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)
There was a time in my life when I desponded a lot. It was so difficult for me to tolerate someone or something... Reflections on the sloth by nun Mstislava (Gorodnichuk).
Schema-monk Piotr (Piotr Polyak), who departed to God in 2011, lived a difficult life and knew many falls and victories over sin. At all times, he had genuine trust in God and was committed to serving God and the people.
We should struggle for every word we hear during the church service. We might face here the following problem: being quite familiar with the service itself, we struggle for this word of God, we hear it during the service but it does not penetrate…
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.
Monastics are people who fend for themselves. They go it alone and ascetise out of everybody's view.
By learning to understand and accept people of all sorts in any condition, I am growing - in faith, trust, hope and love. I am putting my sorrows into perspective and find my experience invaluable and therapeutic.
Cutting off their own will, the sisters go through changes until finally a new personality is born, a follower of Christ, a nun.