
* In Australia, the Serbian bishop tonsured him a monk and he stayed there but still felt he was not established in the faith apart from his relationship with St. Mary.
* One day at the monastery three Egyptians came to visit (2 girls and 1 boy), an engaged couple and a friend of the couple. The couple went on a walk and the other girl invited Fr. Lazarus to read the Scriptures with her, which to this point he never did. The girl began to speak to Fr. Lazarus about all the covenants of God from the Old Testament to the New, the role of the prophets, etc...He said about two hours they talked. She was only 16-17 years old.
* She left the monastery and Fr. Lazarus was hungry for more...he called her and asked her to meet with him to talk more about the Scriptures. She began to teach him also how to pray. They met weekly or bi-weekly for about three months.
* He began to believe in Christianity in its fullness. The girl suggested that Fr. Lazarus visit the desert monasteries of Egypt. She began to tell him about the desert fathers and their monasteries still extent in Egypt. He became overwhelmed by the stories of the desert fathers.
* Pope Shenouda was coming on a visit to Australia and she arranged for Fr. Lazarus to meet with him to ask permission to visit St. Anthony's monastery in Egypt. The Pope granted his request.
* He came to Egypt and eventually made his way to St. Anthony's and later became a hermit in the mountain....
The rest of the story is fascinating but I am only including the part of the story of how he made his way from the Serbian Church to the Coptic Church.