St. Tikhon, bishop of Voronezh and Zadonsk and recluse, was a great Russian spiritual writer. He had to live during the time of the godless “enlightenment” of the eighteenth century, and he saw how the ulcer of unbelief was eating away at people’s hearts and minds. His soul ached for the world, although he had left the world. And his words were directed to the world—which means to all of us.
For many people, Great Lent is a time, let’s be honest, of difficulty and sorrow. Statistics show that every year only three to five percent of those who call themselves Orthodox Christians observe Lent, and even those don’t adhere to it strictly. Why don’t people see the joy of Lent? Wherein lies this joy? How does one who has never observed Lent begin? We spoke with Archbishop Mark (Arndt) of Berlin and Germany.