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Pray for Claudiu Alexandru! What it means to be a member of the St Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Parish
Rev. Doru Costache
According to our Church’s statute, the members considered for the right to vote are only those who are registered in the members’ register – those that carry out their moral and material duties. The material duty being the annual fee, however, this small contribution represents a sense of belonging in the community. Nonetheless, for a true church to exist and be properly organized, it’s important to have the spiritual progress of each and every one of us, because that would really constitute the true form and proof of belonging. It’s no secret the fact that some registered members, with the right to vote, attend church only occasionally. A similar situation is noticed also in the fact that some people, that are not yet members, joined our parish by mere curiosity, after a christening or other rituals. Most of us are often busy in our private lives, at workplace or around home, and as it is often the case not many of us tend to refuse the opportunity to go out even on Sundays. However those of us who truly belong to God’s nation, won’t allow those activities to stand in the way of God and the holy liturgy. By not being part of the holy liturgy – even though we might think it is sufficient to pray anywhere, shows denial towards our brothers and sisters. It’s also a denial to the true meaning of membership, which you solicited and was given to you by the church committee, as a member of the community. I encourage all parish members (even those who have yet to apply for membership) who do not participate to the holy liturgy, to deeply meditate upon their life options. I do not intend to scare anyone, however I am merely advising those in question, that they are in grave spiritual danger. I am not talking about punishments – God is merciful. It’s about a question of spiritual standstill and not achieving self -fulfillment in Christ our Savior. Those of us that gather weekly and attend the holy liturgy, young and old, we also pray for all those missing; however, we cannot do anything on their behalf. According to the Orthodox Church’ rules and guidelines, let it be known that the absentees from the holy liturgy for longer than three weeks, without proper justification, can have their membership withdrawn (as per canon 80 from synod 5-6 ecumenical and canon11 from Sardica synod). No one can pretend to be part of the Church or God’s nation, if they do not participate to the holy liturgy. My words are also addressed to those faithful who participate on a
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Letters to a child of the future: 1
Lily Strungaru
My Dear Child, As a child, many years ago my grandfather shared his philosophy on life with me. He told me that the secret for a happy and fulfilling life was to have someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to. These seemingly simple, yet meaningful words, have stayed with me ever since. I’ve come to realize their true importance over the years, through the many encounters of my life’s journey. I’ve come to understand that life is constructed by many moments
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The Creed – the topic of our catechetical discussions
Rev. Dr. Doru Costache
Those eager for prayer have enthusiastically welcomed the initiation of the every-Friday night service, which has also given us the opportunity to inaugurate our catechetical discussions about the Creed. I have chosen the Creed as the topic of our discussions thinking that it will contribute to a better establishment of our community life, as it is the main form of expressing our faith. After all, we gather not only because we are Romanians (there are also heterodox Romanians and atheist Romanians; and among us there are some non-Romanians), but mainly because we are orthodox. Under these circumstances learning about our common faith can become a strong reason to meet one another in front of our Lord. The holy fathers (theologians and bishops) of the Church officially formulated this testimony of our faith, the Creed, in the first two ecumenical synods. These ecumenical synods (clerical meetings with representatives of nearly all churches) have taken place at Nicaea (in 325 AD) and Constantinople (in 381 AD), and their goal was to reject those teachings that did not accept the faith in the Holy Trinity. The term catechism, used for the Christian education in church, comes from Greek and it means “to educate orally” and “through dialog”. our criteria do not come from convictions of the worldly wisdom but from God, the one and only trustworthy. In the past the Creed started more adequately with the words “we believe”, indicating the fact that it is a joint confession of what defines us. In one God. In those days when most of the religions were polytheistic, the statement that there is only one God was of great importance for the establishment of the truth. Today we can use this statement in a spiritual way: we have to fight against our tendencies to transform our preoccupations, pleasures or needs into gods or idols. If we believe with all our heart that there is only one God we will never submit to things like money, alcohol, not even to our own vanity or any other earthly pleasure. In comparison to the religions that preach about a number of gods or even only one god, Christianity gives testimony about one God in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although there are three persons there are not three Gods but one God. This is one of the mysteries we have accepted through our faith and we proclaim it during our liturgy. The priest urges: “Let us love one another that with one mind we may confess” to which the Christians answer: “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Trinity one in essence and inseparable”. ther” we confess that we are his sons and therefore brothers and sisters to one another. This means that if we pray together we have to accept each other as sons of the same Father. For not accepting and loving our neighbour means not admitting to be the Father’s sons. The Almighty. The unmeasurable power of God, through which he created the universe, is revealed together with his care or providence. It is new proof that God is a loving Father. Nothing could exist if God would not sustain the world and life. He is everywhere present with the power of his work (his energy), so “in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts of the Apostles 17:28). The fact that we exist is a daily miracle to which we got used to so much that we do not see it as a miracle anymore. But if we exist it is only through the mercy of the Almighty. Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. The expression, referring to the first divine revelation, that is the creation of the world (God reveals himself through the creation of all things, as being the one who gives life), recalls the language of the first verse of the Bible. Only the expression “heaven and earth” is not describing our planet and the starry sky, the material universe. These words have a metaphoric role explained by the association with the terms “visible and invisible”. Thus, “the earth” means “all that is seen”, the material universe, and “heaven” means “all that is unseen”, the spiritual universe of the angels. We therefore firstly confess our belief that there is nothing outside God’s power or that has gained its existence in a different way but by God’s creative action. Secondly we confess that the seen and unseen world is not eternal but
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The first statement of the Creed: I believe in one God, Father Almighty, The Father. God has not revealed maker of heaven and earth, and of himself as an authoritative master or all things visible and invisible. as a tyrant. He is first of all a Father. I believe …The first words “I be- We can pray because he has revealed himself to us as a loving and a caring lieve” or Credo, in Latin, gave the Father. As Father he has the wisdom title of this confession of the faith. They indicate that we are members to work in a different way with each of his children, according to their of the Church (in Greek “royal possibilities and understanding. We house” and “gathering of the chosen”) because God has spoken to us are never left without his care and and has called us. We are God’s peo- the trials we have to endure in our ple because we believe in his word, life are always measured to our strength. The Son who was sent for because we trust him. Our way of our salvation revealed his Father’s life, the hope, our aspirations and love for us. By calling him “our Fa-

