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The way of holiness is the way of purification

Post date:   2017-08-18
Autor:   BCP
The way of holiness is the way of purification. We need to be healed by Jesus, little by little, of all kinds of wounds or bad habits. This mostly concerns our soul. Suffering is usually spiritual rather than physical, but the various sufferings lead to deliverance and healing. We suffer, for example, when we face the truth about ourselves, our neighbours and the world. It is so simple and yet so disguised. In essence, we need to begin to live the Gospel to the full.



Word of Life – 2Th 2:9-10 (13/8/17 – 27/8/2017)

Post date:   2017-08-12
Autor:   BCP
Word of Life – 2Th 2:9-10 (13/8/17 – 27/8/2017)



Reflection on 2Th 2:9-10

Post date:   2017-08-12
Autor:   BCP
The Word of God speaks of the coming of the antichrist, who will come with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish. Today, we can see that this spirit of antichrist, the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, has manipulated almost the whole Christian world, i.e. the Christian nations. Within several years, this rapid apostasy which took place above all after the Second Vatican Council, has grown in intensity. God alone can stop this process in a miraculous way, or turn it into spiritual resurrection. However, this will not be possible without suffering, prayer and a living faith; and we can add: and without bloody or bloodless martyrdom.



Patriarch Elijah’s message on the feast of the Transfiguration

Post date:   2017-08-06
Autor:   BCP
Three disciples, Peter, James and John, were witnesses of Jesus’ transfiguration on Mount Tabor in Galilee. The light of Jesus’ Divinity shone on them. It was a great experience for them. You think to yourself: If I had a vision, my faith would deepen. But we can see what an impact that vision had on the apostles. After a few days these three disciples were on the Mount of Olives in the Garden of Gethsemane and instead of praying with Jesus and staying with Him in His abandonment, they were sleeping. After His transfiguration, Jesus says to the apostles about His suffering and resurrection. He said to them so many times that He would rise from the dead but practically they did not believe in that, not even when it happened. How strong our corrupt nature is!



Self-humiliation and little sacrifices

Post date:   2017-08-04
Autor:   BCP
The first form of love is constant self-humiliation. But you need not fabricate anything. You only need to accept the truth! If you feel bitterness towards your neighbour, remember his good qualities and his good deeds, and on the other hand your bad qualities and evil done in the past, and humble yourself before him in spirit and see Jesus in him. And God will then give you the light and fill your heart with love for this person.



Reflection on Col 2:12

Post date:   2017-07-29
Autor:   BCP
In the mystery of baptism, the work of Jesus’ death for our sake is accomplished on His part. We have been baptized into this reality. On our part, however, we must begin to live our own baptism, to actualize it. It means that when we unite by faith with the power of Christ’s death in relation to our corrupt nature, or in other words we actualize our baptism, at that moment we die together with Christ to our selfishness, our egocentrism, our pleasures and passions which enslave us and lead us away from salvation. We cannot do so by our own strength but only by faith in the power of Jesus’ death. This power of God, which works in us, is called the working of the Holy Spirit, or God’s grace.



Word of Life – Col 2:12 (30/7/17 – 13/8/2017)

Post date:   2017-07-29
Autor:   BCP
Word of Life – Col 2:12 (30/7/17 – 13/8/2017)



The putting off of the old self and the putting on of the new self begins in our mind

Post date:   2017-07-26
Autor:   BCP
The process of putting off the old self and putting on the new self begins in our mind! Human nature, without respecting the law of the Gospel, reacts in the same way in essence: envy towards others, rivalry, envy when someone has something better, when someone has spiritual gifts, or even when someone carries a cross, and on the other hand self-pity and sulkiness (both before God and people). This all takes the subtlest forms, but it is in essence our “self” which refuses to humble itself, to live in uncertainty, to obey God and to submit to Him.



What to do to let brotherly love abound

Post date:   2017-07-22
Autor:   BCP
To love means – to humble ourselves again and again, to accept our brother just as he is. His old self exploits us, is jealous of us, enslaves us. But the fact is that we are bound by the same bonds – chains, the only difference being that we easily see it in others but not in ourselves. This is humility: the faults and bad habits of my brother should be like a mirror to me. The old self is essentially the same in everyone, it only has different shades. I need to look at my brother by faith, i.e. to be aware that Jesus is in him, though hungry, thirsty and in prison. But the same is true about me. Jesus is in me too, hungry, thirsty and in prison. One can speak of a law of love which leads to healing and liberation.



