Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 356
February 15, 2023
Thank God yesterday afternoon and night in our area where the brothers live was calm. Increasingly, the electricity is not being turned off.
This morning quiet. Only in the eastern regions including Dnipro around 7:00 am there were alarms. Possible rocket raids. We are alive and thank God for everything.
Let us pray for peace in Ukraine and for the defenders of Bahmut.
The Word… “Noah.” This “Word”, which is a sign and manifestation of obedience to God, perhaps against logic, understanding and common sense.
Build, ark, ship, boat away from any body of water, river, lake? He built only because God told him: build.
In his surroundings he was certainly received as a freak, a fool only obeying the word of God. He built because God told him, build…!
Is this how to obey God?
Come, Holy Spirit!
We live in a war, we don’t live by war.
Our brother Jure from Croatia wrote to brother Sergej, custos, touching words, confirming the closeness of the Capuchin world and especially the Capuchin brothers from Croatia. Brother Jure, we thank you.
Jure’s letter below as reported by Brother Sergej Kippa, custos.
News from the brothers:
Kyiv (Br. Sergey Kippa):
From Jure Sarcevic:
Thank you brother Sergey! I am glad that at least we can do something for the suffering Ukraine. Every day I think and pray for peace, for a just peace and freedom for Ukraine. We also follow the media reports about the attack and aggression on a large country. We are afraid of how it will turn out, but we believe that Ukraine will not surrender and will liberate all its land for the good of all people.
Please pass on our prayers and greetings to the Capuchin brothers in Ukraine.
Photos of some of the moments of the distribution of aid from Croatia from Jure. (photo)
Lviv (Br. Sergey Voronyuk):
On Sunday (12.02) in the Lviv house of the Capuchin friars, the second Franciscan chess tournament took place. It was attended by 20 people of various ages from Lviv and the surrounding area. After eight rounds, the winner was Nazar Stoyanovsky (the native brother of the girls from the Lviv Franciscan Youth). He is 11 years old and scored 8 points out of a possible 8 playing with adults. Winners among adults, male and female youth, and the youngest participants of the tournament received commemorative letters and gifts. (photo)
Kyiv (Br. Sergey Kippa):
Session of regional assistants of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) in Kyiv. (photo)
Kamianske (Br. Vladislav Gmyrko):
Best wishes for your 50th birthday, Brother Lonia. Многая літа! 100 years ! (photo)
Brothers send their wishes.