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The Creed…

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THE CREED
(the official version of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia)
I believe in one God, Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages, light from light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one essence with the Father; through him all things were made. Who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became human, and was crucified for us under

created by God in time, according to the love (mark of the Father), the wisdom (mark of the Son) and his power (mark of the Holy Spirit). Thirdly we confess that the world is neither simply visible, as would the materialists believe (in this case there would be no spiritual existence) nor simply invisible, as would the spiritualists believe (in this case matter is an illusion), but seen and unseen alike in the complexity of its unity. Fourthly we get to the conclusion that man, who is also complex in its unified being (soul and body), can live neither a purely bodily existence nor a purely spiritual one. As God himself has assumed the human body proves that we can live bodily in the spirit and spiritually in the body. This is why the Holy Fathers of the Church recognise in the Orthodox faith the recovery of the natural and fulfilled life. [English version by Cristina T nase]

Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried, and rose on the third day according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again in glory to judge the living and dead, and his kingdom will have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, and who spoke through the prophets. In one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I expect the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the ages to come. Amen.

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that constantly alter one’s perspective on the world. But, as I learned, it is the way a person reacts to different situations that really make a difference. Life, my child, is many things at many different times. It can be interesting, exciting, exhilarating, challenging, discouraging, stressful or sad. There may be times when you’ll wonder why we have to go through grief or sadness in our lives. I remember my feelings as a young teenager when my family moved far away to a new country, a new continent, and a land that seemed so different to my original birthplace. For a while I felt lonely and intimidated by a culture that was totally unfamiliar to me. I struggled to accept and be accepted within a society that seemed alien to me. But as time passed and my new language skills improved, I became more self assured and confident. I gained a better understanding of my new adoptive country, its culture and its
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people. I grew to love it more than I thought possible. I came to realize that whatever changes, losses or grief, pain, mistakes and heartaches we might encounter in our lives, they are all part of a person’s journey in life. Everything we experience good or bad serves a purpose and is meant to teach us a lesson and help us become wiser and stronger. I have learned to live in the moment, as each passing moment is precious. I remember my dear grandmother would praise the Lord each day when she woke up. She taught me to thank God for every day of my life, because each day is a new day, a new beginning, another opportunity. My child, you have to learn to count the blessings in your life and to be filled with gratitude, for your very existence is a miracle in itself. Cherish the people you love for they may not be there tomorrow when you wake up. Learn to appreciate others and never take anything or anyone for granted. Live

a full life, a life of meaning and purpose and never lose sight of your dreams. Learn to forgive others and not to hold onto grudges because none of us are perfect and we all make mistakes. Try and look for the good in people instead of trying to find faults in them. Do not judge people according to their social status because it does not matter if one is rich or poor. We are all individuals with the same worth as every other member of the human race. Learn to accept people for who and what they are without false expectations or judgment. Do not take life too seriously and learn to laugh often at life or even at yourself. Be true to yourself and do not diminish your own worth by comparing yourself with others. It is our own uniqueness that makes each of us special. Do not let your life slip away by living in the past nor for the future, instead live your life one day at a time. I will talk to you again soon.

