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  • Faith

    Wow! That’s amazing!

  • Julie

    Cool, and nobody booed him off the stage, either! He made the Sign of the Cross “backwards,” and a search confirmed that Jonathan Jackson and his entire family are recent coverts to Orthodoxy:

  • Marion (Mael Muire)

    I second Faith’s comment: Amazing!

    He opens himself to a hostile reaction. My impression of this particular young man is that his devotion to God is so heartfelt, so profoundly a part of his very being, that if persons hostile to his faith (whether religious believers or otherwise) were to mock or argue with the remarks he made on stage, that their denunciations would just simply bounce right off him. For him and for those who heard him.

    Not in the sense that he would best his interlocuters in mockery or argument, so much as that his love is


    His love, I think, would prove too deep to be disturbed. Like an iceberg, it’s possible to scratch the surface, spraypaint it, even pile trash on it, but the bulk of the berg goes down, down, down to the mighty depths of the ocean, where nothing can touch it.

    That our love for God should be like that!

  • D’Arcy

    I saw him make the Sign of the Cross and immediately knew he was either Eastern Christian or really lapsed Catholic.

  • suburbanbanshee

    You don’t see too many Signs of the Cross onstage, but you REALLY don’t hear many shoutouts to Mount Athos!

  • Rae Stabosz

    *clap* *clap*

    Thank you, Mark. I needed that today.

  • Sharon

    Most of the audience would have known of his conversion to the Orthodox Church. I wonder if he had converted to Catholicism and made a Catholic Sign of the Cross would the reaction have been so positive?

  • kmk

    God bless him and his family! Thanks, Mark!