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

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Random Proverb

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

It is a fearful thing to hate whom God has loved. To look upon another – his weaknesses, his sins, his faults, his defects – is to look upon one who is suffering. He is suffering from negative passions, from the same sinful human corruption from which you yourself suffer. This is very important: do not look upon him with the judgmental eyes of comparison, noting the sins you assume you’d never commit. Rather, see him as a fellow sufferer, a fellow human being who is in need of the very healing of which you are in need. Help him, love him, pray for him, do unto him as you would have him do unto you.

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk