risu.org.ua - “Who are your people?” This question could be asked to all public officials who receive money for living not from the state but from “sponsors.” This corruption is destroying everybody. Even after the Revolution of Dignity, when the power passed to other hands, the new men of power defined the so-called quotas, by which each party must be guaranteed a certain number of people in their government. We, the religious leaders, have issued an open statement against this shameful practice.

The Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church told it in an interview to Italian newspaper SettimanaNews.

Describing the current political situation in Ukraine, the Primate has said that Ukraine is a country with the Soviet past, for the last 25 years it has had a double identity. On the one hand, a developing civil society gained rapid growth with independence: it concerns above all the middle class that is able to establish connections with European and technological modernity. On the other hand, it has maintained the state apparatus as a relic of the Soviet era. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the Communist political class broke up, and the former communist elite has turned into oligarchs, keeping power in their hands. Communist leaders have direct access to the state heritage and at the time of privatization they managed to seize the public goods. Ordinary people who had no access to public holdings, or did not know how to protect their rights to benefits that are considered common property, have remained on the margins of society.

“Those who have money, His Beatitude Sviatoslav continued, “create their own policies, protect their interests, establish political parties ... Every new political protégé promotes interests of certain oligarchs. Over the past decade this vicious circle, which destroys the state, has created a whirlwind of corruption. I remember a Soviet comedy (“Ivan Vasilyevich changing profession.” - Ed.), in which a protagonist invented a time machine, by which Ivan the Terrible traveled to Soviet times. Wandering among the people, the king asked all the same existential question: “And who are your people?” This question could be posed to all public officials who receive money for living not from the state but from their sponsors.”

The Head of the Church also noted that civil society in Ukraine is one generation ahead of the dinosaurs of post-Soviet system, which, unfortunately, continue to implement its policy.

“We are now in the same situation as was Poland after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Imagine that there is an old car that can keep up with the times, and the driver is inside. You need to change the car, but the one who drives it will not do that as he is too attached to it. Civil society in Poland managed to destroy the old system due to "Solidarity" movement that was supported and in a sense led by John Paul II. President-Communist remained holding the wheel in his hands, but without the old car, so he happily signed all the agreements on integration with the European community. But the reform of the governance system and state apparatus was not launched and was not led by bureaucrats or politicians, but civil society. In Ukraine - two years after Euromaidan – we are experiencing a similar situation,” His Beatitude Sviatoslav says. It was reported by UGCC Information Department.

Teachings of Christ

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (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.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

I pray Thee, compassionate Lord, do not allow me to be condemned because of the unworthy and ungrateful manner in which I contemplate the great mysteries that Thou hast revealed to Thy saints and through them to me, a sinner and Thy unworthy servant. For see, Lord, Thy servant stands before Thee, idle in everything, speechless, as one who is dead; and I do not dare to say anything more or to presumptuously contemplate further. But as always I fall down before Thee, crying from the depths of my soul. . . .

St. Peter of Damascus