In our lives as Christians, kindness and compassion are essential. But these days, they are in extremely short supply. I wish with all my heart that we had an abundance of these virtues. We need them to reach out to everyone, even to those who are not our friends, or do not share our views. We rely on them to remain sympathetic and not to become embittered. They protect us from the spirit of division that reigns in this world and wields its power over many people. Hopefully, we can all transform ourselves mentally and spiritually to let the love of God enter our hearts and souls.
For love is our only weapon against the spirit of hostility, which is even easier to catch than the Coronavirus. We can fight off the virus by wearing a mask and keeping our distance, but to keep at bay the spirit of hostility is much harder, as it attacks us from afar. Just a single thought, suspicion or mood can land us straight into the hands of our enemy.
So let us work hard to fill our hearts with the spirit of love.
Priest Sergius Nezhbort
Translated by Yulia Simm
Recently, we commemorated the new martyrs and confessors of Russia who sacrificed themselves for our faith, our ability to come to Church to accept the Body and Blood of Christ and commune in Him.
During the Great Lent, we abstain from certain foods and entertainments, but this fasting is not limited to abstinence; we aim at the the restoration of our inner peace.
Movement is life. We are always in a hurry, racing somewhere. This ongoing race forms a habit that won’t let us stop and see, hear and perceive what is happening now, at this moment. So what’s the whole point of rushing, really? Where are we…
What did the Lord come into the world for? He came to liberate man from the bonds of slavery. Apostle Paul explains what kind of slavery it was: For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. (Romans 7: 19).
We should have a purpose to our lives, and do all we can to live up to it. Yet some lives look more like an abandoned corner of a field overgrown with weed. People seem to be living them without a sense of purpose, and some may have given up.
How can we change our world? To quote Saint Ignatius Bryanchaninov, do not try to shake the foundations, but be vigilant; take care of yourself, your family and kin; be an example for others, and thousands will be saved around you.
Our congratulations go to all our women. We wish them to grow in their faith and success in their hard work to keep the peace in their families.