What has become of our Christian faith? Today, it appears more like a tradition or a set of narratives. But few seem to worry. Who cares if God has one nature or two when tolerance and pluralism are ruling the day?
The feast day of the Prophet Elijah celebrated by our Church on 2 August is a sobering event that brings us back to our senses. The Church venerates him in great glory as a zealous servant of God, a censurer of evil, and an advocate of true faith. In our times, few will have the courage even to speak of their faith. Even fewer people would say that they would die for Christ.
So where has our zeal for God gone? We still see our lives revolve around Christ. We still cannot imagine our world without Him. Why have we lost the ardour?
Perhaps we have become complacent or too lazy. We allow ourselves too many excuses when we break the fast, do not pray before going to sleep, or skipping the worship service.
So we all need the example of the Prophet Elijah, who took upon himself the mission and responsibility to keep the faith in Israel. God visited him - not as thunder or grace, but as a quiet breath of air. "Give blood, take in the spirit". This phrase remains as relevant as ever, and the example of the Prophet Elijah is its excellent illustration.
I urge you to find ways to serve God according to your ability. Do not spare yourself excessively, but also take care not to overstrain yourself. Seek His will and His blessing, which alone can give you the strength to perform your service. Without them, even our best intentions will fail. Find the golden middle. We must all do it to live our life of service to God.
In his humility and self-stripping, God went to the Cross. He travelled to Jerusalem knowing that he would be derided and subjected to torment and flagellation. He did it out of love, conforming with his teaching, "Love God and your neighbour as yourself". Love is the ultimate thing; all else is the means for its pursuit. Prayer, fasting, repentance and the Holy Church are the means by which to nourish ourselves with God's love. They let us persist in following Christ to the end by His grace, despite the corruption of our spirit and the distortion of our nature by sin.
Do we realise the importance of articulating before God the actions that are essential and indispensable for us...?
The meaning of a human life and its value are determined by one's life goal. If the world is going to burn down in flames, together with all the worldly things in it, a human life, then, will be worthless, meaningless and only a chasing after…
Today, we commemorate the Icon of the Holy Theotokos "Joy of All Who Sorrow". It sends us a powerful message: joys and sorrows are two sides of the same coin.
On the 18th of July we celebrate our Convent's Patron Saint Feast and commemorate the Holy Royal Martyr Grand Duchess Elisabeth. "It is a great feast for all those, who are inspired by the life of this great ascetic." Fr Andrey Lemeshonok
At some point in our lives, we will find God’s grace and make steady progress in our spiritual and worldly lives. Our hearts will rejoice. Hope and faith will dwell in them, and there will be no room for despair.
We are all treading along our life path; it is a journey that we will have to follow through to the end, every footstep of it. We should be careful not to take the wrong turn as we are progressing since every false step can cost us very dearly.
In our lives on this earth, the lobby of Heaven, are we not like these invalids at the pool? Are we not waiting like them for some Angel of God to perform a miracle that will make us see, hear and live?