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We need to be purified so as to become effective instruments of God

The power of God is manifested in our powerlessness. If we give rein to our ego, Christ – the almighty power of God – cannot work. We take everything into our own hands. We are guided by our perception, by our feelings. Admittedly, we can do something, but we are like a steam locomotive, puffing, sparks flying in all directions… Yet it keeps running, though the efficiency is only 5%. We run on the same principle. What shall God do with us? He takes us as we are. However, in order to use us, God must first purify us so that we may become His effective instruments. We must be dependent on God; therefore we freely choose to become slaves of God. This is true freedom. We are free to decide at every moment, but we want to renounce this freedom time and again through a living faith for the sake of Jesus. Certainly, even the smallest act of renunciation causes us pain because it usually goes against our feelings, our logic.

Resignation of Pope Francis – Easter appeal

16 April 2017

The Byzantine Patriarchate appealed to You during Lent to consider Your resignation from office.

It has been reported recently that You have stood up for paedophile priests, child abusers, by introducing a ‘prayer not prison’ punishment scheme. The victims are shocked! Child abuse thus becomes normal and paedophiles are now free to continue the torture of children.

When a 1.5-million-strong demonstration was held last year in Rome against adoption of children by homosexuals, who are often paedophiles too, You did not support the demonstration but harshly condemned it. You thus stood in defence of deviants against innocent children and parents! Speaking phrases about healing with a caress and thus de facto promoting the adoption of children by homosexuals and paedophiles is blatant hypocrisy. In fact, You thus support the cruel juvenile justice mechanism!

Resurrection of Christ


a)     Introduction –Resurrection of Christ (5 minutes)

In spirit we can see the stone tomb on Golgotha. During Saturday night it is guarded by the Roman soldiers. The chief priests and Pharisees said to Pilate about the dead Jesus: “While He was still alive, He said: ‘After three days I will rise!’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure.” (Mt 27:63-65)

The night is silent. What happens in the spiritual sphere? After Jesus’ death His spirit descended from the Father’s hands into the place called Sheol, or Hades (Hell). In this place He broke the rule of the angel who held in captivity the spirits of the dead. The Apostles’ Creed says: Christ “descended into Hell” (Sheol). Thereafter He ascended from the world of Sheol into this temporal world. In that moment His body too, which thus far had been lying in the tomb, was raised and changed. This changed body passed through the stone tomb because it was no longer subject to physical laws.

Easter pastoral letter – 2017

Easter 2017

Christ is Risen!

Today we celebrate the day of the glorious Resurrection of Christ! This day Jesus encountered women and the apostles several times. Even you can encounter the Risen Christ today!

However, Christ’s resurrection was preceded by suffering and death.

In 2015, radical Muslims in Egypt captured several young workers, Coptic Christians. They gave them three days to decide if they would renounce Christ. When all of them refused to, they were dressed in red and marched along a beach where they were ritually beheaded with knives. The murderers themselves shot a video showing the martyrs kneeling on the beach handcuffed, some of them moving their lips and whispering the name of Jesus, facing the cruel death with peace in their faces. Then they entered into death with Christ and saw Him face to face. They already experienced an encounter with Jesus risen and glorified. The wife of one of the young martyrs did not learn of her husband’s death until after she saw the video. She lived through the last moments before his death as well as his very death with her whole being. When interviewed by reporters afterwards, she said: “A few days before they were captured, my husband spoke to me by phone about our two-year-old son. He sensed that death was near. He emphasized several times that I should bring up our son in the faith in Christ! That’s the most important thing, he said. Then there were no more phone calls from him. I was tormented by suspicions that something happened to him. When the murderers released the video, I was waiting with tension to see if he was among the martyrs. I saw him there; he was moving his lips and whispering the name of Jesus. And then he was brutally killed. I am proud of my husband – he remained faithful to Jesus! When our son grows up, I will tell him that his dad is a martyr for Christ, that he is in heaven and is waiting for us there. We shall meet Jesus and meet together in eternal glory!”

Spiritual mobilization for Trump /Part 6 – Easter/

April 13, 2017

The Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate has called for spiritual mobilization of all US Christians and people of good will until May 1, 2017. The basis is prayer from 8 to 9 p.m., everyone in the place where he is. Zealous prayer fighters have chosen one more hour of prayer daily. Jesus promised: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” (Joh 16:23) In this Holy Week, the Christian world commemorates and lives through the passion of Christ and the death of Christ on Good Friday! But then also the glorious resurrection of Christ on the third day! Without true repentance, Christ’s death and His resurrection will help neither the individual nor the nation.

The US must repent and truthfully admit its guilt in the crimes against itself as well as against other nations. Then the power of Christ’s death will touch the heart of the US, and Christ’s resurrection will restore the order of truth and justice! Otherwise the US is at the risk of perpetrating its own self-destruction.

To accept in faith everything God allows in our life

What should our attitude be toward God, His providence and the mystery of sin in the world, in us and in the Church? Again, we need to humble ourselves. When Job complained, God said to him: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?” Our understanding is very limited! We must not complain but rather accept with humility and in faith everything that God allows in our life. Then God will give us the light and reveal to us the mysteries of good and evil one after another both in our life – i.e. in practice – and in the Holy Scripture, and through our humility and surrender (love) He Himself will teach us and open our eyes.

From Gethsemane to Golgotha (Way of the Cross)

a) 5 minutes – Introduction

Jesus is arrested: The apostle-traitor brought soldiers and temple guards with torches into Gethsemane. He came near to Jesus and gave Him a traitorous kiss. And the soldiers seized Jesus.

Jesus before Annas: They brought Him to the high priest Annas. He questioned Jesus about many things. One of the guards struck Jesus in the face.

Jesus before Caiaphas: When they had bound Him, Annas sent Jesus to the high priest Caiaphas. Caiaphas said: I put You under oath by the living God, tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus replied: You have said so.” The high priest tore his clothes and said: “He has uttered blasphemy!” The crowd began to shout: He deserves death!” Then they started to spit in Jesus’ face and strike Him on the head.

Last Supper and Gethsemane (reflection)

Last Supper


a) 5 minutes – Introduction

On Thursday evening Jesus celebrates the Last Supper with His apostles. The Passover is connected with the sacrificing of the lamb and with the Passover meal. This festival commemorates the passing over of Israel from the slavery of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Jesus came to deliver mankind from the slavery of sin and the devil.

At the beginning, Jesus washed the apostles’ feet. Thus He gave them the example of humility and love. Thereafter, He warns them against the spirit of betrayal, behind which is the devil.

Then Jesus speaks about love: No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s brethren.”

He also speaks about the Holy Spirit: I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth.

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“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Eph 2:8-9 (21/5/17 – 4/6/2017)