Saturday, September 16, 2017

La Croix de "Godenovo".

   L’image de la croix pure et vivifiante du Seigneur de Godenovo est un objet sacré unique, qui a près de 600 ans. Elle est conservée dans une petite église de campagne perdue au fond de la Russie, mais des milliers de gens viennent chaque jour la vénérer. En 1423, dans le marais Sakhotskoïe (actuellement dans la région d’Ivanovo), furent découverts la Croix du Seigneur et une icône de saint Nicolas.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

"Your birth Theotokos proclaimed joy throughout the ecumene...."
Homily on the Nativity of the Theotokos (Saint Luke of Simferopol).

     The vast majority of people, millions and billions of people, are common people, whom Holy Scripture calls "people of the earth" (2 Chron. 15:5). Why are they called this? Because they resemble gray grass or undergrowth. They don't have higher goals and aspirations in their lives, their minds are very superficial and only deal with living concerns, earthly goods and daily problems. But just as hills and mountains, which are covered with grass and shrubs, occasionally grow large cedars and huge oaks, so also among the people of the earth the Lord God reveals some very great people,

Saturday, September 2, 2017


Cette prière fut trouvée dans la poche d'un soldat inconnu tombé pendant La Seconde Guerre Mondiale. Cri de foi bouleversant  jailli dans l'âme d'un combattant converti pour avoir senti la présence aimante de Dieu dans la beauté du monde, cri d'espérance au seuil de la mort qui semble inéluctable.

    M'entends-tu, mon Dieu?
    Jamais de ma vie je ne t'ai parlé, mais aujourd'hui je veux te saluer.
    Tu sais que depuis ma plus tendre enfance on m'a dit que tu n'existais pas, et moi, j'étais si bête que je l'ai cru.
    Jamais je n'avais eu conscience de la beauté de ta création.
    Aujourd'hui, soudain, en voyant les profondeurs de l'immensité,
    Ce ciel étoilé au-dessus de moi, mes yeux se sont ouverts.
    Émerveillé, j'ai compris sa lumière

Saturday, August 26, 2017

A Letter of Father Archimandrite Moses of Optina
to his Cousin the Nun Maximilla.

Most honorable among nuns, dearest sister Maximilla Ivanovna,

    Be strong in the Lord!
    I was glad to receive your welcome letter in good order. I thank you most kindly for everything. Do keep writing to me, and do not make this difficult for yourself. Write to me simply, whatever you feel, and just write as you speak. You do not need to go into detail about your devotion and love for me, because I have known that for a long time.
Write to me mostly about yourself and the kind of spiritual infirmities and trials you have, so that for my part I will be able to show you sympathy for the sake of your spiritual welfare, instead of mere useless affection.
    Of course you and I, who are feeble, have no need to con­verse about great feats of asceticism and exalted virtues­ just about weaknesses and the trials of life. I was pleased with this last letter of yours-that is what they should always be like. You write to me straightforwardly and trustingly concerning your infirmity.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

On Suffering.
Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh.

"Suffering has burnt everything out of me.  

Love only has survived..."

 Priest Confessor.

Archbishop Anthony Bloom
Archbishop Anthony*: I think there are two tendencies in the modern world which are equally wrong. The one is to pretend that things do not exist which do exist because they are too painful to face; and the other one is when they come your way because you cannot avoid it, simply do away with them artificially: pain-killers, tranquillisers, anything, provided you do not face up to what is real.

    M.: In order to ease someone's agony you may administer a drug which may be ending the patient's life. How would you decide that dilemma?

    A.A.: I think you cannot impose on a man more than he can bear, and if you can, you must bring him to the most bearable limit. But, on the one hand, I think you must do all you can to avoid his losing consciousness unnecessarily, which I think is done very often because people think that if a patient is unconscious he suffers less and his death will come in an easier way which I think is wrong.