Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 334
January 24, 2023
In our region last morning and day were calm. Kharkiv and other regions have been shelled by missiles. There are casualties. Alarms in the Dnipro. In Dnipro, trolley and trolleybuses traffic is suspended due to shortages of electric power.
The Word… “You did not want a blood sacrifice or the fetuses of the earth, but you opened my ears.”
What’s the use of a word when a person can’t hear, has a closed ear. Hence the gift of an open ear that hears the Word… I love you… You are a child of God, God loves you. Through this listening you enter into a close relationship with God and others who love you.
“For whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me,” says Jesus in today’s Word.
We live in war, we don’t live by war.
Maranatha Community meeting. There were about 40 of us. (photo)
Invitation to catechesis for adults and youth. (photo)
Our volunteers, Marcin, Krzysztof and Arkadiusz happily returned from their trip to the East and South. We thank them. They are returning to their families, to Poland. God bless you all.
News from the brothers:
Kyiv (Br. Sergey Kippa):
Adaś takes a generator from Zhytomyr for the Kyiv monastery. Thanks to our benefactors! We thank our bishops!
Thank you Fr. Mateusz A. for helping us to arrange the generator! (photo)
Lviv (Br. Sergiej Voroniuk):
The Interim National Council of Franciscan Youth organized a winter retreat of MF Greccio. More than 60 people from various communities in Ukraine took part. I would like to thank Brother Viktor, the assistant of the MF community from Kyiv, for his help in leading the retreat. Also to Sister Olga from Krasyliv, who came with the young people and served us with her testimony and presence! (photo)
This time the retreat was held at the Pilgrim House in Briukhovychi near Lviv. We thank the Benefactors, thanks to whom we were able to have the retreat in such a comfortable city at an affordable price for the youth.
Responsible for leading the retreat from the Franciscan Friars OFMConv and the Capuchin Friars OFMCap were the national spiritual assistants—Br. Pavel Odoy and Br. Sergiy Voroniuk.