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had made up to then, dissipated as if it never existed.

What eventually lifted him out of this misery was an intrinsic need to be saved. So he turned to the Alina Victoria Paraschiv, Bucharest heavens and asked: ‘My Lord, what shall I do?’ The stepping outside of his One day while living in the desert, dwelling can be interpreted as a troubling thoughts upset Saint symbolic gest of taking the decision to Anthony. He decided to pray to God, seek help for the hopeless situation he and he said: ‘My Lord, I want to save was in. Outside he received a message my soul but troubling thoughts will not from God through an angel. The let me be. What shall I do? How can I answer to his problem was within him, be saved?’ because he has lived it before. He just Stepping outside, he saw a man of great needed someone to point it out for him. likeness to himself alternatively We are often overwhelmed by working and praying as Saint Anthony oversight and desperation, and we must himself used to do. This man was an understand that these are temptations angel of God sent to him to show him and we should treat them as such. With the way and to strengthen his faith. He God’s grace, all we need to do is what heard the angel saying: ‘Do as I do and we already know that we must do: you will be saved’ When Saint work and pray. The dissatisfaction that Anthony heard this, he felt happy and we sometimes feel is a temptation full of hope. trying to throw us off God’s way. This story is found in the book named [English version by dr. Simona Eracovici] Paterikon (The Book of Our Spiritual Fathers) written in the 4th century AD, The prayer in Egypt. The Paterikon is not a book exclusively addressed to monks, even of St Ephraim of Syria though they are the main characters in Recited mostly during the Great Lent, the it. It is a book for everyone, offering prayer could be a proper guide for the spiritual advice and great insight into the solitary lives of many generations fast of the mind, which takes the whole life of a Christian. of monks, devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Within this book we can also seek answers to many of our spiritual Lord and Master of my life, Give me not a spirit of idleness, needs and ways of dealing with meddling, love of power and idle talk. everyday temptations. The story above deals with a situation But grant me, your servant, a spirit of that we can all relate to at some point soberness, humility, patience and in our lives. Saint Anthony, an love. otherwise experienced monk, felt Yes, Lord and King, grant me to see overwhelmed by an unusual state of my own faults, and not to condemn laziness, disgust, carelessness and my brother, for blessed are you, to the melancholy. All the spiritual gain he ages of ages. Amen.

Paterikon – The Book of Our Spiritual Fathers

Freedom and love are simple words. They are not simply actions. True freedom means something much more and different from a me first kind of individualism. Genuine love consistently requires some very hard decisions. Community neither comes naturally nor is purchased cheaply. (M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community-Making and Peace, Arrow Books, 1990, p. 21).

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INFORMAŢII DE LA CONSULATUL GENERAL AL ROMÂNIEI LA SYDNEY
Procura pentru ridicarea pensiei din România
Cetăţenii români care se află în Australia / Noua Zeelandă în mod temporar sau permanent, şi care beneficiază, conform legii, de drepturi de pensie pentru vechime în muncă sau pentru caz de boală ori pentru invaliditate, pot solicita autorităţilor române competente respectarea drepturilor băneşti ce li se cuvin. În vederea susţinerii acestor interese, ei pot fi reprezentaţi prin mandatari. Persoanele interesate vor completa formularul de procură pentru ridicarea pensiei (pus la dispoziţie de Ambasadă / Consulat), în două exemplare, cu toate datele. După autentificare, procura va fi transmisă în România unei persoane împuternicite, numită mandatar. Mandatarul reprezintă interesele solicitantului, prezentând procura către Casa de Pensii teritorială, aflată în subordinea Ministerului Muncii, Solidarităţii Sociale şi Familiei. Persoanele care nu au deschis încă dosarul de pensionare în România vor completa procura pentru deschiderea dosarului de pensionare, cu toate datele, şi o vor transmite persoanei împuternicite, împreună cu celelalte acte solicitate de instituţia competentă din România. Procurile pentru ridicarea pensiei au o valabilitate de 18 luni de la data autentificării şi, începând cu 17 iunie 2003, sunt scutite de plata taxelor consulare.

CONSTRUCŢIE COMUNITARĂ

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