Reflections on the Orthodox faith and life in this crazy 21st century world by an Orthodox priest and a few of his friends.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
November update from Romania
Greetings from Cluj this most blessed and beautiful of days.
It has been a few weeks since I last wrote, and so today I wanted to get you caught up on our activities here in Romania. It has seriously been a busy time since I last wrote you.
After finishing the addictions conferences with Fr. George and Fr. Iulian, I went back to Cluj for for a few days to get caught up at the day-center. While there a priest, Fr. Ioan Simion, asked me if I would help him to start a counseling program a prison in Cluj. Of course I agreed, and will be meeting with the administration of the prison either in December of January to make the detailed plans. We have an approval from the national prison system to enter and teach about addictions in essentially all of the prisons in Romania, so this should not be a problem. It is just in getting the time to do it.
The past 3 weeks I have been living in a small village called "Miclauseni". Metropolitan Teofan, of Iasi, asked me to help do a 28 day treatment program for some "special guests". We will be finishing up next week, and then I will be back in Cluj for a few weeks. Perhaps I should say, "hopefully for a few months".
It was such a treat going to Divine Liturgy this morning at the monastery located next to the center we are staying at. We are using the small chapel, as the big church is too expensive to heat in the winter (and it is cold over here right now) so they change over to the chapel. The villagers simply filled the place up. It was very nice, and I am always amazed at the reverence of the village people here in Romania. They are really very poor, and maybe that makes their reverence more obvious. Rather than using poverty as an excuse for self pity or to blame God for their condition, they find comfort in their religion and relationship with God. They are inspiring to me.
One last note, Irina, the young lady that was injured in the accident I told you about in my last email, left the hospital last week. She will enter into long term rehabilitation therapy next week as she is still not walking. She has had three surgeries to date. Please do pray for her full recovery, and for her spiritual well being as she lives through this most difficult of times in her young life.
If you have any prayers lists, living or fallen asleep, please do feel free to send them over. We are having daily Divine Liturgy at the monastery and we have a prayer list going for the sick, deceased, and the living.
I will close for now by wishing you a most blessed and Christ filled day. May our good and loving Lord give you every good thing from His heavenly treasures, joy, peace and a sense of his divine love for us all. It is there for us all the time, all we need to do is to reach out and take it.
And I do thank you for your interest in our work, please do keep us in your prayers, we all need them.
In His Love,
One Day at a Time,
Floyd & Ancuta Frantz, OCMC Missionaries to Romania
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