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issue to me but that's just my opinion. on. the windswept journey to the law can be an act of penance in itself. doesn't all for excitement or adventure get many come here for months at a time some never leave it all they say that the law saves them. this is one of the holiest sites of the russian orthodox church home to a thriving ministry the lay community that works with it and groups of volunteers that come and go throughout the year for the faithful this is
a journey for the soul a pilgrimage. this is the place that has been consecrated to god for almost a thousand of years. people came here twenty some years ago and so stablished the mastic life on this island. they do in that believing that. christ is their only source of true joy and happiness in the life. that understanding penetrated into everything that surrounds us in the monastery and people i suppose feel that feel the love of christ the whole working on.
but girls will divide into groups now so we need about. how many people do you need seven seven people who only choose one two three four five. six seven seven people good the rest will split into two one half will go to the farm the other to the op a girl who's already been to the upper garden you know that we're. going to go to the apple garden i'm allergic to any can go to the farm in me will go to the farm cows. what comes of along with a group of volunteers men and women of all ages who are here to give something back to god and in this case it means hard work this is the middle of the busy tourist season and there's plenty to do down on the farm. i mean coming
into the chicken coop like into the lion's den. thank you so much i. like your careful careful household she doesn't know you japhet but i this. that and the you're not on your hand she'll sit on your hand. of state it's a bit stressful for them. on the neck like this ok so it would. finally be like having their wattle straight at this one has gone. far away from there try this. still. what's that like this you know well i'm the sanctified on vellum and they're very kind to me to see ok and they are you would be good to go good job through.
a long special eggs. see what the fuss is all about. almost one two three. whether it's the save me atmosphere or something in their feed they send me fantastic layers two gigantic chickens here and then. ok very much one and. that's if one two three four five. one set. only another seven hundred seventy five to go. the volunteers come from a huge variety of different backgrounds svetlana is a model for moscow but she's not afraid of getting our hands dirty well it's probably not normal that a girl like me came here instead of going to turkey or enjoying summer in a beach town where but here i am living with mom's and waiting someone else's
garden there is the bit there are other people that look at themselves and at life in a completely different way and they're not held back really you know we're all here . little answer for me is a place of strong spiritual power i've wanted to come here for a long time now there is a possibility i can become a volunteer. here who works for the glory of god and how priests or this place. there are common threads that bind many of the people here together and the group also becomes like a surrogate family. mostly these outward next people who came here to find. brotherhood but of course there is some percentage that come here looking for their way in life. than lighting them for a walk in the woods. try to know what i where it comes from help them find their
answer. many people simply come for the islands outstanding natural beauty. edged by rugged shorelines and covered with lush greenery this is truly a tranquil getaway but there are some visitors to the law who have no families to return to his trip to the island is a welcome break from a difficult life. leaker's ill as new york runs a camp for children from local orphanages who also have learning difficulties for many it's the first time they've spent nights away from the city. visit the first time we came here with disabled children for many years before we used to take the kids on trips which did that because we understood that nature does children a world of good and that you were decided to try working with children with the help of all arms nature in this place turned out to be totally unique and it's not just the nature here that works.
here you should bear in mind that these children are from a correctional orphanage they are believed to be unable to go to an ordinary school because of some mental disability and in fact this isn't true they are not mentally retarded whatsoever. that these are the first kids that just sit on the shore of lot agoglia and watch the storms the splashing water and they say thank you for choosing that you beautiful place. it was simply amazing. they feel it they can feel the beauty of the apparently they don't have good feelings in their lives. hardly any. fifteen year old denise is just one of the youngsters reaping the benefits this is his second so i'm on the island and he says it's changed his life but it's. a rocky road that's brought him. i can't say that i had
a good childhood. my dad was an alcoholic my mom was too mom ended up in prison that's how i ended up in an orphanage. everything changes as time goes by. at the moment i have no grudge against anyone my life has become so much better. my forgotten my past it's no good remembering it. and he's a humvee meant to have a room when you catch something to. pull it into the sure. through. the. docs.
yeah. oh it is. this eerie asli. i'll be in your blood and. some other thing you. did you did you. know i was staying in the volunteers dormitory normally men and women a kept segregates it's about the old get together is allowed especially for a meet and greet session. everyone says where they're from why they've come to belong and then name. then all you got to do is remember seeing here
yes. you. did. want to vomit that's ok let's have a good. amount of volunteer you know. cynics saying you know. let the message game out here oh girl you know. you're on a case of homicidal. sin. when you said you wouldn't be able to do it you know sometimes sometimes it works. sometimes. work at the mall or street takes is all around the island along roads that people have traveled here for more than one hundred fifty years.
although most of the brothers live in the center of the ministry a small selection choose to isolate themselves from the rest of the community retiring to hermitages where only men are allowed to enter the grounds. the russians call these places. and there are among the holiest centers of the law. each one is way off the beaten track and for some of the volunteers. the journey to gold has been anything but straightforward to. use to be an atheist and believed in nothing but science logic and facts i was looking for truth everywhere i followed all the popular fashions of people write books about make films about to use it only after twenty years of searching did i become an orthodox christian off the printing of the coffin of a famous russian saint i discovered that many things have changed because first of all the pain in my leg that i'd suffered for ages had disappeared and last but not least i discovered the ability to read an old church slavonic even though i'd never
learned how to do that. those who. say you have to put the toyman to understand it fully living and working here is the only way to really tap into his energy the job is to live but none of the volunteers complain everyone is confident of a spiritual rewards and happy that they're working to reestablish a face that was so persecuted during the soviet union. is the only branch that has managed to keep the tradition alive but that's not changed since the time of the apostles maybe that's why it was preserved the bread of life the jesus christ spoke of the living would that's what russia is experiencing a spiritual rights now. councils
here in the u.k. are calling for tougher laws to police aggressive bankers finally no longer will the banker beggars be shaking us down for yet more and outs and bailouts every time we passed the city no longer listening to them plead for more money printing and free credit facilities we're sick and tired of all the banker beggars harassing us every time we pass one of their. like this famous one day i'm jimmy done it oh look at your banking system that i found trash on the ground before me did it through dollars it'll give a burke give me a trillion oh another trillion more trillions do they give me give me. quite often countries rich in natural resources are the poorest africa as a colony it's a colony of the big corporations it's a colony of someone's home leaders who are under the thumbs of the big corporations so they have to beg from the world bank's development of social programs goes to
pay back debts whole country is drowning in debt. and so every year they would borrow money. and they would use that same amount of money to pay back. all that money. the wages of debt. torch is on its journey to such. one hundred twenty three days. through two thousand and nine hundred towns and cities of russia. really by fourteen thousand people or sixty five thousand killing. in a record setting trip by land air sea and others face. a limp torch relay. on r t r c dot com.
pride and joy is its transfiguration of the savior cathedral and the sound of its bells st tourists pilgrims and volunteers to worship to work. ok let's work for the glory of god. the skill. workers cuts hammer and replace the volunteers keep supplies coming and clean up the mess it's a massive job the cathedral is seventy six meters high and in some areas they're having to remove more than one hundred twenty years of it. when i came here last year it was seen approximately the same condition. here it's a long process this is serious work it's very expensive and requires a high degree of professionalism. but i was surprised when they invited volunteers
to work here at best their trusted with work like this. but is it enough or do we need more you know what if i think it's enough. you have to carry it let's go. to his or heavy. i'll take it. away to go somewhere and again i am responsible for getting it off the scaffolding as quickly as possible we need to take the direct route. the bucket it's probably a transport system but it would. be for forty years it had no proper roof it wasn't looked after properly and still it
enjoyed all these conditions. means that the cathedral was made really very well it was built with a huge margin for safety because the tool will stand like this for many years to come and now we're trying to save what's been preserved this work should be done and it should be preserved this is truly part of the national heritage. don't. you. feel. so us law or going to. win then. the board.
or the board the. leaker into a team of volunteers want their children to leave alone with a new perspective also the work they do here fosters a spirit of cooperation and they can see the efforts developing before their eyes. so little so real here it's hard to explain everything is so natural this is the way people should live i guess. and i'm proud to be a covered that we wanted to show these children that there's a place where they can ask for help in case something really bad happens to them i need sippin to stand completely that bad things will happen to them in the future. they're perfectly aware of what life has in store for them when they know that there will be a lot of drug dealers and alcohol things and then to stand how hard it is to resist those things so it's very important for them to know that there is
a place where they're always welcome right they should know how to find the way to this place. walking around the lawn is like stepping back into a different age and it's easy to see why so many regard it as a sanctuary away from the real world. it seems to have a physical and emotional energy which the monks say is a manifestation of god's grace. it's had such a profound effect on so many that there's even a syndrome named after it's. the compulsion true turn to the island again and again and it's not just adults who experience it. my mom first brought me here before i started going to scone i liked it very macho and it's become my third place now why
is it your favorite place i like it because of its weather because of the monastery it feels so good in here they've got a farm it's nice to leave people are very kind and you know what you want to do when you grow up to be among the want to be a monk why it's just what's in my heart i can't explain why i feel this way. and and live here yes i want to live on what he actually wants at this point is not to be among but here once he wants a purpose here once something pure something which dignified him. something which speaks of him as a man as a human being people became knights and soldiers for the same reason i would certainly encourage him.
