Monthly Archives: October 2011

Veronica, I loved your book!!!!


I loved your book!!! I want more, more more!!! I think that you, forgive me for saying if I am too forward, really need to write more books for everyone.  This is such a huge unquenched as of yet need in our community – to reclaim the once or twice a year Orthodox, the New Agers and anyone else who is really deeply searching for God.
Ariane Trifunovic-Montemuro
“The Lord is the accomplishment of everything good that I think, feel and do.” St. John Kronstadt

Christian Conversion – Orthodox Women’s Ministry – my book/blog/author’s website can be a great resource!

Christian Conversion – Orthodox Women’s Ministry

My husband said to me last night as I was struggling with myself about how to reach others regarding my book, “The majority of folks that buy your book are women. Women like to read stories written by women. Orthodox women especially love your book! Your conversion to Christianity will touch the hearts of many who have been or are into New Age and Eastern religions and those who have strong issues with Christianity.  Your book inspires women, reaffirms their faith and can help them to help their family members and friends who are not Orthodox understand what Orthodoxy is all about.

At your book events men and women, but especially Orthodox women are so thrilled that they can pass a book on to their friends and family who are not practicing Christians – a book that can open their hearts newly to Christ and the peace you/they have found in Eastern Orthodox Christianity. 

That is why you wrote your book. Your book can help introduce Eastern Orthodoxy to those who are on a spiritual journey and are not aware of the mystical treasures available in Orthodoxy.  Your Pearl can aid women in Orthodox Christian ministry to make a bridge or plant a seed for Christ and Orthodoxy in the hearts of their family and friends.” Greg was right. I got all fire up after his pep talk!

If you are an Orthodox woman with an active desire to open the hearts of others to our faith – my book can help you!

I also have created a space on my website for Orthodox women in Christian ministries to network. Please email me,, if you would like me to post a link on my website for other Orthodox women in ministry to use as a resource.

Your comments on my blog are greatly appreciated as well!

God bless you! I look forward to connecting and spreading The Word!


Lectures and the literary scene in Marin County, Oct. 2 through 9, 2011

ST. NICHOLAS ORTHODOX CHURCH — 102 Ross Ave., San Anselmo; 454-0982; 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8: Veronica Hughes, book signing, “The Pearl of Great Price” during the St. Nicholas Bazaar.

St. Andrew, fool for Christ

Commemorated on October 2

Blessed Andrew, Fool-for-Christ, was a Slav and lived in the tenth century at Constantinople. From his early years, he loved God’s Church and the Holy Scriptures. Once during a dream, the saint beheld a vision of two armies. In the one were men in radiant garb, in the other, black and fiercesome devils. An angel of God, who held wondrous crowns, said to Andrew, that these crowns were not adornments from the earthly world, but rather a celestial treasure, with which the Lord rewards His warriors, victorious over the dark hordes. “Proceed with this good deed,” the angel said to Andrew. “Be a fool for My sake and you will receive much in the day of My Kingdom.”

The saint perceived that it was the Lord Himself summoning him to this deed. From that time Andrew began to go about the streets in rags, as though his mind had become muddled. For many years the saint endured mockery and insults. With indifference he underwent beatings, hunger and thirst, cold and heat, begging alms and giving them away to the poor. For his great forebearance and humility the saint received from the Lord the gift of prophecy and wisdom, saving many from spiritual perils, and he unmasked the impiety of many.

While praying at the Blachernae church, St Andrew beheld the Most Holy Mother of God, holding her veil over those praying under her Protection (October 1). Blessed Andrew died in the year 936.

My Comments:

Last night my husband, Gregory, read to me the full life of St. Andrew, Fool for Christ. What a life! What a spiritual path to follow! It is amazing to me how someone would choose to be mocked and scorned, rejected by others and fain foolishness for Christ’s sake. Yet, that is exactly what Our Lord lived. People laughed him to scorn, spit on Him, rejected Him, and crucified Him.  St. Andrew followed Christ on this path and during one of his most intense spiritual struggles, after days of freezing cold and near death – St. Andrew was lifted up the the “third Heaven” as was St. Paul. His account of this experience is in the full text of his life.

The Collection of The Lives of the Saints, Volume II: October, Chrysostom Press

Being Orthodox involves spiritual warfare with the dark side and its forces, which I address in my book and podcasts on Ancient Faith Radio. Last night during a dream I was able to more fully realize and employ the power of the Cross thanks to the reading of St. Andrew’s life. Reading his story help me to find a courage and belief in the power of the Cross I have to this point only prayed and hoped for.  I somehow was able, by the grace of God to shift my understanding of its power to protect and defeat the devil during and after my dream. Thank you Holy St. Andrew! Glory to God!