This has been such a tough year – not only for so many of us, but for the world as a whole. Like never before, I long for Christ to come and turn this dust we are made of into Divine Flesh once again. The Nativity Fast never felt so difficult for me, I went through it with such a heavy heart. Everywhere you look, you see war and terror, bombings, torture, extremism of all sorts.
This is why, for over a month now, I have not posted anything on the website, nor have I recorded any new podcasts for Ancient Faith Radio. I apologise for that. I needed to wait until I could see something bright again, something beautiful and full of love in the world.
I was wrong, of course, as I often am. I was wrong because I focused on our dust, instead of looking up to Christ, instead of lifting up my heart to the only Spring of beauty, the only Source of love.
Now, Christmas is almost here. Christ will descend again upon the world, and the world will once again open up to His presence. Deep down, the earth changes. Deep down, we all change. I have never longed for Him as I do now. I have never felt as thirsty for His presence as I am now. The world itself never felt so dry and empty and lost without Him.
Thank you all for being close to me and the Monastery this year. I pray for you. I pray for all of us. May Christ’s Incarnation bless us all. May His Birth change the world into a place of salvation – for you, for us, for the generations to come.