"The important thing is for us to enter into the Church—to unite ourselves with our fellow men, with the joys and sorrows of each and everyone, to feel that they are our own, to pray for everyone, to have care for their salvation, to forget about ourselves, to do everything for them just as Christ did for us. In the Church we become one unfortunate, suffering and sinful soul. No one should wish to be saved alone without all others being save. It is a mistake for someone to pray for himself, that he himself may be saved. We must love others and pray that no soul be lost, that all may enter into the Church. That is what counts."
— St. Porphyrios

Daughter: NPR Music Tiny Desk

Evening scenes || My icon of recently canonized St. Porphyrios finally came in!!! I can’t put into words how much his teachings and life has shaped and influenced me. Took a nap, poured some coffee, and will be breaking into this gem. Party.

Anonymous Asked
QuestionWhat's the best way for a poor person to avoid buying sweatshop stuff? I hate what happens in sweatshops but at the same time my options are limited due to money and what's being sold in my area :( Do you have any advice? Answer

kyriarchy:

eoin-ceallsach:

bobsavage:

tranxious:

princess-passion-flower:

Thrift is the only thing i can think of

Not buying from sweatshops would do nothing to improve the lives of the workers so it’s probably best to not waste energy on shopping “ethically” and concentrate on organising our own workplaces and communities.

Over the past decade, factory and sweatshop workers across East and South Asia have been militantly organising. Their unions are getting stronger, they are taking direct action against bosses and militias, and they are gaining better wages and working conditions all the time.

To boycott the products they make, when no union or sweatshop workers are calling for a boycott, doesn’t strengthen their struggle, it’ll weaken it.

Nike or Primark, whatever you buy you’re buying from exploited workers. And that includes the first world primark shop workers and delivery people. You cannot boycott capitalism under a globalised capitalist system.

Boycotts lead to less profits lead to already exploited workers being laid off. Unless they call for a boycott (in which they’ve hopefully prepared for the fallout) you’re only added more exploitation and starvation. It’s a fucking terrible tight-rope act that was purposefully designed to weaken solidarity and direct action.

your periodic reminder that there’s no ethical consumerism under capitalism.

A lot of important points covered here. I’m so conflicted. With as many variables I’ve resolved in attempting to live as simply as possible. Not exactly the revolutionary answer many want but it’s a start.

heroinscarlet:

St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
heroinscarlet:

St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
heroinscarlet:

St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
heroinscarlet:

St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

heroinscarlet:

St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Washington, D.C.

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I don’t want to go to school today, waaaaah.

mouthwingss:

scottxstephens:

Mornings with Benedict

Need

I love this.

(Source: Spotify)

"Ever let mercy outweigh all else in you. Let our compassion be a mirror where we may see in ourselves that likeness and that true image which belong to the Divine nature and Divine essence. A heart hard and unmerciful will never be pure." -St. Isaac the Syrian (at my beautiful corner)