In one moment, St. Mary showed us all what it means, to go from living a life like an animal…constantly allowing our passions and desires to get the best of us…to becoming a true Human Being.
“…And only then, with great difficulty it began to dawn on me, and I began to understand the reason why I was prevented from being admitted to see the life-giving Cross. The word of salvation gently touched the eyes of my heart and revealed to me that it was my unclean life which barred the entrance to me. I began to weep and lament and beat my breast, and to sigh from the depths of my heart.”
“…LENT IS HARD! Denying yourself and trying to live a life like Christ…is HARD! A wise monk recently told me something that I pray rings true for everyone here this morning. He said: “I never understand why they call it “Great Lent”, because I have never met a sincere Orthodox Christian who has ever had a “Great” Lent.”
On Saturday, March 23rd, the Pan Orthodox Community of Genesee County gathered together at St. Mary Magdalene for a Lenten Retreat, led by Abbot Archimandrite Sergius of St. Tikhon’s Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. The retreat topic was “Acquiring the Mind of Christ”, speaking about the importance of prayer in the spiritual lives of the Christian Faithful.