Deisis (Novogorod)

Head of Church during the meeting with superiors of monastic orders of UGCC: “UGCC Monasticism is young and dynamic”

ugcc.org.ua - This year has not been easy, since it is another year of war. However, it was a year of a dynamic development of our Church. Monasticism reacts quickly to challenges our Church is facing today. It guides our Church in a spiritual way.

The Head and Father of UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav said 22 of December during an annual meeting with superiors and provincial superiors of monastic orders of UGCC.

According to Major Archbishop, development of the Church is impossible without spiritual guidance and spiritual growth. “Monasticism is a strength of our Church, lugs with what it breathes. Monks ought to say their word about a development of our Church, especially when it comes to mission challenges”. So, the participants of the meeting were discussing the development of UGCC in Central, South and East Ukraine in terms of evangelization and supporting those who suffer from war. “God will bless us as our monasticism is young and dynamic”. His Beatitude Sviatoslav said.

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Teachings of Christ

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

If God is slow in answering your request, and you ask but do not promptly receive anything, do not be upset, for you are not wiser than God. When you remain as you were before, without anything happening, it is either because your behaviour is not worthy of your request, or because the paths in which your heart was travelling were far removed from the aim of your prayer, or because your interior condition is far too childish, when compared with the magnitude of the thing for which you have asked.

St. Isaac of Nineveh [Syria], The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life.