Sometimes, we find ourselves in situations of choice, but we cannot get ourselves to decide because doing so would force us to re-evaluate past lives and admit our mistakes. Recognising our wrongs is not simple. Yet the Gospel teaches us that nothing impure will ever enter the kingdom of heaven, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful (Revelation 21: 27). These words show the reality of our lives. It is as if God is asking us, “Do you trust in Me? Do you believe that I have enough depth to bring change? If yes, trust in me. If not, keep looking for excuses (which many of us do!).”
How do we balance our life in eternity with the daily tasks of our finite life on earth? How can we carry on with our works on earth and still remember for Whom we are doing it? We do not exist solely to achieve some worldly goals; we live to please God! But what does pleasing God mean for us? It means to be His servants; to do His will; to wish and act in the same way as He would. It means being thankful to God for our accomplishments and not be proud of them. Thank the Lord and follow His way.
Priest Valery Zakharov
Our earthly life is getting less and less varied. The life of a Christian seems weird to outside observers in pursuit of large-scale events and effects. The outer life of a Christian is much quieter and simpler.
We have two windows on the world - our minds and our hearts. Our eyes and ears tend to see or hear what we want them to. Therefore, we are all learning to pray so we can connect our minds with our hearts.
To grow up spiritually is to develop the habit of spiritual life. You start small but practise every day. We all took the Holy Communion today. To remain with Christ, we must all take communion at every Liturgy.
Our pleasures in this world are finite, shallow and illusory. They can bring us the sensation of momentary happiness, but to agree to spend the whole eternity in this state of self-deception would be sheer madness.
When in difficulty, but we think that it is beyond our control and the result of our bad luck. It never occurs to us to look into our hearts and seek to re-establish our unity with God. By reuniting with God and sensing His closeness, we can…
There are two agendas to our lives. One comprises the things of this world, the other relates to our riches in heaven. It is a formidable challenge to pursue both at the same time.
The Feast of the Ascension is past us, and the day the Holy Trinity is fast approaching. With the Lord, we have the plenitude of life, wherever we find ourselves - in a hospital ward, in a prison jail or in any other inhospitable location.
The enemy is working hard to divert us from our narrow path of salvation; he wants us to lose sight of our homeland in heaven and follow fake leaders in pursuit of a false cause. We plead for the Lord’s help all the time. We need Him every step…