A few notes: the recipe is very flexible and it can
be modified as above per taste; the quantities are not set in stone. Save the
pulp from any juicing you may do (containing carrots, apple, celery, beets etc). The pulp
can be frozen for later use. The above pulp I also use it to make brownies for my family (and in this
way I cut down on the actual flour I have to use)!
In a large bowl combine all the ingredients. The mixture
should be firm enough in order to mold in small 1.5in balls. If the mixture is
too thick add oil, if not, then omit it. On a greased baking tray arrange the
scones and place in a preheated oven for 30 min at 350F. Yields: about 15-17 scones.
Every one of us is a potential saint, even if we do not believe right now! Metropolitan Nicholas (Khadzhinkolai) of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki, a hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, considers disbelief the most valuable experience in the spiritual life.
"I didn't need someone's stories and arguments about Christ; I was looking to experience His presence"
Metropolitan Nicholas of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki—Despota Nicholas, why does disbelief have meaning and value for you? It is, quite frankly, paradoxical to hear from a metropolitan…
—Because the Lord reveals Himself only to those who sincerely doubt His existence. I doubted. When I was seventeen, I straight out said, "I am an atheist."
—Did it last long?
—About until I was twenty-two. I still believe it's better to humbly doubt from the sidelines than to boast of being within the Church's enclosure [when you don't actually believe]. My best teachers in the faith were not "savvy" theologians and hereditary clergymen, but those who underwent the novitiate of unbelief.
—It's all the stranger to hear from a Greek—it's more like something from recent Russian history…
—Greece truly perceives itself as being within the two-thousand-year continuous tradition, and with you [Russians—Trans.] everything is indeed being born again! This explains the inexpressible color and freshness of Church life. It is a revolution of the Spirit! It's unique in the history of mankind and indicative for Orthodoxy throughout the world, because our faith is not of this world. That's why I didn't want to believe in my youth simply "because you have to." I didn't need anyone's stories and arguments about Christ, I was looking to experience His presence. But He didn't come. And I confessed: "I don't know anything about Him." The true God is the One without Whom it's impossible to live. The Church lives by Him, because He isn't a certain sum of opinions about Him by certain people; He is Life itself.
Since you're already physicists… First lessons on Athos
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"Throughout this period, at every service in Great Lent, we say the prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian ("O Lord and Master of my life…."), With these words, the saint wishes to make us understand very clearly, that, apart from other virtues we need to take special care with the last case, that of self-censure and of criticism of our bothers and that without love for our fellow human beings there's no chance of making even the slightest progress towards our spiritual purification. If we don't pay attention to our thoughts, our words and our heart, there's no benefit in fasting."
Since God is continuously present, why do you worry? For in Him we live and move. We are carried in His arms. We breathe God; we are vested with God; we touch God; we consume God in Mystery. Wherever you turn, wherever you look, God is everywhere: in the heavens, on the earth, in the abysses, in the trees, within the rocks, in your nous, in your heart. So can't He see that you are suffering, that you are going through tribulations? Tell Him your grievances and you will see consolation, you will see healing which will heal not only the body, but even more so the passions of your soul.
Monastic Wisdom - The Letters of Elder Joseph the Hesychast