10680Patriarch Alexy II urged to live the commandments and seek the truth
- Dec 30, 2008http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=5566
30 December 2008, 10:01
Patriarch Alexy II urged to live the commandments and seek the truth
in his last Christmas message written shortly before his death
Moscow, December 30, Interfax - Alexy II wished everyone peace, good
health and success in good undertakings in coming New Year in his
last Christmas greeting which he prepared, but didn't have a chance
to address his flock.
"Don't we often live as we will, leaving out the will of God and His
commandments, relying only on human strength and leaving out the
strength of God? Don't we replace our aspiration for peace and truth
with vanity that leads only to disappointing emptiness?" such
questions the Patriarch asked in his message.
He urged to remember, "The peace of Christ conquers the hostility of
this century and only having this peace in his heart, a person can
keep balance in all every day storms and bring reconciliation to
those who are near and far, transfiguring life with faith, truth,
purity and love."
Patriarch Alexy wished the peace of Christ could reach both disciples
and followers of the Savior (people of various age, nationality,
political views and social layers) "and people of other beliefs and
convictions as we build up our national life together."
"The world is troubled again. Blood is shed in many places, people
are suffering. However, we believe that the Lord will help us,
Orthodox Christians, prompt people to reconciliation, to wise and
just settlement of all disputes and discords with our good example
and action," the Patriarch further said in his message.
In conclusion, Alexy II wishes the words of St. John of Shanghai said
in 1938 came true: "Blessed you are, Russian Land, purified with the
fire of sufferings! You went through the water of baptism, now you
are going through the fire of sufferings, but one day you will reach