the use its journey to the brotherhood here was more unusual than most after tending university in st petersburg he spent fifteen years living in ministering in the us before retiring to villa. he says each monk must end his place in the monastery. spiritual pastors some of them honest there will decide the whether you're prepared to become a novice and you'll become officially a novice on the part of the brotherhood then spend some time that way and a few years or so or maybe months later. decide to embrace this kind of wife and people will see your. as a benefits to the coming years you'll be time church and perhaps even are things to the priest for. the monastic community has been rebuilt in the last twenty years period during the soviet union when the area served as
a mental asylum now there are around a hundred brothers living here permanently but before the russian revolution of nine hundred seventeen there were more than a thousand some of whom left a legacy down the ages. this quiet scene is called the smolensk skeet and it's famous in particular because of one monk efraim he took it upon himself to pray for the souls of dead soldiers and he took his work so seriously that he dug his own grave and every night he would lie in his own coffin. and since then the chapel has been dedicated for the souls of the diet for the faith and for the mother. even if the life of extreme self-sacrifice doesn't appeal it is at least possible to follow in the footsteps of some of these old saints and one of the most popular pilgrimages is to the lomas most famous.
for this is the cave where saint alexander of sphere lived. this is the place where alexander of spirit spent hours praying in solitude here he would make a fire these little stones got warm and gave heat back so he could spend winters here can he lead such a righteous life that he was granted a vision of the holy trinity came to him in the form of three angels. and ordered him to go to the river spear and found a monastery there it is still functional. excursions like these opponents of the joy of a prison archipelago of small islands just waiting to be explored and the landscape
always provides some great photos. but many of the loam secrets are only revealed in the churches themselves. bell ringing here is a real and the company ologists train for years to master the difficult rhythms they need to control up to a dozen bells at once and make it look effortless. it's part of the lambs proud musical tradition displayed in its full glory during the solemn services. gems isn't the best aboard
a bus i think we should fill our lives with as many rich and diverse impressions as possible today i'm a developer in two months i'll be working somewhere else in such a way your worldview builds up on different things or you can develop yourself and create your personality. to presume that this earth is like a hotel at the wrong temporarily. go to hell or to have on god tests us on the earth if you me and phone my laws then you'll go to heaven what if if you don't then you'll go to how. we have to move on and there's lies here you get some kind of luggage that you will a jury take with hearing to the cd that we have to move on make plans build
families and realize in your family what you've learned here there will. the pull over. but moving back to real life is easy if the some things are others the children from lekas ofen each camp have reached the end of this day and it was time to see them off for the docks. and. it's clear it's a leak of the bees on the same kids that arrived on the island just a few weeks ago that at least for a while belong this way to its magic and brought
a little joy into their lives. but it coming this moment any less painful. perhaps the monks of old settled here because they felt there was something otherworldly about below. that it was always a place with special energy and the from nature or from something more divine. for the pilgrims and volunteers who journey in one visit is rarely enough and many will return to the. place with the power to heal the spirits.
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author. and camaraderie in this set that was in this context that has absolutely no place. in print is being compared to a lady home on the one hand takes money from an old an elderly gentleman but one sistan try time with house and young man but sometimes you really have to choose i mean you cannot have both if you use in that kind of ferment to force i think you should clearly separate the present exist and ukrainian authorities we should have been negotiated in the very embarrassing way it was both the european union russia and ukraine a nation. i know c.n.n. the m s n b c news have taken some lots. slightly but the fact is i admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be
accurate. that was funny but it's close in for the truth and might think. it's because when full attention and the mainstream media works side by side the joke is actually on here. i don't or teen years we have a different break. because the news of the world just is not this funny i'm not laughing dammit i'm not. ok. i think. you guys stick to the jokes well handled in the sense that i'm.
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