risu.org.ua - There is a difference between peace and truce. The truce is a nonaggression pact. But this is not the desired solution. To achieve peace, both sides involved should strive for it. It cannot be so that one side wanted peace, and the other did the service: “Well, you are not going to attack.” This is only a truce. There will be no peace if only one side wants it.”

His Beatitude Liubomyr, Archbishop Emeritus of the UGCC, said it in an interview with internet portal “Ogliadach,” asked whether Ukraine is to accept disadvantageous peace.

In addition, the hierarch noted that from a historical perspective it seemed difficult to hope that one day Russia would overcome its imperial complex. “But I think that sooner or later Russia would realize: it is either war or peace. And if it is war, it will be equally horrible for everyone,” said the spiritual leader of the UGCC.

His Beatitude Liubomyr says that the reasonable solution is the peace, “which will ensure calm in Europe, especially in its East,” but adds: Russia does not seem really ready for that.

“I am looking at the history. There were Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, the Soviet system. This system is still alive. Look further into the past. Russia was never quiet. This is too bad, because the war will be an unhappy solution for Russian people. Imperial ambitions will not bring this country anything,” he said and added: “May God let the Russian state leaders realize that only sincere, true peace can be useful to their people. This is what I dream about.” It was reported by the Information Department of the UGCC.


Teachings of Christ

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

Resurrection

Christ is risen from the dead * trampling down Death by death, * and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

Random Proverb

"He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself." (Proverbs 6:32 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

While the Bridegroom tarried, they slumbered and slept: Give ear, ye prudent, to our Lord's parable, for it is all light. All of them slept, both the foolish and the wise -- Which signifies that the good and the wicked die until the resurrection. The same sleep comes upon the ten of them, which is as much as to say, That death is the same for all creation without distinction. One was the sleep of the wise and of the foolish, For one is death, both of the righteous and of sinners. The good die, as the wise virgins slept; And the bad die, as the foolish also slept. Behold, all creation looketh for the coming of the Bridegroom, Christ, Who cometh at the end with His angels. But since He hath tarried, all generations slumber and sleep with the sleep of death, while looking for when He cometh.

A Homily on the Ten Virgins by Mar Jacob, Bishop of Serugh