Only a handful of us would be able to say, especially during an illness, "I am strong because I am with God." I have promised myself multiple times not to complain about my infirmities and pains, but I cannot always do so. I am trying hard to give glory to God for all things, despite the pain, tears and despair. For there is no other way to follow Christ. I have seen the power of God in action. Father Nikolai Guryanov, lying in his bed and waiting for his imminent departure, spoke of beauty and the gift of life.
We know that not a hair of our head will perish without God's will. Realising our weakness and spiritual poverty should bring us to revise our approach to life and rethink our relationship with God. In the Bible, the Lord said to the invalid who had spent 38 years lying paralysed on his mat, "Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." We know that the Lord cares and burns out with the fire of His love the legacy of the sin that had built up in us over time.
Christ's words shed light on the spiritual meaning of the continuing Covid pandemic. Christ allowed it to us to let us become different. So our words and sensibilities become more centred on Christ. So we would become the channels of His love by helping all who come to us in sorrow and despair.
Let us not lose our time making guesses about our tomorrow. A believer in Christ should stand firm, be alert and keep our strong connection to God. So let us work on changing our character, habits and our entire lives. Let us deserve the honour of being called Christians. We have a lot of work ahead to bring salvation for ourselves and to our loved ones. Christ is risen!
As Christians, we know that there are many people tonight who need our prayers because, sadly, they cannot pray for themselves. So we will spend this night standing at the Divine Liturgy, praying for the secular and Christian worlds together.…
The people who do not know God will live different lives, which may even be quite exciting and filled with all sorts of pleasures. Their life journeys, however, will have the same endpoint – being buried in a grave and falling into oblivion.
There are two agendas to our lives. One comprises the things of this world, the other relates to our riches in heaven. It is a formidable challenge to pursue both at the same time.
The world is jealous. One finds God and begins to hold little value in its treasures – money, wealth, power, pride and much else. But the world will go to any length to keep us from abandoning its treasures for the love of God.
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.
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
We feel pity for ourselves; we wish to lay down on our bed and never get up, but we must stand to the end. who endures to the end, he shall be saved.
At the beginning of the Dormition Fast, a liturgy and a holy cross procession on the second-highest point in Belarus has become our good tradition. It reminds the people of their ascent to heaven, it calls on them to rise above their everyday…