The Society of the White Rose takes its name for the “White Rose — (German: Weiße Rose) was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in the Third Reich led by a group of students including Hans and Sophie Scholl. The group conducted an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign that called for active opposition to the Nazi regime. Their activities started in Munich on 27 June 1942, and ended with the arrest of the core group by the Gestapo on 18 February 1943. They, as well as other members and supporters of the group who carried on distributing the pamphlets, faced show trials by the Nazi People's Court (Volksgerichtshof), and many of them were sentenced to death or imprisonment.” Source | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rose
A member of the “White Rose” was “Alexander Schmorell (Russian: Александр Гугович Шморель, romanized: Aleksandr Gugovich Shmorel'); 16 September 1917 in Orenburg, Russia; – 13 July 1943 in Munich) was a Russian-German student at Munich University who, with five others, formed a resistance group known as White Rose (German: Weiße Rose) which was active against the Nazi German regime from June 1942 to February 1943. In 2012, he was glorified as a saint and passion bearer by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.” He will be a patron saint of the site. Source | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Schmorell
The twin threats of Fascism/Nazism and Communism are confronting Orthodox Christianity as well as other forms of Christian beliefs. History informs us that while the two ideologies will fight each other, once a victor is evident, Orthodox Christianity and other forms of Christian beliefs will become its next target.
Given twin threats to our American way of life, St. Tikhon of Moscow is also a patron saint to whom we pray.
Time, seemingly, is moving at a more rapid pace. People hunger, physically and spiritually, for nourishment. Heresies abound and plagues envelope our earth creating fear, if not panic. At risk is the truth and the Truth which is challenged by man. The following worlds by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn are as relevant today as when originally stated.
In one part of the world, not so long ago, under persecutions not inferior to those of the ancient Romans’, hundreds of thousands of silent Christians gave up their lives for their belief in God. In the other hemisphere a certain madman, (and no doubt he is not alone), speeds across the ocean to DELIVER us from religion – with a thrust of steel into the high priest! He has calculated for each and every one of us according to his personal scale of values!
That which from a distance, according to one scale of values, appears as enviable and flourishing freedom, at close quarters, and according to other values, is felt to be infuriating constraint calling for buses to be overthrown. That which in one part of the world might represent a dream of incredible prosperity, in another has the exasperating effect of wild exploitation demanding immediate strike. There are different scales of values for natural catastrophes: a flood craving two hundred thousand lives seems less significant than our local accident. There are different scales of values for personal insults: sometimes even an ironic smile or a dismissive gesture is humiliating, while for others cruel beatings are forgiven as an unfortunate joke. There are different scales of values for punishment and wickedness: according to one, a month’s arrest, banishment to the country, or an isolation-cell where one is fed on white rolls and milk, shatters the imagination and fills the newspaper columns with rage. While according to another, prison sentences of twenty-five years, isolation-cells where the walls are covered with ice and the prisoners stripped to their underclothes, lunatic asylums for the sane, and countless unreasonable people who for some reason will keep running away, shot on the frontiers – all this is common and accepted. While the mind is especially at peace concerning that exotic part of the world about which we know virtually nothing, from which we do not even receive news of events, but only the trivial, out-of-date guesses of a few correspondents.
Yet we cannot reproach human vision for this duality, for this dumbfounded incomprehension of another man’s distant grief, man is just made that way. But for the whole of mankind, compressed into a single lump, such mutual incomprehension presents the threat of imminent and violent destruction. One world, one mankind cannot exist in the face of six, four or even two scales of values: we shall be torn apart by this disparity of rhythm, this disparity of vibrations.
A man with two hearts is not for this world, neither shall we be able to live side by side on one Earth.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1970, nobelprize.org, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Lecture Russian (pdf) | https://www.nobelprize.org/uploads/2015/03/solzhenitsyn-lecture.pdf | English https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1970/solzhenitsyn/lecture/
This site has a bold vision, yet the preceding is stated in humility knowing its scope is limited. The vision is to quench, if only in a very limited way, the hunger of man. May God have mercy on us!
Note. We distill information from many sources, not solely Orthodox Christian resources. Trust in truth and our faith. We are in a world of confusion, and we must navigate our way to the Truth, recognizing truth wherever it exists. We must be contemplative, thoughtful, and learning. And we must question the realities around us, shooting darts of the Jesus Prayer whenever we encounter untruths and evil. Similarly, we must give glory to God when we see His presence before us in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is manifested. All truth leads to Orthodoxy, if only we listen.
'Every one that is of the truth hears my voice' (John 18:37).
Then when He says, Every one that is of the truth hears My voice, He draws him on by these means, and persuades him to become a listener to the words. For if, says He, any one is true, and desires these things, he will certainly hear Me. - John Chrysostom