We are pleased to bless the publication of the first number of Icon from Within, the monthly Bulletin issued by our Saint Dumitru Monastery from Middletown, New York. The initiative belongs to the abbot, Protosyngellos Ieremia, and is intended to be a means of transmission of spiritual messages, but also of communication with the pilgrims and supporters of the Monastery.
We are in the age of electronic communication owing to the advancement of technology, extensively used in recent months because of the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic. The Christian must consider everything in this world with discernment, so these means of technology ought to be used for spiritual growth and not for harmful abuse. Therefore, the issuance of the new Bulletin must pursue this goal and be a “mouthful” of spiritual nourishment for the readers.
The words of the Holy Fathers, the meditations on holidays and events, the evocation of some spiritual personalities, and the words to young people are the main sections of the Bulletin. They are supplemented with information about the services and activities of the Monastery as an invitation to participation and support.
We hope that the new Bulletin will be of spiritual use and a suitable source of information for the times in which we live!
† Metropolitan NICOLAE
of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas