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Khrushchev's daughter to visit Vatican-- again

Rome, Mar. 5, 2008 (CWNews.com) - Rada Khrushchev, the daughter of the late Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev, will visit the Vatican to commemorate the 1963 ceremony in which Pope John XXIII was presented the Balzan Peace Prize.

The Balzan prizes were established by an Italian donor, as a counterpart to the Nobel prizes. In 1963 the international peace prize was awarded to Pope John XXIII-- a decision that had the approval of the Soviet leadership.

The Balzan peace prize was not awarded again until 1978, when it was bestowed on Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The award has subsequently been given Abbé Pierre (1991) and the St. Egidio community (2004); as well as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (1986), the International Red Cross (1996), and Pakistani activist Abdul Sattar Edhri (2000).

Rada Khrushchev was present in Rome for the presentation of the first Barzan peace prize to Blessed John XXIII. She made the trip in the company of her husband, Aleksei Adzhubei, who at that time was head of the Izvestia news service.


Teachings of Christ

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Annunciation

Today is the fountainhead of our salvation, * and the revelation of an eternal mystery: * The Son of God becomes the Son of a Virgin, * and Gabriel announces the good news of grace. * Therefore, let us also cry with him to the Mother of God: * "Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (Troparion, Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

To you, O Mother of God, our leader and defender, * we, your servants, delivered from calamity, offer hymns of victory and thanksgiving. * So you, who have invincible might, * set us free from every peril * that we may cry to you: * "Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!" (Kontakion, Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The soul has followed Moses and the cloud, both of these serving as guides for those who would advance in virtue; Moses here represents the commandments of the Law; and the cloud that leads the way, its spiritual meaning. The soul has been purified by crossing the Sea; it has removed from itself and destroyed the enemy army. It has tasted of the waters of Marah, that is, of life deprived of all sinful pleasure; and this at first had seemed bitter and unpleasant to the taste but offered a sensation of sweetness to those who accepted the wood. Next it enjoyed the beauty of the palm trees of the gospel and the springs; it filled itself with the living water, that is, the rock. It took within itself the bread of heaven. It overwhelmed the foreign host - a victory due to the extended arms of the Lawgiver, which thus foreshadowed the mystery of the Cross. Only then can the soul go on to the contemplation of transcendent Being.

St. Gregory of Nyssa