Theophany

The streams of the Jordan received Thee who art the fountain, and the Comforter descended in the form of a dove. He who bowed the heavens bowed his head, and the clay cried aloud to Him who formed him: ‘Why dost Thou command of me what lays beyond my power? For I have need to be baptized of Thee.’ O […]

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Christmas Greetings

Make ready, Oh Bethlehem: let the manger be prepared, let the cave show its welcome. The truth has come, the shadow has passed away; born of a Virgin, God has appeared to men, formed as we are and making Godlike the garment he put on. Therefore Adam is renewed with Eve, and they call out: ‘Thy good pleasure has appeared on […]

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7hills Indian Restaurant

2/16 Marshall Ln, Kenmore Q 4069 The recommendation of a friend took us to this somewhat sparsely appointed restaurant, but the reality belied the appearance. The onion pakoras were made of large slices of onion and came fresh from the pan, beautifully crisp, with a dish of tamarind sauce. From the long list of curries we chose Spinach Dal; the vegetable had been broken into tiny specks, […]

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Times a’Changin’

A group of friends, on the verge of leaving school, has come together for a barbeque at a campsite on the edge of town. It’s a significant time, for they are poised on the brink of independent adult life, ready to create their own identities and shape the world around them. Someone has brought a tape recorder, and as they […]

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Bishop Maxim Vasiljevic on Tradition

Orthodox Tradition is a custom-dominated (cultural) rather than reason-dominated tradition, which means that it addresses the whole person (and not just their intellect) at the level of morals and daily life.  There are other cultures, on the other hand, such as the Western, which require intellectual explanations, a continual catechesis. How did the Orthodox people survive under the rule of […]

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Halim’s Indian Taj Restaurant

1/155 Baroona Rd, Rosalie Village, Milton Q 4064 An Indian restaurant that boasts of having catered to ‘the Indian and Sri Lankan Cricket Team’ sounds as though it will be worth trying. Our meal gets off to a slightly disappointing start, as the Palak Pakoras of spinach and onions are unaccountably dry, even when drenched with the chilli sauce that accompanies them. […]

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Nancy Marie Brown’s The Abacus and the Cross The Story of the Pope who brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages (2010)

It’s always good to come across a book aimed at a wide readership that presents an important topic that has been undeservedly neglected, especially one that is written in a lively style. Nancy Marie Brown examines the career of Gerbert of Aurillac, a mathematician who became pope (Silvester II, 999-1003). In doing so she rescues the middle ages from charges of anti-scientific obscurantism, effectively […]

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Sergius Bulgakov on Adam

What were the possibilities and limits for Adam’s human nature, particularly in relation to death? Man was created perfect, but this perfection even in Adam was not a final and definitive one. Spirituality of the flesh was given to him only as a natural harmony by virtue of God’s creative act, but this spirituality was not assimilated by him. Man […]

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