A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Naše postojanje skriva mračne i svetle strane, i veliko je umeće prepoznati ih i razlučiti

Nesvakidašnja knjiga „Portreti junaka i junakinja Dostojevskog“ vladike Maksima je i monografija i teoretsko-filozofski pogled na književnost velikog ruskog pisca, a u njoj su sabrani i likovni radovi vladike inspirisani Dostojevskim i njegovim junacima. Knjiga je uz prisustvo vladike predstavljena 8. novembra 2022. u knjižari Delfi SKC. O knjizi je govorila i urednica Dubravka Dragović Šehović koja je istakla da i sama izuzetno voli ovog ruskog klasika i da je rasla i sazrevala čitajući njegova dela: „Specifičnost ove knjige u odnosu na druge koje se bave likom i delom Dostojevskog jeste činjenica da je ovo monografija obogaćena sjajnim esejima koji su veoma lepo povezani u celinu tako da u njoj mogu da uživaju i oni koji vole Dostojevskog i oni koji tek treba da ga otkriju.“

Na pitanje o motivima da se ovako studiozno i uz brojnu literaturu bavi Dostojevskim vladika Maksim je odgovorio:

„Čini mi se da je glavni podsticaj za bavljenje Dostojevskim i njegovim junacima bio on sam, to jest njegovo dejstvo na sve nas od davnih dana, ali i u novije vreme. Dostojevski me je oduvek privlačio jer je posmatrao tamnu stranu postojanja, ne samo svetlu, pa samim tim mi je postao zanimljiv. Još je Umberto Eko rekao da se velika literatura bavi gubitnicima. Dostojevski je bio takav i zahvaljujući tome je postao glas bezglasnih i nada za obeznađene. Priče o uspešnima i pobednicima nisu zanimljive. To me je privuklo: njegova dubina i svest da naše postojanje skriva i mračne i svetle strane, i da je veliko umeće prepoznati ih i razlučiti.“

Vladika Maksim je istakao da u svetlu novih političkih zbivanja nije prestalo interesovanje za Dostojevskim na Zapadu.

„Kod Dostojevskog nije tema samo Bog, niti je tema samo čovek, ni duša, već iskonska potreba čoveka da živi autentično. On opisuje neuspehe i promašaje na izuzetan način. Možda ne toliko stilski ubedljivo kao drugi ruski pisci, ali u svakom slučaju to čini širokim potezima poput Van Goga koga sam i prepoznao u njemu, a povezao sam ih upravo zbog tragičnosti sa kojom su se nosili.“

Knjiga sadrži brojne radove vladike Maksima, uglavnom akril na platnu, a oslikani su starac Tihon, Ivan Karamazov, Sonja Marmeladova, Klara Olsufjevna, Nikolaj Stavrogin, ali i sam Dostojevski i mnogi drugi likovi.

Izložba likovnih radova vladike Maksima „Silazak u podzemlje“ sa radovima iz knjige trenutno se može videti u Galeriji Narodne biblioteke „Dr Dušan Radić“ u Vrnjačkoj Banji, a publika bi početkom naredne godine mogla da je vidi i u Beogradu.

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Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan

by Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich)

In 2013 Christian world celebrates 1700 years since the day when the Providence of God spoke through the holy Emperor Constantine and freedom was given to the Christian faith. Commemorating the 1700 years since the Edict of Milan of 313, Sebastian Press of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church published a book by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan. The book has 72 pages and was translated by Popadija Aleksandra Petrovich. This excellent overview of the historical circumstances that lead to the conversion of the first Christian emperor and to the publication of a document that was called "Edict of Milan", was originally published in Serbian by the Brotherhood of St. Simeon the Myrrh-gusher, Vrnjci 2013. “The Edict of Milan” is calling on civil authorities everywhere to respect the right of believers to worship freely and to express their faith publicly.

The publication of this beautiful pocket-size, full-color, English-language book, has been compiled and designed by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologian Archimandrite Justin Popovich. Bishop Athanasius' thought combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant faith, knowledge of history, and a profound experience of Christ in the Church.

In the conclusion of the book, the author states:"The era of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helena, marks the beginning of what history refers to as Roman, Christian Empire, which was named Byzantium only in recent times in the West. In fact, this was the conception of a Christian Europe. Christian Byzantine culture had a critical effect on Europe; Europe was its heir, and then consciously forgot it. Europe inherited many Byzantine treasures, but unfortunately, also robbed and plundered many others for its own treasuries and museums – not only during the Crusades, but during colonial rule in the Byzantine lands as well. We, the Orthodox Slavs, received a great heritage of the Orthodox Christian East from Byzantium. Primarily, Christ’s Gospel, His faith and His Church, and then, among other things, the Cyrillic alphabet, too."