An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
Local Coptic Church catches fire. Thankfully the Church still stands and can be repaired. No word on a cause.
We are blessed to have these people in our community...and in return they are blessed to be here since I am sure a significant number of them have fled Egypt for reasons related to the ongoing fear and danger Copts must endure there.
Amnesty International, curiously enough, is more interested in "alleged" offenses committed by the country to which the Copts have found refuge. Excusing their morally unbalanced focus with the far fetched notion that if the US had a perfect human rights record (as judged by or compared to who?), that that example would somehow end or lessen the utter lack of freedoms in so much of the Middle East?
I suppose it could be a little utilitarian. Even if the allegations are true, only in modern western democracies could should criticism accomplish anything. None-the-less, I take note of which nation receives more LEGAL immigrants than all other nations combined. (Imagine if they counted the illegal ones?)
It sure is sad to drive by the church. It looks like a can opener was used on it. With every good intention, mind you! It certainly points to the need for parishes to have good fire insurance. -- Bob K.