Today the Church in Syria is going through a difficult period of persecutions. Churches, monasteries, convents, and cultural monuments are being destroyed, and people are being killed. In his interview with the Pravlife.org website Bishop Qais (Sadiq) of Erzurum, Vicar of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch, relates how the Church in Syria is trying to survive during the war.
Laziness almost never visits that house where there are many children. There each member of the family always has many responsibilities with no time to relax. Cooking, laundry, cleaning, work in the garden, and so on—almost every member of the family is constantly busy with these things, except for the very youngest, and no one can refuse these responsibilities. But in small families, where there is one child, or none, it’s hard to avoid being lazy.
Every believer should go to church on Sundays in order to participate in the Divine Liturgy. Inasmuch as the Resurrection of Christ is the hope of all men we especially honor this day. It is best of all to spend this day after the Liturgy in charitable deeds: visiting the sick, helping those in need, and visiting the elderly. It would also behoove you on Sunday to devote a few hours to reading the Holy Scriptures and saying some prayers.
Archbishop Joachim of Beroun (the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia) talks about the life of this Local Orthodox Church, the difficulties it is faced with, the cooperation among the Slavic Churches and the destructiveness of schisms.