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

In this episode of the New Pascha video podcast ministry of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, a young Orthodox couple, Josef and Effy Candelario, talk to Fr. Bratso Krsic about their missionary journey from California to Greece, Albania and Sweden.

Djordje Popovic, founder of SAFKOS (Serbian American Foundation for Kosovo) and Vlada Vladic, founder of Vlada’s Seeds Of Life talk to Fr. Bratso Krsic about their inspiring endeavors to improve the lives of others.

Fr. George Gligich, St. Peter the Apostle Serbian Orthodox Church, Fresno, CA, and Fr. Daniel Kirk, St. Herman of Alaska Mission parish, Kalispell, MT, talk with Fr. Bratso Krsic about the supreme road to knowledge – love and other facets of contemporary Orthodox ministry.

Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the keys of restorative healing and synergy with God with words like these: “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you.” Saint John Chrysostom helped to prove it in his treatise that demonstrated if a man doesn’t suffer injury by his own hand then nothing or no one can harm him. In a time where so many derive self-worth from how they’re perceived by strangers on social media, while surveys show church attendance decreasing – well before the pandemic – Saint John’s words have never been more relevant and needed in order to bring a portion of God’s people back to Him in soul-saving humility.

Deacon David Williams and Dr. Gaelan Gilbert (Reader Anthony), professors from St. Katherine University, a regionally-accredited Orthodox Christian institution of higher education in southern California, talk to Fr. Bratso Krsic about Orthodox education, challenges and opportunities in pursuing our goal – shaping image of Christ within our souls.

The miraculous healing at the pool that takes place in the Gospel lesson for the fourth Sunday of Pascha is an example of something that’s been made abundantly CLEAR at this point in the life of God’s people Israel, though it’s not been abundantly ACCEPTED: the Messiah had come as THE FULFILLMENT of the Mosaic Law and the Prophetic teaching: Jesus Himself proclaimed it with those very words during His sermon on the mount.

NEW PASCHA Crosstalk presents: Pastoral reflections of the clergy of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church. This episode features Fr. Serafim Gascoigne, from Pokrov of the Theotokos parish in Seattle, Washington, and Fr. Bratso Krsic from St. George parish of San Diego, California.  These reflections are timely. They are permeated with pastoral insight, Orthodox Christian spirituality, and care. We are not alone because we are of the Church; we are united in the bond of love; God, Theotokos, and saints are with us.

NEW PASCHA Crosstalk presents: Pastoral reflections of the clergy of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church. This episode features Fr. Bratso Krsic from St. George parish of San Diego, California, Fr. George Elliot of St. Andrew Fool-for-Christ parish, Anderson, California, and Fr. John Suvak from St. John the Wonderworker parish, Eugene, Oregon. Their insights are uplifting and timely. They are personal testimonies from concerned and loving priests addressed to their flock and beyond. The Resurrection of Christ is the source of our renewal and life.

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Gojko Vuckovic

The longtime member and supporter of NASSS, Dr. Gojko Vuckovic(61) passed away on October 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, after a brief battle with gastric cancer. Dr. Vuckovic was buried at the Serbian Cemetery in Los Angeles, officiated by Father PetarJovanovic.

Dr. Vuckovic received his B.A. from the University of Belgrade. After arriving to the United States, he received a M.S.M.from the Arthur D. Little School of Management, Cambridge, Massachusetts(1990) and a M.P.A. from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1991). Healso received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC), School of Public Administration, Los Angeles, California(1996) with a concentration in the areas of comparative politics and administration.

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On Divine Philanthropy

From Plato to John Chrysostom

by Bishop Danilo Krstic

This book describes the use of the notion of divine philanthropy from its first appearance in Aeschylos and Plato to the highly polyvalent use of it by John Chrysostom. Each page is marked by meticulous scholarship and great insight, lucidity of thought and expression. Bishop Danilo’s principal methodology in examining Chrysostom is a philological analysis of his works in order to grasp all the semantic shades of the concept of philanthropia throughout his vast literary output. The author overviews the observable development of the concept of philanthropia in a research that encompasses nearly seven centuries of literary sources. Peculiar theological connotations are studied in the uses of divine philanthropia both in the classical development from Aeschylos via Plutarch down to Libanius, Themistius of Byzantium and the Emperor Julian, as well as in the biblical development, especially from Philo and the New Testament through Origen and the Cappadocians to Chrysostom.

With this book, the author invites us to re-read Chrysostom’s golden pages on the ineffable philanthropy of God. "There is a modern ring in Chrysostom’s attempt to prove that we are loved—no matter who and where we are—and even infinitely loved, since our Friend and Lover is the infinite Triune God."

The victory of Chrysostom’s use of philanthropia meant the affirmation of ecclesial culture even at the level of Graeco-Roman culture. May we witness the same reality today in the modern techno-scientific world in which we live.