I was participating in an exhibition in Russia on behalf of Saint Elisabeth Convent. Another busy day was over. I was exhausted and not feeling well. I could not wait to lay down in my bed and go to sleep.
We were staying with a very nice family who took great care of us. As soon as I entered the door, my hosts greeted me with the question, "Mother, will you forgive us? Our extended family have come to see us. They want to talk to you. Would you mind spending some time with them?"
Honestly, my first reaction was confusion. I was tired, my legs were aching, and wanted to be left alone. But a moment later, it occurred to me that these people must have some reason to talk to me, some problem for which they might want my advice as a medical doctor. Would it be fair to turn them away?
So I met them, and we talked for another hour. To my surprise, I felt refreshed, invigorated. The fatigue was gone as if I had been resting all day. To me, this incident showed the power of the Lord to give us the strength and energy to serve others.
That does not mean that we do not need to rest, or that we should use our time indiscriminately. Yet we always benefit - spiritually and even physically - by overcoming ourselves to help another.
So let us take care of ourselves by taking care of others. May the Lord save and protect you!
Nun Maria (Litvinova)
I am a monastic. To me, this title is more precious than all the honours and awards of this world combined. I am learning to live with God, to hear His voice in a cacophony of voices and sounds.
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Nun Julia Baran: “As I said to my mother, I wish I had joined the Convent after school. But I know If I had joined young, I probably would not have stayed. God let me join at 37. He is leading me, and I am following.”
In our works of charity, we are mindful of the old saying: “Worry not about a roaring storm, but about a tear of a needy person”.
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.
On the anniversary of the birthday of our Convent's patron saint Elisabeth Romanov, nun Elisabeth (Shukovich) shares with us some highlights of her spiritual life and describes how her prayerful connection with Saint Elisabeth shaped their outcomes.
In the second part of our interview series with Nun Euphrosyne, Mother Superior of St. Elisabeth Convent, we asked her to talk about her background and her service at the Convent.