How does purification work?

In this video from Ascension Present’s YouTube channel, Fr. Mike Schmitz explains how God purifies us, what types of purification are there and what part do we play in this process. I invite you to check it out and let me know your opinions about it in the comment section.

Fr. Mike Schmitz – How does purification work?

Blessed Pascha (Orthodox Easter), 2022!

The Orthodox Churches that follow the Julian calendar (the Orthodox churches of Constantinople, Albania, Alexandria, Antioch, Bulgaria, Japan, Cyprus, Greece, America, and Romania) celebrate Easter (Pascha) today, on April 24th, 2022.

If you are interested in finding out more about the holiday, here are some articles from the previous years: 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Easter (Pascha) is a celebration of the resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, The Son of God, The Second Person of The Holy Trinity.

He is risen!

I wish you a joyous Easter celebration and a blessed year ahead!

And I leave you with this video on how Romanians celebrate Easter:

R&R Partners Bucharest – Orthodox Easter in Romania

Orchids and God’s sense of humor

In the following video, Fr. Mark Goring talks about how God’s sense of humor can be seen in the various shapes of His creation, a particular example being the different types of orchid flowers:

Orchids – The is a God – He has a sense of humor – Fr. Mark Goring

I invite you to watch the video, check out Fr. Goring’s YouTube channel and watch his other online videos for more interesting Catholic content.

See yourself as Jesus sees you

I invite you to watch this video from Ascension Presents’ YouTube channel. In it, Fr. Mark Toups, an experienced spiritual director, leads readers inward to invite the Lord to heal those areas where they need it most.

You are invited to imagine what it would be like if you could see yourself the way Jesus sees you. Even in the midst of our sins, struggles, and failures, Jesus looks upon us with love as His Beloved. All He asks for us is to meet His gaze and fall in love with Him in return.

Turn toward Jesus and let’s allow ourselves to be fully seen by Him no matter where we find ourselves in life. Be not afraid of standing before Jesus unhidden and allow God to clearly see and completely love you. God wants to give you more.

See yourself as Jesus sees you – Fr. Mark Toups

Merry Christmas, 2021

It’s that time of the year when we celebrate the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that time of the year when, if God wills it, we spend quality time with family and/or friends, that time of the year when we try our best to show kindness and love to our brethren. It is Christmas.

We live troubled times, but we should not lose hope. I hope you had a decent or at least manageable year, and I wish you a Merry Christmas! May God bless us, everyone!

What is God’s Will for my life?

“What is God’s Will for my life?” is a question Christians have been wrestling with for centuries. Every Christian who wants to live a life pleasing to God has wondered what God wants him or her to do throughout every stage of his or her life.

Because it is a question I’m still trying to find answers for, I’ve sought online the wisdom of various people from different Christian denominations, and I now want to share with you a few videos in which clergymen try to offer guidance on this topic.

Let’s start with Orthodox Christianity.

The first video is of Fr. Andrew Smith from The Holy Annunciation Church:

God’s Will for Your Life – A Sermon at Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, Brisbane

Following are two videos from a sermon of Fr. John Vass from The Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church:

Orthodox Sermon – What is God’s Will (Part 1)
Orthodox Sermon – What is God’s Will? (Part 2)

Let’s move on to the Coptic Church. In the following video, Fr. Anthony Messeh from The St. Mary and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church speaks about the topic in a conference:

Fr. Anthony Messeh – What is God’s Will for My Life?

From the Catholic Church, I have chosen the following two videos. The first one is a short clip of Fr. Mike Schmitz, who sums up how to never miss God’s Will for your life, as a Catholic:

Fr. Mike Schmitz: “How To Never Miss God’s Will For Your Life” | SEEK2015

The second Catholic video is one of Sister Maris Stella of The Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. She talks about how to discern God’s plan for your life.

Discerning God’s Plan For Your Life

And finally, I’ve chosen 2 videos from Protestant & Evangelical Christianity. The first one is of Pastor John Piper. He lists a series of steps about how to find God’s Will for your life, as an Evangelical Christian.

Desiring God – John Piper – How Do I Find God’s Will for My Life?

And I will close this article with a video on the same topic from the popular Protestant website GotQuestions.org:

How can I know God’s will for my life?

Let me know what if you found any of these videos helpful in the comments. Also, I invite you to share your thoughts on the topic of finding God’s Will for your life, what are your ways of seeking it, and anything else you’d like to share on the subject.

A brief explanation of Christianity (the Christian religion)

In this short video I tried to present a brief explanation of Christianity (the Christian religion) in as few words as I could.

Christianity summarized explanation

Would you say that the information I presented is correct? Share your thoughts and feel free to add any information you consider I missed in this explanation of Christianity.

Share The Struggle – online mentorship platform

I recently came across this video on TikTok:

@dudewithgoodnews

Is God calling You to change a life? God loves using “ordinary people” #Jesus CAN use YOUR #story

♬ original sound – Dude with Good News

As their About Us page mentions, ShareTheStruggle.org is an independent Christian project created with the goal of helping struggling young people in their native digital landscape to provide hope and healing through Christ-centered mentorship.

I invite you to visit the website and read more about how you can get involved as a mentor (if you are a Christian and over 23 years old). You can also find several interesting articles about overcoming various struggles on their blog.

If you are unable to or don’t want to be a mentor, but still want to give a helping hand, sharing the link on social media in order to increase the project’s visibility is appreciated.

He will finish what He started

Today, I came across this video that lifted my spirit while I was demoralized as a result of the spiritual attacks I’ve had to deal with lately.

It’s a video from Rabbi Kirt Schneider’s YouTube channel, a channel that I invite you to subscribe to if you are interesting in exploring Messianic Judaism. He also has a website where you can find out more about his ministry and how you can support it.

Rabbi Schneider – He (God) will finish what He started

The video expands on the apostle Paul’s statement from Philippians 1:3-6 —

3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In every prayer for all of you, I always pray with joy, 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

The Bible – Phillipians 1:3-6

Let me know if you’ve found encouragement in this message. Feel free to share in the comments section below your views about Rabbi Schneider’s teachings, but please make sure you do so in a respectful manner.

Blessed Pascha, 2021!

My life has had a lot of ups and downs over the past half a year or so. I currently feel exhausted, and I don’t think I have the right mental state to write a detailed article or to even gather information from the internet and mix it into an article about Orthodox Easter.

I invite you to read about the holiday in the previous years’ articles (2019 and 2020), and I wish you a blessed Orthodox Easter (Pascha), filled with joy for Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and with gratitude for everything He has done for us.

Christ is risen!

The Holy Light from Jerusalem, 2021