Christ my Lord, the Giver of light and wisdom, who opened the eyes of the blind man and transformed the fishermen into wise heralds and teachers of the gospel through the coming of the Holy Spirit, shine also in my mind the light of the grace of the Holy Spirit. Grant me discernment, understanding and wisdom in learning. Enable me to complete my assignments and to abound in every good work, for to You I give honor and glory. Amen.
All of us, have doubts sometimes. There are times that we see misery and pain around us and there we think “what if God dosn’t really exist?”.
When I personally have doubts about God (yes, there are moments like that!) I try to pray as much as I can. I am talking with my spiritual father in the Mystery of Confession. And always, always… every single doubt goes away! And remember that honest doubt can play an important role in increasing our faith! True faith rarely comes without questions and a sincere search and longing for truth.
Don’t stop praying in times of doubt: keep praying always-even if you don’t feel like praying, read the Bible and spiritual books, go to the Mystery of Confession and to the Eucharist, talk with spiritual people and you’ll strongly feel His presence!
Blessed Feast of Saint Luke the Surgeon, the Wonderworker!
Doctor of Medicine, Professor, and State Prize winner, since 1944 he was the Archbishop of Tambov and Michurinsk, and later of Simferopol and the Crimea. While he was serving the church as an Archbishop, he was also practicing as a surgeon and taught and published many books and articles on regional anesthesia and surgery. He is now known to be a world-famous pioneering surgeon.
In November of 1995 he was announced as a Saint by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and was officially glorified by the Patriarchate of Russia May 25, 1996. He is commemorated by the church June 11 the anniversary of his falling asleep in the Lord.
O Lord, You who steadied the hand of Peter as he began to sink on the stormy sea, if you are with me, no one is against me. Grant to me the shield of faith and the mighty armor of the Holy Spirit to protect me and guide me to do Your will. The future I put into Your hands, O Lord, and I follow You to a life in Christ. Amen.