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Monthly Archives: April 2012

In Peace Let Us Pray to the Lord

by Jim Forest Some years ago, while in Moscow as a guest of the parish of Saints Cosmos and Damien, a church not far from the Kremlin, I was sitting at a desk just outside the office of the rector making notes for a talk I was to give that night. I had been at […]

The Road to Emmaus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life

By Jim Forest Each of the stories about Christ’s resurrection is a challenge to the rational part of ourselves. Dead people are dead, period. There is the account in John’s Gospel of Mary Magdalene’s encounter with him near the empty tomb. Until he speaks to her by name, she thinks he must be the gardener. […]

Pilgrim in Jerusalem

by Jim Forest As is often the case with much-visited thin places, pilgrims often find themselves unready once they arrive, no matter how much preparation they have made. Standing at the door of the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem (or the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as it’s better known to Christians in the […]

Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day (Oakham lecture)

(Lecture given at the annual conference of Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland meeting at Oakham, England in April 2012) By Jim Forest What initially put Merton on the world map was the publication in 1948 of his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain. It was an account of growing up on both sides […]

Lessons in Peacemaking

[lecture given June 2nd at the 2012 conference of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship held in Abbotsford, British Columbia] by Jim Forest This talk began with a request from Alex Patico. He wrote: “At the Orthodox Peace Fellowship conference, I’d like you to speak about peacemaking, not so much abstract reflections on the subject of peacemaking, […]