When I was searching years ago, I encountered a man who challenged much of what I believed, and made me question, then rebuild, my faith.
He was the antithesis of most of the clergy I knew, clergy for whom faith and belief were matters of embarrassment (well, we don’t literally believe that Christ was born of a virgin, it’s a metaphor, or that belief came from this other group, etc.)
And his faith was rock solid.
Meeting Fr Alexander was the most important thing that had ever happened to me. He saved my soul and changed my life.
Today, Fr Alexander is visiting on his way back to Louisville from St Tikhon’s Seminary. I can’t think of anything appropriate to say. But the man whose quiet, monastic, love of his God and Church who shared them with me when he christmated me in 1984 can now again share his faith close to the end of my journey.
Christ is among us!