We are all connected. Moreover, we are in the same boat, we all have the same helmsman who is setting the course, and we will get to our destination safely if we all stay on board. There will be storms and gales, but the Lord knows where to steer, and if anyone escapes, it will be only rats.
Seek the kingdom of Heaven, and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6: 33). We have been praying and asking God for something, but the result is different from what we had expected. And so, doubts are gnawing us; suspicion is creeping in. Could God have ignored us? Did he hear us at all? What else would have caused Him not to answer our pleas? At these very moments, our faith comes to the test. The kingdom of God lives within us as long as we stay connected to Him. We must work hard to keep this relationship and strengthen it. We might lose sight of him at times, but then we will at least know the direction and keep going.
When all is going well, it is simple to follow God with enthusiasm, just as it is easy to celebrate our successes. However, when difficulties and sorrows come, our determination may dwindle.
Yet all of us who participate in church life can find inspiration in the saints and in our prayers. Reading the book of Job, we are struck by the exceptional trials and sorrows that befell the lot of this holy man. It is not the task of God to make us happy at this very moment, but to teach our souls to live according to His love, eschew sin and all things finite and perishable, and lead us to eternal salvation.
We are used to thinking in purely human terms, while God's plan for us is to see us grow and advance and become a party to a new life in God while still on this earth.
The reality is often different from our wishes. It is cruel to say to someone who is terminally ill, "You are going to get well." Instead, to talk to the person about their eternal destination is to express deep and genuine love.
The Mother of God is our Mother in Heaven; she intercedes for us and comes to our help throughout our lives. Her love is salvific and everlasting. Mother of all the world's children, she defeated death in her heart.
The Lord became flesh to defeat death and sin, but He also came to restore true worship of Him. He worked miracles to bring it home to all the people that He was the true Son of God.
All of us are capable of becoming rich towards the Lord. To do so, there is no need to have abundant riches. Good intentions and benevolence are all that is needed. In the Scripture, Christ tells a parable about a rich man who reaped an abundant…
What is real repentance and how to truly repent and turn to God? Is it only going to a confession and naming our sins? How to depend and be saved?
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.
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…
The Scripture provides us with some explanations as to why people who heard the word of God and saw the churches do not see, though seeing, and do not hear or understand, though hearing - many centuries ago or today, and why their hearts remain…