How many people do you know who have faced a firing squad or had lengthy conversations with Mother Teresa? Klaus Kenneth has experienced both in his most extraordinary life. Klaus is an Orthodox Christian and spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex. He was born into extremely unfortunate circumstances at the end of World War II: his father abandoned his family not long after they settled in their new home, his mother rejected him, and he was abused, mentally and physically, by a priest who promised to “educate” him. As Klaus sought to escape the hell of being unloved he began to look for a way out, which took him on a journey through the manifold pleasures and promises of “this world”: rock music, sex, drugs, the Occult, Transcendental Meditation, the religious traditions of North and South America, Africa and the Middle East (including Israel), India and the Orient. His quest literally took him around the world several times over. He tried it all! But as Klaus himself relates in this remarkable story, the longest and hardest journey of them all was the one that goes from head to heart.
Not content with words alone, Klaus applied himself diligently to everything that he tried. In the process, he learned the techniques of the Occult, he was regarded as a guru in India, where he spent a number of years, and believed that he would end his life as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. The list of his experiences, the places he visited, and the people he met is endless. And along the way, he was given profound spiritual experiences, which led him to the One that he had always discounted – Jesus Christ.
Though entirely unaware of it at the time, Klaus’ “return” to Christianity began in Calcutta, with Mother Teresa, his “first mother”, as he describes her. It was facilitated later by the famous Protestant pastor, Maurice Ray, the first father-figure in Klaus’ life, from whom he had received exorcism. And it was brought to completion by Elder Sophrony of Essex, whose unconditional love and genuine friendship initiated Klaus into a world that he had never suspected even existed.
Because of the sincerity of his desire, God revealed himself to Klaus, brought him out of the chaos of our syncretistic culture, and led him to the place where the realization of our true personhood in and through Jesus Christ may be accomplished: the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church – the Orthodox Church.
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