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THE SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY
Rev. Dr. Doru Costache
of our life and hope… The tree on the far horizon / might well be your mother waiting. Everything is familiar to us, like the womb of our mother – and the womb is everything. And within the frame of the cosmos, of this humanised universe, of this world made in our image, the chaos of distance disappears… You are no longer in wind and rain without shelter, for our Lord is everywhere and the whole nature is marked by a familiar touch. All is light. Even the words will support you during your lifetime obstinate fight with the idols of your mind, with the gods and demons of your shadow. During this struggle and at the end of it, when liberated and full The coming of our Lord, Logos of life, our hearts will become and Redeemer of all creation, and mountains – able to experience for most of all his praised resurrection, introduced necessary geodesics into ever the glory of the utter stillness… In the end you will be victorious: the chaos of our consciousness, in the middle of nowhere… Therefore, there is no risk of being twice dead, defeated by decay and forgotten: you everything in the world for us is meaningful and enlightened. We are will be remembered, you will be living no more into the hasty point- alive. The terms in italics are from the less recurrent weekly cycle, but into book Mother – A Moving Reflection a world of everyday Eucharistic miracle, into a real world, full of life. of God, poems by Archbishop StyliWe are permanently and contempla- anos S. Harkianakis (ATF Press, tively experiencing Sunday’s beauty Adelaide, 2005). Dedicated to all mothers in the world, the volume and joy. Subsequently, our way of experiencing Christianity is related displays the author’s complex sensibility towards all that is wonderful to poetry… What would become of us without and meaningful in our lives. You do not need to think about of a particular Sunday. Instead, my short essay will focus on a special & permanent feature of the Orthodox Christendom – its poetic sensibility in expressing the experience of faith and life. I called this essay The Sunday of Orthodoxy because for us Orthodox Christians living the faith represents an act of celebration; and celebration is full of joy, as are the paschal liturgy and every Sunday liturgy. This feeling of joy and our propensity for poetic expression derives from our very consciousness that both space and time are no longer without orientation marks, without cardinal points. analogies! Everything around us represents a metaphor of ourselves, I took the liberty of mixing all these poetical words into a phraseolextent they might be right. But I wonder if we know, young or old, how to really carry on the fight for Christ. What is the right way to fight, according to the rules of the game, when only few of us bother to attend the holy confession? Isn’t the holy confession part of the rules of the game? Or how can someone tell me that they are true Christians, if they take revenge and hate their close ones, for whom Christ died on the cross… How can we sing “Forgive our sins, as we forgive those who trespass against us”, without understanding that they are pledging towards God the following facts: that they will forgive one another as God forgives them… We will be judged by God in the same way that we judge people. We must ponder together at what we truly represent. We are God’s nation and humanity’s elites. We cannot become too complacent about this rotten world. If we think the way the world thinks then we do not belong to Christ. Even if we pay our membership fee… [English version by Lily Strungaru] ogy, which represents mainly the feelings I experienced when reading. After all, every book is the womb where everyone may contemplate the wonder of budding life, the other books that could be born of it… It is extremely difficult to speak about a volume of poetry; it is the reason why I choose to dream and sing together with the Archbishop, and not to critically analyse the marvellous texture of his metaphorical discourse. It is Sunday – the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the Sunday of Poetry. For Poetry was never alien to Orthodoxy.

