BOOK REVIEW: Fr. George Calciu: First Century Christian in the Twentieth Century
by Wesley J. Smith
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
I had no idea. To be more precise, before I converted to Eastern Orthodoxy, I knew that the Orthodox Church had been harshly suppressed by the communists, but I had no idea that the cruelty of persecution often equaled that inflicted on the early church.
Father George Calciu (1925-2006) was one such sufferer for Christ. A Romanian by birth, an Orthodox Christian by upbringing, twice a political prisoner (totaling 21 years), a priest by vocation, an outspoken evangelist and critic of communist materialism, brutally tortured for the faith, blessed to experience the “Uncreated Light” of God, and finally when all seemed lost, liberated and exiled to America where he became a beloved priest and a spiritual father—including to the prolific author and Orthodox apologist, Frederica Matthewes-Green.