If these bleak landscapes are all that remain of true Christian culture in Western Europe, where the Orthodox Faith once flourished, what hope is there for the South, which has only ever breathed the less than wholesome air of post-Orthodox Europe?
If I can say a few words, by the way, about the hostility towards Russia that one finds here in the United States and maybe in the West in general:
The current mission of the order of Saint Lazarus is eternal, historical mission of healing minds, spirits and bodies regardless the political, ethnic or religious boundaries.
Maybe Mr Putin visits Mount Athos because he feels it feeds his soul, guiding him in a way that is not necessarily obvious to an increasingly lost western society.
When the news came though on the Friday morning I was at London City Airport, right in the heart of the financial capital, on my way to a conference in Germany.
“It is good to hide the secret of a king, but it is glorious to reveal and preach the works of God” (Tobit 12:7) So said the Archangel Raphael to Tobit when he performed the wonderful healing of his blindness.