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Ozeryanskaya Icon of the Mother of God

There are hundreds of images of the Virgin Mary, and lots of those we know little of. However, their stories let us see how close the Mother of God is to common folks.

British Photographer Alys Tomlinson and Cinematographer Marie-Cecile Embleton Make a Film About Our Convent

Alys Tomlinson is a photographer from London and the author of Ex-Voto Project dedicated to expressions of gratitude to God that can be seen in places of religious worship such as Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland), and Grabarka (Poland).

“I Take Your Sin On Myself”

There are testimonies of all-forgiving love of the great abbot of Optina Pustyn Monastery towards weak brothers and members of clergy who would sometimes fall into egregious sins.

Priest Allowed Me to Take Communion Instead of Penance. Is It Right?

I’d do the same because you hadn’t taken communion for seven years so you practically got yourself excommunicated.

“I Can’t Go to Church. How to Get Over It?”

I don’t get it. What do you mean? I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13).

How to Cope with Resentment?

You should go to the Heavenly Doctor and ask him to forgive you and to empower you in the struggle with that sin. You should meet that person who offended you and tell him some kind and pleasant words, if you can.

How Should I Tithe?

We don’t demand tithes like the Evangelicals.

The Meeting

A sister was looking at the hubbub, which was going on around her, with sympathy. People were in a hurry. People were nervous. People were getting late

Five Questions About Parenting and Education

Priest Andrew Malakhovsky, a cleric of St Elisabeth Convent and a father of two, answers some nagging questions about parenting and education.

Coming To Terms with an Unplanned Pregnancy

Man proposes, God disposes. We plan one thing but the Lord has something else in mind. We have to accept what He gives us. We have to struggle with lack of faith and the doubts that destroy us from the inside.