Wherever you look in these present times, one is confronted with an overarching sense of impending darkness, a feeling of dread and a sense of hopelessness amidst seemingly insurmountable challenges — challenges that afflict body, soul and spirit. Challenges that seep down to the very essence of what it means to be, and to live as an Orthodox Christian in this present reality. So how do we navigate these uncharted waters?
First, we must understand that nothing that is happening is by accident.
How do we endure, and how can we thrive in such trying and difficult times? First, we must understand that nothing that is happening is by accident. Our task is not to ask “Why are these things occurring?” but rather, “Where can I go to learn how to engage in the fight?” Where can I learn to conduct a determined battle for my soul, and for the souls of my loved ones?”
It is to unseen warfare that we are called, to the very real but oft hidden from human sight battle. We are called to wage a holy and sacred war through our prayers, fasting and acts of mercy. For indeed there are many things that we cannot control in this world, but there is one thing that we can: the condition of our souls, our actions of humility and love on our journey to salvation.
A few curated selections to assist us in our ascetic struggle:
“What mourning my husband and son taught me about the fear of death.”
“We buried my baby in a wooden box in the crook of the arm of his father. My husband was thirty-seven and had died in a car accident coming home from his work as an Orthodox priest in a sudden snow storm on a Sunday afternoon in March.”