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Patriarch Kirill's Christmas Messagel: Faith Cures Errors in Russian Society

CWNews.com - In his Christmas message to the Orthodox world, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow encouraged the faithful to let the light of the Incarnate Christ illumine the world, exposing the truth about the meaning of human life.

“If at the foundation of our lives there is untruth, error, then our lives are not realized,” the Russian Orthodox patriarch said in his message, which was released for the Orthodox celebration of the Nativity on January 7. He took note of an unhealthy “substitution of true values by false values,” saying that a disregard for spiritual truth is the root cause of contemporary problems in “the economy, politics, the environment, family life, the generation gap, and many other things.”

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Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead!

My soul, O my soul, rise up! Why are you sleeping? The end draws near, and soon you will be troubled. Watch, then, that Christ your God may spare you, for He is everywhere present and fills all things.

From the Great Canon of Andrew of Crete

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

For to despise the present age, not to love transitory things, unreservedly to stretch out the mind in humility to God and our neighbor, to preserve patience against offered insults and, with patience guarded, to repel the pain of malice from the heart, to give one's property to the poor, not to covet that of others, to esteem the friend in God, on God's account to love even those who are hostile, to mourn at the affliction of a neighbor, not to exult in the death of one who is an enemy, this is the new creature whom the Master of the nations seeks with watchful eye amid the other disciples, saying:"If, then, any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away. Behold all things are made new" (2 Cor. 5:17). 

St. Gregory the Great
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