OCA.org - February 20, 2015
There are those who would overcome the world with weapons of violence, but this is not our way.
There are those who cling to death and to sin in order to bring about more death and more evil, but this is not our way.
There are those who blame religion for tragedies such as the one we mourn today, but they are blind to the reality that true believers become such only when their hearts are purified of sin and their lives filled with the light of the Resurrection.
Let us, who stand fast in our faith in Christ and His eternal victory, remember that He alone has trampled on death by His own voluntary death.
Let us, who are filled with the hope of the resurrection, give glory to God for the martyric witness of the 21 souls who now witness to this victory.
And let us, who each struggle in our own way to remain faithful to God, give example in our own lives of those things which we hold dear—Peace, rather than violence; love, rather than hate; and forgiveness, rather than revenge.
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AXIOS! Metropolitan Tikhon!