The Optina Monastery is a famous stauropegion of the Russian Orthodox Church, located in the Kaluga region. A stauropegion is a church or monastery exempt from the jurisdiction of the local bishop and directly subject to the highest authority of the territorial…
"All our worldly issues and all our worldly tasks we have to complete can be reduced to one thing: do you believe in God? Do you want to fulfill God's will? Or are you getting confused in your relations because you don't really know what you want?"
This orthodox chant is performed by the Festive Choir. It is a Troparion after the seventeenth Kathisma of the Psalter. The Psalter is the Old Testament book that contains hymns and poems traditionally ascribed to the Holy Prophet and King David.
Sometimes, the magnitude of human suffering, hardship, and pain can throw us into despair. But let remind ourselves that people in worse situations have come out of them successfully, and emerged stronger than before.
As the sages of the East used to say, one would be cursed to live in a time of abrupt change. Saint Sergius of Radonezh lived in one of Russia's most troubled periods and left us some valuable insights that have survived his day.