We go to confession to say to God: Lord forgive me. Saying these words is not easy. We have to contend with a lot of contravening thoughts, moods and emotions. But we need to say them, otherwise, we will continue to point our fingers at others, look for excuses, and keep wondering why life is so hard, where our misfortunes are coming from, and why God is looking the other way. If we really want things to change in our lives, our plea to God Lord forgive me should come from our hearts.
But it might take many of us a lot of time before these words become the expression of our hearts true desire, and of our heartfelt sorrow and deep remorse for our sin before God and our neighbours, exactly as written in the Scripture: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the worst(1 Timothy 1:15). I hope that we will all continue our progress, so we can say "Lord forgive me" in this manner. It may not happen today or this year, but we all need it very much. And once we are there, our genuine repentance will bring fundamental change.
Repentance is change, and not just a complaint or an account of one's difficulties or hardships in life; to repent is not to go on about how hard and difficult your life is, how unhappy and misunderstood you are, how everyone has abandoned you and nobody needs you. This is not repentance. True repentance takes a totally different attitude and approach.
You can repeat a hundred times Lord forgive me, but say this with your mouth, not with your heart. Let us pray that the words of repentance find a place in our hearts; that they fill up the space that is now taken by a lot of unnecessary things. These things become deeply entrenched, and cannot be rooted out without great pain and difficulty. May God help us all!
A sin is when we are away from God. As soon as we call upon God and begin to repent, the broken connection is restored, and the sin is devoid of its power.
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.…
Christ is Risen! The Paschal season is going on, and we keep fighting for the joy and the hope that we can hear in the words “Christ is Risen!” We want to affirm this truth about God and the fact that He defeated death.
Are we doing God's will? This is the first thing we should ask ourselves as Christians. If the answer is yes, then we have peace, and we are in the Lord. Let us learn to love God by loving our neighbour.
So where has our zeal for God gone? We still see our lives revolve around Christ. We still cannot imagine our world without Him. Why have we lost the ardour?
Daniel met God, and to him, it was a life-changing moment. The Lord did not wish to make him poor or homeless. He only wanted him not to pride himself on his goodness and to follow His way.
God's love resurrects the world to eternal life. We are taking part in this resurrection because we are members of the Church. When we forget about Christ in our lives we should plead to Him: "Lord help us!”
Time flies. It is ticking away - week after week, month after month, year after year. The longer we live, and the faster it flows, the closer it brings us to the end of our earthly lives. Wise men will use this time prudently for their greatest…