The “Louis Quarter” is a staffed community residence for the disabled in Penza. We talked with Maria Lvova-Belova on how it managed to become a landmark of the city, which Louis it is named for, and how not to lose heart in seemingly hopeless situations.
These parents of nine children have gained very interesting experience by comparing the attitudes of society towards large families in different parts of Russia. According to them, external hardships helped them make a truly strong family.
Within the framework of a charitable event led by the faithful of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, more than 150 children with disabilities or from families of persons with disabilities received gifts in celebration of Children’s Day, celebrated on June 1.
I know, therefore, what the answer to the question “Daddy, do you love me more than God?”—a question with which many Christian parents are likely familiar—ought to be; though whether I, in my weakness, live accordingly is an entirely separate matter.
Children do an invaluable favor to their parents by helping them see their own sins. It is very difficult to look into your soul and understand your sins. But as you look at your children, you see that their faults are your faults.
The services were held with the blessing of His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia. The organizational work was undertaken by the Society of Chokhonetsev of Georgia, founded by the Georgian Patriarchate with the purpose of strengthening the institution of the traditional family.
I still keep this joy in my soul. Can you answer me, where did it fall on me (like a bolt from the blue) from?! I believe God gave it to me then as a deposit so that I would not lose heart. And He can give it to anyone. All we need to do is ask: ‘I am yours, O Lord! Please, never abandon me. I want to rejoice in You and don’t need anything else!’
Although the author of this article lives in a country that celebrates “International Women’s Day” in March, it is also apropos to the American tradition of Mother’s Day, celebrated in May. This year the Sunday of the Myrrbearers coincides with Mother’s Day, and we wish our readers who are mothers a happy one.