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regular basis; a praised effort indeed! But let not confuse going to church with everything there is to do, in a Christian sense. In fact, even Christ our Savior, teaches us that not one of us ever achieved everything asked of us, but let alone pretend that we did more... I am not referring to the fact that we are sinful people. We all have sins. I am referring more to our submissions in sin especially our hatred toward people. Maybe some will tell me that they are fighting it. And perhaps to some

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A Tale of Two Easters
by Liliana Strungaru
Easter is not only a movable holiday but a multiple one: in most years Western Christian churches and Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Easter on different dates: in 2005, for example, Easter is celebrated on March 27 by Western churches and May 1 by Orthodox churches. A Simple Formula, Complicated Interpretations The formula for Easter—"The first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox"—is identical for both Western and Orthodox Easters, but the churches base the dates on different calendars: Western churches use the Gregorian calendar, the standard calendar for much of the world, and Orthodox churches use the older, Julian calendar. When is A Full Moon Full? The two churches vary on the definition of the vernal equinox and the full moon. The Eastern Church sets the

date of Easter according to the actual, astronomical full moon and the actual equinox as observed along the meridian of Jerusalem, site of the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Relation to Passover The Eastern Orthodox Church also applies the formula so that Easter always falls after Passover, since the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ took place after he entered Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. In the Western Church, Easter sometimes precedes Passover by weeks. Why One Faith and Two Easters? The Western church does not use the actual, or astronomically correct date for the vernal equinox, but a fixed date. And by full moon it does not mean the astronomical full moon but the “ecclesiastical moon”, which is based on tables created by the church. These constructs allow the date of Easter to be calculated in advance rather than determined by actual astronomical observances, which are naturally less predictable. Reconciling East and West A meeting organized by the Council of World Churches (in Aleppo, Syria, March 5-10, 1997) proposed a solution thought to be favorable to both East and West: both methods of calculation the equinox and the paschal full moon would be replaced with the most advanced astronomically accurate calculations available, using the meridian of Jerusalem as the point of measure. Since that meeting, however, no further progress has been made and the problem remains.

THE SPIRIT OF ANZAC by Coreena Cruceanu
The nightmare, the terror, To what extent thy shall never know; However strict the naked eye shall see, The heart shall fill with love; For those women who willingly volunteered through the utmost love in their hearts Who shall be remembered through history as a critical part of the past. Thou shall be honored for not only work, For the tears and sacrifices, love and support. For those who marched into battlefields With heads held high and songs sung loud. However terrible their lives must have turned; The diseases, starvation and severe situations Now brings honor upon their names, As they shall forever be our heroes. Even through the darkest of times, They brought up the courage to keep on going. Those who went through these traumas and pain, We pray for those scars so they shall heal and fade away. For their strength of spirit and love of heart, Which kept them going until the end. Their desires, hopes and spirits are now profoundly lost Within the fields of poppies, Amongst the rows upon rows of crosses; Thou shall mark the place, The place where our brave and heroic soldiers’ Immortal souls shall linger in the air, And their weary and wounded bodies shall forever rest in peace.

The man – prayerful being
Alina Victoria Paraschiv
We pray in the Holy Liturgy, we pray at home, sometime at our job or when we travel. But, how many are thinking that the prayerful attitude of pure and humble hart (Psalm 51:18) must accompany all our thoughts and deeds? It’s a long and difficult way until the prayerful disposition will become the style of our life. Saints are our models, and more than they, Jesus. Don’t you see how many times he retired for prayer, before and after an action?
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tives. She gave an egg to each of them saying “Christ has resurrected”. All of them answered: “Truly, he has resurrected”. This is a by Simona Strungaru custom kept even nowadays. After the Resurrection of Christ a There are a few legends that try to miracle happened. The apostles anexplain the origin of painted eggs. nounced everywhere in Jerusalem When Jesus Christ was alive he that the Saviour of the world has was hit by his people with stones risen from the dead. A woman that that turned into red eggs. sold eggs on the street wouldn’t beWhile Jesus Christ had been lieve this and said: “As true is the judged in front of Pillat, good hearted people gave red eggs to the fact that the eggs I sell are red, the same is the story about the resurrecchildren and asked them to give them, in turn, to their parents so that tion of Christ”. She hadn’t finished they become more kind and thus to yet her sentence when suddenly all the eggs from her basket became as save Jesus. In the memory of this red as blood and from that moment fact people paint eggs. she believed in the Resurrection. To On Easter eggs are painted red in remembrance of the innocent blood remember this, red eggs are painted on Easter. of Christ, spilled for our sins (the When a certain Simon went to culsins of humanity). The first red eggs have been made by Mary Magdalena tivate his field, he took some bread and a few eggs. On his way he ento bring joy to her sisters and rela-

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countered the Saviour, took the cross from His shoulders and carried it up to his field. There he gave the cross back to Jesus and started working his field. Because he was tired and hungry he opened his bag. To his amazement he saw that the ordinary bread had turned into (Easter) pound cake and instead of white eggs there were beautiful red eggs. Simon told this miracle to his woman and made her understand that it was a sign from heaven and urged her to make such sweet cake and red eggs for the resurrection of Christ!!

