I don't often just take things whole-cloth, but I stumbled upon this story (again) today and was reminded of the simple and overwhelming love that radiates from our great pastors. Taken from here.
Visitations by Archbishop Dmitri Royster of the Orthodox Church in
America were different, since the faithful in the 14-state Diocese of
the South knew that one memorable event would take care of itself. All
they had to do was take their leader to a children's Sunday-school class
and let him answer questions.
During a 1999 visit to Knoxville, Tenn., the lanky Texan folded down
onto a kid-sized chair and faced a circle of preschool and elementary
children. With his long white hair and flowing white beard, he resembled
an icon of St. Nicholas -- as in St. Nicholas, the monk and
fourth-century bishop of Myra.
As snacks were served, a child asked if Dmitri liked his doughnuts
plain or with sprinkles. With a straight face, the scholarly archbishop
explained that he had theological reasons -- based on centuries of
church tradition -- for preferring doughnuts with icing and sprinkles.
A parent in the back of the room whispered: "Here we go." Some of
the children giggled, amused at the sight of the bemused bishop holding
up a colorful pastry as if he were performing a ritual.
"In Orthodoxy, there are seasons in which we fast from many of the
foods we love," he said. "When we fast, we should fast. But when we
feast, we should truly feast and be thankful." Thus, he reasoned, with a
smile, that doughnuts with sprinkles and icing were "more Orthodox"
than plain doughnuts
Memory Eternal, Vladika!