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Orthodox volunteers make the world better; they light candles of faith in many, their works witness presence of God in their hearts.
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The journey to holiness is of million miles, but one who walk with distrust to himself and trust to God, will be able to wade it through.
"Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."
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A well known public figure from Crimea, Natalia Poklonskaya, openly professes her Orthodox faith in interviews when asked. She has special devotion to the Royals Martyrs.
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St John of Kronstadt explains that God stops devil's attacks when we repent:
Thy name, Lord, is Almighty, because Thou holdest not only heaven and earth, but also all mankind, the life of every man, the hearts of all in Thy Hand; and not only the life of every man, but also of every beast, bird, fish, insect, worm, reptile, and of every infusoria invisible to the eye. Glory to Thine infinite Omnipotence, Lord! Glory to Thine All-merciful, Most-wise, and All-powerful Providence! Lord of heaven and earth! Almighty Sovereign! Thou likewise holdest in Thy Hand all hell, with Satan and his innumerable hordes; and it is only by Thy permission, for our instruction and punishment, that Satan and his angels can lay their snares for us. As soon as we pray to Thee our Saviour, as soon as we unfeignedly repent before Thee of our sins, Thou, having taught us, sendest away our enemies from us, saying: " You have done enough evil to My servants; they belong to Me again."
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You must not be greatly troubled about many things, but you should care for the main thing — preparing yourself for death.

St. Ambrose of Optina
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If you wish to learn the art of doing this [cutting off human will and doing God's will], then listen. When you start to do anything you must, as far as you can, strip yourself of all wishes of your own and neither desire to do that thing nor turn away from it, until you perceive that the only thing which moves and draws you towards it is the consciousness of God’s will. If you cannot always actively perceive God moving you in all your actions, whether external or, what is more important, internal, those of your soul, then ]be content to make this perception possible: in other words, always sincerely dispose yourself to keep nothing but God’s pleasure in view. We may have real feeling of God moving us to an action either through divine enlightenment or mental illumination, in which God’s will is revealed to pure hearts in contemplation,—or through an inner divine inspiration, by some inner word — or through some other actions of divine grace, acting in a pure heart, such as life-giving warmth, unspeakable joy, leaping of the spirit, being moved to tenderness, heartfelt tears, love for God and other blessed and God-loving feelings, produced not according to our will but coming from God, not by our own action but in our passivity. All such feelings serve as assurances that what we seek to do accords with God’s will. But before all things we must address to God the warmest and purest prayer, begging Him with all diligence, once, twice and many times, to illumine our darkness and to teach us. Pray three times, say the great fathers Barsanuphius and John, and then do as your heart inclines.
Moreover you must not forget that all the decisions, formed in you as a result of the inner spiritual movements we have mentioned,
must be verified by the advice and judgment of the experienced.
Unseen Warfare
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God has power over the cold, aggressive and lifeless world we are living in - let's only not forget to come to Him in true confession of Orthodox faith, with warmth hearts and at least a tiny seed of hope. Let's cling to the faith, and not the world, success and pleasures - the world is passing away (1 Jn 2:17).
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Why do the children of this world often scoff at that which is truth, light, sweetness, our life — I mean at the Divine service of the Church, the Church-reading and singing, or at Thy saints glorified by Thee? "These speak evil of those things which they know not." "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do," and enlighten them!

My Life in Christ
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Holy relics of St Nicholas the Wonderworker - in Irkutsk. That city is famous, btw, for St Innocent of Irkutsk, who was the first bishop sent with apostolic mission to China.
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By revealing the light of the knowledge of God through the revelation of Your wonder-working image, O Theotokos, You have kindled a beacon that calls to all who seek the angelic life. Now the choirs of monastics ceaselessly sing to You:
Rejoice, O Blossom that flowered in the fullness of time.
Rejoice, for as a child You dedicated your life to God.
Rejoice, for You were raised in the Holy Temple of God.
Rejoice, for You were chosen as the Bride of God.
/ Akathist to Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God
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