Mordor to destroy the Ring of power. With him went his faithful servant (and friend) Sam, another two Hobbits: Merry and Pippin, the wizard Gandalf, a dwarf: Gimli son of Gloin, an Elf: Legolas from Mirkwood, and two men: Boromir of Gondor and Aragorn son of Arathorn, heir to the throne of Gondor. Together they set out to Mordor. They by Ioana Maria Costache passed through many adventures and in the dwarf city of Moria; Gandalf Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, was there slain by a Balrog, an Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of ancient evil creature. stone, Then they passed through the Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, fair elven city of LothOne for the Dark Lord on his dark throne lorien. There they were In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. hosted by Lady Galadriel One Ring to rule them all. One ring to find them, and the lord of the Galadhrim One Ring to bring them all and in the Celeborn. Each received a gift darkness bind them from the Elves at their deparIn the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. ture. They also received boats for their journey on One of the best books I ever read is The Lord of the the great river. Finally they had to decide weather to go Rings. Many had seen the movie, but they can trust me: to Minas Tirith with Boromir or to go through some it is better to read the book! The story is wonderful and deserted lands to Mordor. Frodo then decided he will go the characters very nice. Most of all, it is worthy to read alone to Mordor but he took Sam with him to and they the book for learning how to figure out the difference went. But they were not alone… between good and evil, and how to cherish friendship To Be Continued… and life… DID YOU KNOW?!?!? The dark fearsome Ringwraiths were searching for a A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours! Hobbit. Frodo Baggins was his name, and they were A goldfish has a memory span of 3 seconds. seeking for him and the Ring he had – the Ring of Only one person in about 3 billion will live to be 116 years Power that would enable evil Sauron to destroy all that or over. was good in Middle-Earth. Frodo was going to the On average, people fear spiders more than death! Elven city of Rivendell where he was sent by the wizChina has more people that speak English than the United ard Gandalf the Grey. From there he and a small band of companions had to go to Mount Doom in the land of States of America. (by Simona Strungaru)

the books we are reading

J.R.R. TOLKIEN The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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Romania’s warm, sunny east coast— which borders the Black Sea—has dozens of sandy beaches and a huge wildlife preserve. by Robert Cruceanu Romania’s rural people hold Romania, also spelled Rumania, is festivals at which they dance to the lively sounds of Romanian folk a country in Eastern Europe. Its music. name means land of the Romans. Romania has a wealth of natural The country is so called because it resources, including fertile soil, was part of the Roman Empire mineral deposits, and vast forests. during ancient times. Bucharest is Even so, it has always been one Romania’s capital and largest city. Romania lies west of the Black Sea Europe’s least developed nations. Romania also suffered from an and north of the Balkan Peninsula, overdependence on one economic Europe’s southeastern tip. Along string of mountains curves through activity, agriculture. northern and central Romania.

ROMANIA

PEOPLE More than 85 per cent of its people are Romanians by ancestry. Hungarians form the largest minority group in Romania, making up about 8 per cent of the population. Germans make up about 2 per cent. Smaller groups include Gypsies, Jews, Turks, and Ukrainians. About half of Romania’s people still live in rural areas. Each year, however, many rural Romanians move to cities to take jobs in industry. Bucharest is Romania’s largest city by far. It has about 2 million people. LANGUAGE Romanian is the nation’s official language and is spoken by almost all the people. Many of Romania’s Germans and Hungarians prefer to speak their own ethnic languages among themselves. Romanian developed from Latin, the language of the Romans who ruled the country in ancient times. Romanian is the only Eastern European language that comes from Latin. As a result, it is much different from all the other French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. These Western European languages also developed from Latin.

About Forgiveness
Dr Emil Eracovici
One of the most important teachings we have from Jesus Christ is about forgiveness. Sometimes it is easy to forgive, especially when recognition of wrong doing and an expression of apology are offered. At other times a policy of ‘agree to disagree’ is adopted by both parties, hurtful accusations are left aside and reconciliation is seek by everyone in the name of Christian behaviour. But what do we do when the push towards a peaceful resolution is one sided? What can we do when those who upset us does not recognise their wrong doing, as we see it, and reject the idea of reconciliation? Can we forgive someone who does not
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want to be forgiven? There is so much we can learn on the subject of forgiveness from our Lord on the cross. He forgave one of the malefactors who was crucified alongside him, when he repented and acknowledge his sins, even in the twelfth hour. “And he said to Jesus: remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:4243). Also He prayed for those who were mocking and crucifying Him, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. So the answer to the question above is affirmative. We can and it is our Christian duty to forgive even when an apology is not offered. More than that, in the name of our Orthodox spirituality, we should be the one to ask for for-

