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!
Last Sunday, we celebrated the feast of Archangel Michael and his army of angels. It is composed of his loyal warriors, and our guardian angels are among them. They accompany all our lives from baptism, interceding for us before our Lord.
Life in the spirit and the soul begins with one's acceptance of one's neighbour and achieving inner peace. Spiritual life is about simplicity. The first thing that our Saviour and John the Baptist preached to the people was repentance.
There are two worlds of God - the visible and the invisible. The invisible world, the world of the spirit, is lost for us. Instead, we choose to live in a world of illusions.
Are we strong enough to keep our connectedness with God in pain and hardship? Can we resist the temptations of living in the flesh to live in the Lord and do His will? Can we learn not to be selfish? If so, we will have genuine freedom as our…
Some of us might say, "If Christ came to Belarus, we would not shout to crucify Him; we would listen to Him.” We would be wrong. Few of us today will be willing to be servants to the King of Heaven and follow him through the end.
Living separately from the Lord is like living in a void; however hard one tries to fill it; by living apart from God, one will never succeed in meeting the true needs of one's spirit - for peace, purity and humility.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). Who would repeat these words in a job interview?