Throughout human history, people have been looking to omens and indications from God and asking for them. Why? When we begin to look for inspiration in some event, hunch or intuition, this may itself be an indication of our fatigue with doing God’s works.
During each Liturgy, the name of its supposed author St Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome is pronounced at the dismissal. However, is the ascription of this Eastern-spirited service to a Western saint and the Western liturgical tradition really justified?
Sermon by the spiritual father of Saint Elisabeth Convent Andrey Lemeshonok on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross (April 4, 2021). "It will take us some effort to reach the Sunday of Resurrection. The struggle goes on both inside and outside us.”
The reality is often different from our wishes. It is cruel to say to someone who is terminally ill, "You are going to get well." Instead, to talk to the person about their eternal destination is to express deep and genuine love.
Things that happen in the world are not of God. They are the products of our passions. Wild and raging passions are driving people’s actions. Why? Because people do not know where their homeland is, what the foundation of their lives should be, or what they are living for.
The Gospel teaches us that our circumstances do not exist by chance but instead by intention for our good (Ephesians 2:10). Today, we talk to Nun Elisabeth from Germany about her progress towards God, the Orthodox Faith and monasticism.