giveness, even if we see ourself as innocent… if our pride will allowed us… because there is no innocence as long there is no reconciliation. What is forgiveness? Sparring our foe from physical or verbal attacks? Restraining ourself from any personal or professional malice? Responding to “Hello”s? Is this enough? Close contemplation of the New Testament will help us realise that we are asked to do more than that. Indeed it is important not to give in to the instinct of revenge, but this represents only the first step towards forgiveness. Difficulties come when we try to escape the darkness and the burden of hatred that lay in the depths of our soul; dealing with the stomach cramp we feel at the site
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Romania into the European Structures
Signing a paper: 25 April, 2005

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Rev. Dr. Doru Costache
When addressing the subject regarding Romania’s integration into the European Union, we have to be aware of both the economic and political aspects of this process and long awaited event. While I am not qualified to discuss such matters as economics or politics, I am able to approach this topic from a different point of view. I am referring to the both spiritual and cultural aspects of Romania’s contribution, of its presence in the context of the civilized world. Even being the circumstances of our institutional and economic slow motion, Romania obviously belongs to Europe. Romania is a Central European country, a land that geographically belongs to the Old Continent. It is also a gateway between East and West. Romanians are an unusual people, of Western Latin origin and mentality, who share the spiritual heritage of the Eastern Christendom. It seems that not only geographically but also culturally, Romania represents the crossroads between East and West. Romania may also be understood as a microcosmic historical model of what today’s Europe is representing: a multicultural and multilingual society, where different nations are welcomed by the Romanian majority, and where everyone can express his or her cultural and religious identity freely. Furthermore, Romania contributed to the development of civilization and of human spirit with the likes of engineer Henry Coand , artist Constantin Brancu i, composer George Enescu, religious historian Mircea Eliade, philosopher Emil Cioran, writer Eugene Ionescu, and biologist and Nobel Prize winner George Palade, who will always be inscribed in the memory of mankind. One may acknowledge that the political act of integration comes a little late and only as recognition of our previous contributions to the development of the European culture and society. However, Romanians are able to contribute much more the development of the modern world, if not economically then spiritually. Recovering their dignity – which now becomes possible as accepted into the European Union and as Europeans –, Romanians could proudly manifest their noble character. Therefore, the political act of the European integration could be seen indeed as the chance for a resurrection – and not only of Romania, but of the spirit of Europe too. Within a dominant secular society that disregards the inner life of the human person, I know that the people of Romania, as a predominant Christian Orthodox nation, can bring back to modern Europe its lost soul. I am confident that within the European Union or even here in Australia, Romanians can retrieve their spiritual roots, in order to creatively participate to the global effort of building a better world.

of mention of the name of our foe. How do we avoid the anxious look on our faces when we try to be nice to the ones we think we’ve forgiven, but haven’t yet forgiven. The difficulty comes when we realise that to love your neighbour as you love yourself, also means to love your enemy, to love those who’ve upset you one way or another, with or without intention, whether they have asked for forgiveness or not. Love for your enemy is not something one can learn from a book. I think it can only be received as a gift from God, through persistent prayer and fasting. We know we have forgiven only after lifting the burden of our primary instinct of revenge and hatred from our soul, exposing it to the light and warmth of our Father’s love. This will allow us to see Jesus Christ in the eyes of every human being. To forgive when an apology is offered; to apologise when we consider ourself innocent; to love when our wounded pride guides us towards hatred… Difficult things are asked of us. But what awaits us in return is beyond description. “Blessed the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).

Astronomy
A new society hopefully will be established for people of all ages who share a common interest in Astronomy, organised by the St Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church in Sydney. The group will meet up once a month mainly to view planets, constellations and galaxies. In addition we will also discuss current/past issues about similar themes. Depending on the popularity we will organise more frequent group meetings and excursions to various observatories and space related functions. Your own telescope isn’t required but would be welcomed. Location: Henley Park, Enfield Time/Date: The first Friday of every new month at 7:30 pm For anyone interested please contact Drago , by email on mofman@gmail.com
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Let us become like Christ, since Christ became like us. […] He assumed the worse that He might give us the better; He became poor that we through His poverty might be rich; He took upon Him the form of a servant that we might receive back our liberty; He came down that we might be exalted; He was tempted that we might conquer; He was dishonoured that He might glorify us; He died that He might save us; He ascended that He might draw to Himself us, who were lying low in the Fall of sin. (St Gregory the Theologian, First Paschal Oration)