Sow in faith

Post date:   2017-07-18
Autor:   BCP
The time you spend in the place where you are is predestined by God and will never return. What you sow in faith, you and others will reap once. Sow in faith, even if you do not see any results. Sow every day by accepting the situations you face rather than by being dispirited or overwhelmed by them. Accept them in faith and in union with Jesus – learn to abide with Him!  



Reflection on Col 1:27

Post date:   2017-07-16
Autor:   BCP
In verse 27, the Apostle points out a mystery. We ask what this mystery among the Gentiles is. It is the mystery concerning us who often live among non-believers. The mystery is this: Christ is among us and in us at the same time. In verse 29, the Apostle Paul says: “I strive according to His working which works in me mightily.” He thus points out that Jesus is in him. But Jesus is in us, too, and we have to know about this might of God. We have to rely on His might in our struggle with original sin which is in us, as well as in our struggle with the system of the world which boycotts divine truths concerning our salvation and in our struggle with the spirit of lies and evil which works through this system of the world and has a direct impact on our thoughts and feelings. So it is an ideological and spiritual fight.



Word of Life – Col 1:27 (16/7/17 – 30/7/2017)

Post date:   2017-07-15
Autor:   BCP
Word of Life – Col 1:27 (16/7/17 – 30/7/2017)



An attack on a contemplative monastery with Molotov cocktails /An open letter to the President of Ukraine P. Poroshenko/

Post date:   2017-07-14
Autor:   Contemplative sisters
Dear Mr President, we hereby address You with a request for help and protection of our monastery in Lvov-Bryukhovychi since the lives of our Sisters are repeatedly in danger! On 13 July 2017, at 23:30, there was an attack on our monastery. An unknown group of men threw Molotov cocktails at the windows. There were 30 religious sisters and 5 guests sleeping inside. Only by a miracle of God there was no catastrophe and the monastery was not turned into a mass grave.



On the Day of Judgment our prayers will become manifest

Post date:   2017-07-08
Autor:   BCP
We should pray in such way as to pull down the strongholds of the forces of darkness and to lift up the mountains of demons in our territory, so that the Holy Spirit may descend, God may show His power, send His blessing, the kingdom of God may come into human souls, and a spiritual breakthrough and change may take place. When and how shall it come?! Let us leave it to the Lord; what we need to do is stand in faith and not doubt in prayer. Then on the Day of Judgment our prayers will become manifest – it will be revealed how we prayed.



Reflection on Eph 6:11-12

Post date:   2017-07-01
Autor:   BCP
It is said that we should put on the whole armour of God. So not only part of it, but the whole armour. And it is said that it must be the armour of God, and not of man. Why should we put it on? That we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. And what does the devil, the spirit of lies, wile us into? Into doing evil under the guise of good, or into promoting lies through a sophisticated mosaic of partial truths. So we need the armour of God, for we do not wrestle against human enemies but against principalities, against spiritual powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. It is a spiritual battle.



Word of Life – Eph 6:11-12 (2/7/17 – 16/7/2017)

Post date:   2017-07-01
Autor:   BCP
Word of Life – Eph 6:11-12 (2/7/17 – 16/7/2017)



The obedience of faith

Post date:   2017-06-26
Autor:   BCP
What did the Prophet Elijah say when the fire of the Lord fell on Mount Carmel and consumed the burnt sacrifice? “I have done all these things at Your word.” Nothing more and nothing less. But we often want to add something, because we like it that way, or on the other hand we think that something is extreme. However, God wants us to learn obedience through small things; He teaches us to walk in the Spirit, to follow Christ. Jesus says: “Follow Me.” (Lk 5:27), and He also says: “Father, My food is to do Your will.”



Let us act in the authority of God

Post date:   2017-06-20
Autor:   BCP
The greatest power is the almighty power of God. By His almighty power God created the whole universe out of nothing – millions of stars, our Earth... By the almighty power of God Christ was raised from death. And He gives us a share in this power; He gives us His authority – “in My name”.



Reflection on Eph 5:15-16

Post date:   2017-06-17
Autor:   BCP
We must be careful, every one of us. Careful about whom? About ourselves. And about what? About how we live. And why? Because we should live not as unwise but as wise. So what should we do? Redeem the time, because the days are evil. What does it mean to redeem the time? Not to walk after vanities which pass away but to do our best in time to store spiritual treasures which thieves will not steal and rust will not destroy.



Word of Life – Eph 5:15-16 (18/6/17 – 2/7/2017)

Post date:   2017-06-17
Autor:   BCP
Word of Life – Eph 5:15-16 (18/6/17 – 2/7/2017)