Let us not lose sight of the main thing, which is the salvation of our
souls. In a paraphrase of the famous words of St Seraphim - we cannot
hope to help others, if we are not ourselves saving our own souls. In
particular, we should turn to those who, as has been revealed through
the Church, have already saved their souls. These are the saints. Let
us read their lives at this time and the Gospel and Epistles which they
Let us follow our bishops. It is true that sometimes we may not agree
with them. It is also true that we all make mistakes. Nevertheless,
our bishops have been appointed to care for us. Here obedience is the
greater virtue. For where wrong has been done, Providence will adjust
it. The Church belongs not to us, but to Christ. We are merely Her poor
The Great Fast is already approaching. That is a time of renewed prayer,
fasting and repentance. Let us remember to pray for all, those who are
near and those who are far, those who have helped us and those who have
not helped us. Brotherly and sisterly prayer for all, without exception,
will surely calm all, help others and help ourselves.
Let us recall that our task is to discern God’s Will and do it.
At Optina it was said: ‘It is not he who sees angels who is great,
but he who sees his own sins’. It is only our sins which blind
us to discerning God’s Will.
The main virtues at this present disturbed and disturbing time must
be humility, calm, peace and moderation. Let us all do our best to observe