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Sunday, 19 March 2017

19 March 2017. Patriarch Kirill: “Anyone Can Become a Saint!”

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I chose the illustration of the blacksmith for a reason. I find that many middle-class people (properly speaking, not working-class people with pretensions) believe that only they can achieve holiness. Interestingly enough, most saints were either aristocrats or peasants, with very few from the middle-class… the merchants and “professionals” were all-too-often fixated on money and position. Have a care with middle-class people… too many obsess on money and position. However, pray for them, as they have the most obstacles in the spiritual life. The rich and titled know that money and position aren’t what they’re cracked up to be and the working-class knows that they’re not going to get money and position. However, the middle-class is tempted the most by such… they’re almost hag-ridden by it in most cases. They’re the most hobbled in the spiritual life… so, don’t forget to pray for them, they need it most of all.

BMD

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

15 March 2017. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… The Future of the EU

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EU member-states are gradually coming to the idea that any future union wouldn’t be a monolithic organisation, with all members equally integrated into one common European space. The ending of the latest EU summit showed that although most European leaders aren’t pleased with the distinction, almost all understand that the only possible future EU is “a Europe on different levels” or “a variable-geometry Europe”. Behind those beautiful expressions is a simple principle… each EU country would determine how far each country integrates into the larger community, with participation or non-participation in any EU programme or entity based on how far it coincides with their particular national interests.

14 March 2017

Vitaly Podvitsky Masterskaya Karikatury

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

11 March 2017. What Is At the Centre of Christianity? S I Fudel Tells You…

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No educated Russian needs an introduction to S I Fudel. He spent a good deal of his life in the camps… but had no bitterness or hate. He wrote:

My life wasn’t an endless series of misfortunes and mishaps; it granted me the chance to bear the Cross for Christ’s sake. In a sense, I died in infertility. Nevertheless, in a strange way, it gave me gratitude for life and, more surprisingly, gave me the hope of forgiveness.

The priest in the photo is the famous Mitred Archpriest N V Balashov, the real tsar of the MP OVTsS (Department of External Church Relations… he’s Alfeyev‘s minder and everyone knows it).

BMD

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

8 March 2017. Finding of the Relics of St Matrona the Blessed of Moscow

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The wonder-working power of Matrona of Moscow was directly due to her suffering, to the endurance of her anguish as she bore her salvific and life-giving cross. May the Lord help us all; call upon the Holy Righteous Matrona, ask for her aid in solving your life’s problems. At the same time, ask her to fill your heart and your mind with the power of her example, with the understanding of what it means for you to carry the cross that God imposes on you.

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias

On 8 March 1998, Patriarch Aleksei Ridiger of Moscow and all the Russias authorised the uncovering of the relics of St Matrona Nikonova the Blessed of Moscow. This is the second holy day for this saint (the other is on 2 May, the date of her death). Today, her relics are in the Pokrovsky Stavropegic Convent in Moscow… one can venerate them every day from 07.00 until 20.00… on Sunday, the relics open for veneration at 06.00. Thousands of people daily come to Matrona to venerate her relics. Easily, she’s one of the most “popular” saints in Moscow. The fact that International Women’s Day and this holy day of St Matrona coincide is a coincidence, but a happy one.

BMD

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