Letter #22, 2019: “Soft totalitarianism”
Tuesday, April 29, 2019
The history of communist persecution of traditional Christians offers inspiration for those facing a “soft totalitarianism,” in terms of how faith endured under the “hard” form. The book Everyday Saints by the Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevnukov) describes how a Russian monastery fell into bad repute:
“It was said that its monks were all idlers and drunkards. During the Civil War [in Russia, c. 1920] the Bolsheviks arrived in the town that was closest to the monastery. They gathered together its inhabitants in the market square, and then they dragged the monastery’s monks out in a convoy.
“The commissar loudly yelled at the people as he pointed