Remember what Jesus Christ said to the blind,*
The leper and the Canaanite woman truly?
They made up their mind
To stick to faith, and He healed and helped them fully.
Do you also remember the widow’s persistence –
Although the unrighteous judge showed resistance,
He helped after all.
Now let us also go and stick to faith in all!
*Blind – see Mark 10:46-52
Leper – see Mark 17:11-49
Canaanite woman – see Matthew 15:21-28
Widow (parable) – see Luke 18:1-8
Iaroslav Sunday 25.02.2018
Чому ми молимось, друже?
Ми молимось бо молитва є
Спілкування із Богом, яке нам потрібне дуже;
Це – перемога небесного над буденним, яке заважає
Пам’ятати про Бога завжди́,
Пам’ятати про вічне
І прямувати туди;
Очищає душу, розум і серце; дбання всебічне.
Iaroslav Sunday 17.12.2017
Do presents on Christmas matter?
Yes, they certainly do!
Not the ones that make us fatter,
But the ones that melt hearts and show our love to be true.
The ones that unite our hearts,
The ones that make distance short,
The ones that extinguish burning darts.
Faith, hope, love; the ones that comfórt.
Prayer, charity, kind deed that lasts a while,
Peaceful mind… Have time to stop and think.
Image credit: Zeljko Kozomara, “Many Springs in early Autumn” October 3, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, , CC BY-SA 4.0.
Iaroslav Wednesday 20.12.2017
Love God in trouble and joy!
All your mind, all your strength, and all your heart you will need to employ.
Be afraid of no one
But Him, be ready to wait, be ready to run.
Love God with all your strength,
With all your mind, heart, and body length!
Let your heart not sink:
He will support you more than you think.
Rely on Him and go.
Let your kindness grow!
Be quick and smart;
In studies, in work, strengthen your heart!
Be afraid of no one, not anybody in sum.
Only fear God now and in the time to come –
You will bring abundant fruit,
You will grow a profound root!
Iaroslav Saturday – Sunday 19-20.01.2013
Why did you stop?
You are strong enough
To reach the top.
It’s OK, let them laugh –
You’ll score your goal.
Do what’s on your mind,
You’ve got a friendly soul,
It’s your day don’t be blind.
Iaroslav Saturday 21.02.2004
When you can, give.
And you will be given.
Be gracious and thankful and live,
You never know where you will be driven.
What you have, do not hide,
Open your mind, be bright.
Let your life outlook be wide;
Keep your inner spark always in sight!
Iaroslav Thursday 06.11.2008
Greed makes seeing eyes blind,
And hearts become a selfish stone;
It lays fat on mind.
Greed leaves people lonely and alone.
Iaroslav Sunday 04.10.2009
You went bust
And tried to drown the misfortune in whisky.
Your mind dimmed and liver suffered rust.
Became better? No! More risky!
Have you lost your hand
Like the guy?
Or your eyesight? So tell me why,
Why can’t you see the rich land?
Even those poor guys
Do not look back closing their eyes.
A deaf man will see the rise,
A blind man will hear it ’cause he tries.
Enough, stand up, just start.
Think about your heart
Which you can’t deceive.
You’ve got to believe.
Iaroslav Saturday 04.02.2006
Tweet true things
And let your tweets be kind!
Let your tweets help spread wings.
Let them be seasoned with humour to cheer mind!
Iaroslav Sunday 25.11.2012
♥ ♥ ♥
More important than money,
More important than food.
Better than honey,
Lighter than wood.
It is weak…
But stronger than rock.
It is a clear creek.
Wider than ocean, faster than clock.
Above all it is kind,
Jealousy melts like coal.
It brings to Heaven a devoted mind.
It heals a soul.
Iaroslav Monday 14.12.2009
Have you ever thought
That there are saints among us?
In the street, in Church, at school, at work, on a bus?
Maybe, when you forgot
To lock your car,
They were there for you.
They went the way all the way through.
They cared whether you were close or far.
They looked after your baby.
They fed your dog.
They protected against a rogue.
They did not read your mind, maybe,
But they prayed for you every day.
I know, somebody hurt us in the past –
Now for seeing good stuff we are not fast,
But let’s keep our hearts open June through May.
Image credit: Keith, “Canada Goose Turning Right” March 27, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0.
Iaroslav Monday 18.04.2016
I thank you, Mom, for your love so strong!
Thank you for your care.
You helped me whether I was right or wrong,
You protected me in winter frost and summer glare.
You cook best food in the world;
You covered me with a blanket when I slept curled.
When I was ill, you were with me;
When I was sad, you made my mind free.
Thank you because you are still close by.
You give advice,
You share your rice.
You just help, you never ask why.
Iaroslav Saturday 08.08.2015
You have a talent.
Those who cannot see are blind.
You are beautiful, you are smart, you are gallant.
Stay strong, keep open your mind.
When your talents will flourish like buds,
It will amaze all.
Your knowledge and talent will break through like spring floods;
Your achievements will be discussed by scholars in a university hall.
Stay strong, keep loving your heart;
Be nice whatever they say.
Be kind and joyful to start.
Work hard, study thoroughly, remember to play.
Iaroslav Sunday 28.06.2015