New Valaam Monastery in Heinävesi, Finland was awarded the “Sprout of Responsibility” honorary prize from the Finnish branch of the Forest Stewardship Council this year for its merits in ecological, social, and efficient forest management.
Holy Orthodoxy continues to grow and spread in the Dominican Republic. On Saturday, December 19, the feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia was solemnly consecrated.
Good and great deeds have no value in the eyes of God without humility. An ordinary but humble person, the head of a family, had incomparably greater boldness towards God than the priest who was considered to be more pious, more active and holier than his parishioners.
“What a sad sight!” Met. Luke laments. “On the one hand, captured churches, beaten people, altars and Holy Gifts thrown into the mud on the street, and on the other hand, comely elders smiling sweetly and talking about the universal love of God and the need for unity and spiritual peace. What is this? Is it cunning, or unwillingness to know the truth? Or is it a betrayal, clothed in the robes of obedience?”