We have been called upon by Christ for the service of love; we cannot afford to deny our compassion for the needy, whom the Lord refers to as the "least of these brothers and sisters of mine” (Matthew 25:40), or to withhold our best efforts to help them. In our works of charity, we are mindful of the old saying: “Worry not about a roaring storm, but about a tear of a needy person”.
Our goal is not to create a heaven on earth by feeding all the hungry and clothing all the destitute. Our social ministry is an expression of our love and compassion for our neighbour. For the Lord, himself repeated many times that by helping the needy, we are doing a service to Him. We draw our inspiration from the Good Samaritan, who put aside his own daily tasks and took upon himself the care of a complete stranger of a different faith, expending a lot of effort and all the money he had at hand, and promised to help more if needed. So should our ministry reach out to everyone in need?
Our main focus is on child and adult patients with mental disabilities who are in need of permanent care and attention; hospital patients, persons suffering from alcohol and drug dependency and their families, and the homeless and vulnerable.
Vera (Faith). This nun got the name Vera during her tonsure for a reason. Before her coming to faith, this woman was addicted to heroin and used to think that the dark and gloomy hell was her home.
At our feast of Epiphany people could see carved out of ice figures: the temple, figures of angels and animals symbolizing the evangelists. Everything here puts you in a prayerful mood.
In the second part of our interview series with Nun Euphrosyne, Mother Superior of St. Elisabeth Convent, we asked her to talk about her background and her service at the Convent.
Nun Tamara (Ignatovich) is the person who rings the bells of our Convent's Saint Nicholas Church. We asked her to share her thoughts about her obedience and its importance for churchgoers.
Like no other period of the year, the Lenten weeks stand out for their fullness, intensity and depth of religious feeling. They are our journey back to God and our own selves.
Meeting with God is always very personal, mysterious, unperceivable. Sisters of our Convent share their stories of when and how they heard the Lord and responded to His call. The first story about the way to God shared with us Nun Mitrodora.
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.