1. Beautiful, Mary. Well done and full of depth. Thank you.

  2. Margarite

    Thank you, Mary, for that beautiful essay! Parts of it read like a beautiful prayer.

  3. jj

    “Target date for completion is 2016.”

    Then shouldn’t they be busier working on the church? Current pictures don’t seem to show much progress over those of 2 or 3 years ago.

    Further, just because the nuns weren’t bothered by the bombs, doesn’t mean that many other suffered terrible.
    There was a 3-year-old girl who had all her hair fall out from the terror, and a boy of similar age who stopped talking and became mute.
    The tennis star Novak Djokovic said it was terrible and was particular hard on his mother and what it did to her. And you have others who still get nervous with the sound of even commercial aircraft in the air.
    Not to mention those who were maimed and left permanently disabled. And all the women who had abortions at the urging of the health ministers after NATO bombed the Pancevo oil refineries and chemical storage units. They were also told not to get pregnant for 2 more years due to the threat of birth defects thanks to NATO’s poisoning. I don’t believe it’s the will of God, more like Satan loose and running free in the world – the NWO/neocons at the helm of power.
    Not all Serbs can run off to climb mountains in a distant part of the world, so fact is that the nuns didn’t suffer as others. They are in one piece and are not living in a place threatened by Albanians — yet!!
    I think some Serbs can be too forgiving or dismissive of what other Serbs have suffered – and it’s often come back to haunt them.

    1. Thank you for your passionate comments.

      First of all there are very little funds to finance the expense of mosaic for the completion of St. Sava temple. It depends upon donations. I think the target date is wishful thinking. I hope I am wrong.

      Secondly, you rouse my bitter feelings again over NATO intervention during the 1990s. I am aware of the horrors of which you speak. I deplore them all! It was a risk in writing about Mother Efimija’s words, a risk that they would be interpreted as passive acquiescence to evil, even dismissive of evil. Living so close to the fighting as she and her nuns do, not on some far away idyllic mountain, they are carrying out the Gospel in a most earnest way by praying not only for the safety of Christians around them, but also for the Muslim population that threatens them. I cannot explain it any better. I am merely a reporter, not a disengaged reporter, but one actively and deeply concerned with the suffering of the Serbian and Macedonian Christian remnant. I did not mention that Mother also told us about some of the Albanian Muslims living near Gradac who have embraced Christ. Now that is real courage!

  4. As someone who lived in the Balkans off and on for many years, this is a wonderful treat of a read, and it brings back lovely memories of the churches in the region, especially those of my beloved Skopje.

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