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during fermentation, fibre produces short chain fatty acids that may protect against bowel cancer. Dr. Emil Eracovici There are other positive health effects of fibre. It slows the digestion Fibre and bowel health and absorption of sugar very helpful One of the most important factors in diabetes. I t also reduces the abfor maintaining bowel health is fibre. sorption of cholesterol, lowering Fibre comes from plants and good blood levels, and increases the feelsources of fibre are: wholemeal ing of fullness after eating, helping bread, fruit, vegetables, cereals, nuts in maintaining a healthy weight. and seeds. Bran based cereals (Bran Plus, AllFibre passes through the stomach Bran) are very rich in fibre and can and small bowel unchanged, and it is be served for breakfast with milk, broken down through fermentation sliced fruit and nuts. in the large bowel making the stool Vegetables, beans, lentils, chickeasier and quicker to pass. This repeas or “al dente” cooked pasta duces the time of contact between should accompany the main meal possible cancer causing substances and a fruit salad is a good way to and the lining of the bowel. Also,

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finish the day, 1-2 hours before bedtime. Gradual introduction of fibre into your diet is recommended to prevent bloating in people who are not used to consuming adequate amounts of it on a daily basis. Any change in bowel habit, especially after the age of 40 needs to be assessed by your family doctor to exclude bowel cancer. Drinking 2L of water daily and a personalised exercise program (discuss with your doctor if you have kidney or heart problems) alongside a good intake of fibre will go a long way to keeping your gastrointestinal system and general health in good order.
suffered with pulmonary fibrosis, a major lung disease which caused her major suffering. She was our mother, best friend and loving wife to her husband Harry. We will miss her immensely. Once in a lifetime an angel gives us guidance. Elena was our angel. God Bless her and may she rest in peace. We love you Mum. John, James and Marianne

decision to migrate to the “lucky country” – Australia. As Dad has always said: “the best country in the world”. Elena Siokos (nee Stoicescu) Elena and Harry both immediwas born in Constantsa, Ro- ately adopted Australia as mania on 17th November their new home and assimi1922. In 1947 she met a dash- lated very well into the country ing young man of Greek with their first priority to descent named learn English and Haralambos be part of the Aus(Harry) Siokos. tralian way of life. They wed in 1947, Elena was able to and in 1948 their find work as a first son Demetrios seamstress in the (James) was born in fashion industry and Bucharest. Due to political worked in this area for over tensions in Romania, Elena 20 years. These were very and Harry decided to move hard years as an immigrant to back to Greece where in 1954 a new country as she had to their second son John leave her kids with carers (Dionysios) was born. These while she worked fulltime. In were hard times and Greece these days she and her family was also going through tough had many hardships, as things political turmoil. were very different from today. In 1955 they made the brave In 1967 she was fortunate to

IN MEMORIAM ELENA SIOKOS

have her greatest wish come true, a baby girl Marianne was born, her 3rd child. Now the family was complete. Over the years Elena and Harry had the opportunity to travel overseas and revisit Romania and Greece. In the 80’s they decided to bring her mother Maria to Australia so that she too could enjoy the country her daughter had wrote to her about. Mum’s dream was always to see her 3 kids educated, happily married and have plenty of grandchildren. She was certainly blessed with six grandchildren, Michael, Christina, Anthony, Gabriella, Elena (named after her) and Simona, who all loved her dearly and will forever cherish her memories and strong-will. She loved Australia and always felt at home. In 2003 she

Ladies and Gentleman,
I have recently learned about the amazing deeds of a very special Christian man, father Nicolae T nase, who is the parish priest in a village in Romania (Valea Plopului, Prahova county). Father T nase has transformed his parish as well as his village into a safe haven for the needy. He has given comfort, warmth and shelter but above all hope to homeless women, children and orphans. Father T nase together with his parishioners and his rural community work very hard at
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providing the basic necessities of those who seek their assistance in their darkest hour. I am therefore appealing to you all that we as Christians, members or non-members of St Mary’s parish, should unite, and in a joined effort, initiate a plan that would constitute some sort of contribution that would help father T nase and those he strives to aid. Let us reach deeply into our hearts to find the compassion we need to make a small difference in someone else’s life. Thanking you in anticipation. For those who are interested in being part of

this undertaking, please contact me at the following: Lily Strungaru Tel. (02) 4647 5294 Mobile: 0416 267 309 Email: strungaru@ozemail.com.au You can also contact father Nicolae T nase on: Tel. 004-0244-280600 Mobile: 004-0722384794 Email: asociatiaprovita@hotmail.com Yours faithfully, Lily Strungaru

