Our Lord wants to help us!
Have you ever tried to avoid somebody or something? Maybe it was a kid at school who bugs you sometimes. Or maybe it was a classmate, who had a sneezy, sniffly nose! Whatever it was, you tried to stay away. Today at Church, we hear the Gospel
about the Paralytic (the man who couldn’t walk). Well, at first the man couldn’t walk,
but then we hear how Christ raised him up from his bed, and healed him. Then he could walk.
In the Gospel, we hear that Jesus was going into Jerusalem. He went through a special gate (called the Sheep Gate), where there were lots of sick people. Some were blind, some were crippled, some couldn’t even move at all. They were all waiting there because they wanted to be healed. They were always there, waiting, waiting to be healed.
SAINT HELEN: AND THE NUNS OF THE DIVEYEVO CONVENT
Have you ever prayed for something very, very much? Well, we all try to pray to God and to the saints, so we can be close to them. When we talk to somebody, be grow closer to him or her, don’t we? In Russia, in a place called Diveyevo, there is a holy convent where the nuns pray very much. They especially pray to the Holy Theotokos, the mother of our Lord, and they try to grow closer to her.
More than 150 years ago, some of the nuns dug a special path that goes around the
whole convent. Every day, the nuns walk along the path (it’s called the Holy Canal of Diveyevo), and they pray to the Theotokos, “Rejoice Mary, full of grace…” Many people visit this holy place, and they join in the walk and in the prayers!
We celebrate Saint Helen of Diveyevo on Friday, May 28th (OC: June 10th)