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AFL M DE LA CONSULATUL GENERAL AL ROMÂNIEI LA SYDNEY
84 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay, NSW 2011 secretariat: tel 9331 87 99; fax: 9357 15 65; sec ia consular : 8354 02 68 email: consgrom@tpg.com.au

REDACTAREA I AUTENTIFICAREA PROCURILOR I DECLARA IILOR Actele notariale redactate în str in tate, pentru care legea român cere forma autentic pentru a produce efecte juridice în România, sunt luate în considerare numai dac au forma actelor juridice române ti i sunt autentificate de misiunea diplomatic sau consular a României din ara în care se afl titularul actului. Pentru recunoa terea de c tre autorit ile române a valabilit ii i efectelor unei procuri sau a unei declara ii redactate în str in tate, legea prevede dou proceduri distincte: Autentificarea actului de c tre consul, sau Certificarea documentelor cu apostila prev zut de Conven ia de la Haga, din 1961, cu privire la suprimarea

supralegaliz rii actelor oficiale str ine. Printre cele mai frecvent utilizate procuri i declara ii se num r : procura general , procura special pentru ridicarea pensiei din România, procura special pentru deschiderea dosarului de pensionare, procura special pentru emiterea i eliberarea unui pa aport românesc, procura special pentru emiterea i eliberarea c r ii de identitate, procura special pentru vânzare, procura special pentru administrare, procura special pentru reprezentarea la succesiune, declara ie de renun are la succesiune, declara ie de acceptare a succesiunii i împuternicirea unei persoane pentru reprezentarea la masa succesoral , declara ie pentru redobândirea cet eniei române.

PROCEDURA REDACT RII I AUTENTIFIC RII UNUI MANDAT Cet enii români care se afl în Australia / Noua Zeeland în mod temporar sau permanent, pot fi reprezenta i în România, în vederea sus inerii intereselor lor, prin intermediul unor persoane împuternicite, numite mandatari. În acest sens, persoanele interesate vor completa formularul de procur (pus la dispozi ie de Ambasad / Consulat) în dou exemplare, cu toate datele, iar dup autentificare vor transmite procura în România persoanei împuternicite. Pentru îndeplinirea acestei proceduri, persoanele interesate vor trebui s prezinte act de identitate valabil (buletin / carte de identitate sau pa aport românesc valabil), în original i fotocopie. În
Yesterday I was crucified with Him; today I am glorified with Him; yesterday I died with Him; today I am quickened with Him; yesterday I was buried with Him; today I rise with Him.
(St Gregory the Theologian, First Paschal Oration)

cazul în care nu exist nici un astfel de act, este acceptat i actul de identitate str in, înso it de dovada cet eniei române sub form de adeverin , eliberat de Ministerul Administra iei i Internelor, sau de adeverin a de redobândire a cet eniei. Taxa consular este de 65 AUD, sum care poate fi achitat cash sau printr-un australian money order adresat Ambasadei / Consulatului. Nu se accept plata cu cec personal, cec de banc sau carte de credit. Pentru a solu iona cererea dumneavoastr în regim de urgen (max 48 de ore), se va achita în plus suma de 10 AUD.

SPONSORS
Consulate General of Romania (Sydney) Dr. Ovidiu Floric Mr. George Strungaru

EMBASSY OF ROMANIA CANBERRA
4 Dalman Crescent, O'Malley, ACT 2606 tel (02) 6286.2343 - fax (02) 6286.2433 e-mail: roembassy@roembau.org home page: www.roembau.org

Pentru ajutorarea victimelor inunda iilor din România, Secretariatul General al Guvernului a deschis urm toarele conturi la Banca Comercial Român sector 1, unde doritorii pot face dona ii: pentru ROL : RO65RNCB5010000138390083 pentru EUR : RO38RNCB5010000138390084 pentru USD : RO11RNCB5010000138390085

the board: Rev. Doru Costache, PhD Prof. Cristina T nase Dr. Simona Eracovici Dr. Emil Eracovici layout design: Ion Nedelcu (Bucharest) address: 64 Linthorn Ave, Croydon Park, NSW 2133. phone: (02) 9642 02 60

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