(Passport to the Newworld, april 1993
Christ called on us all to live in peace and unity, make
good and be merciful. Very often, howev-er, owing to ignorance
and against God's will, people torment them-selves and their
nearest and dear-est with their envy, enmity, unfair behavior
and selfish ends.
Our Lord gave us hope that we would be delivered from our
vices and sins. On the basis of his sacred teaching we learned
how to defend orphaned, wretched, poor and hap-less. My
dear ones, remember, despite contemporary difficulties,
that Our Lord is always with us and always supports us in
our good intentions and deeds.
Let us recall God's wishes towards us and what He wants
us to be. Allthough your lives try to follow the sacred
will of God, Our Savior, the will to "Love Each Other".
The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Aleksei II addressed
with such words the sponsors and guests of the charity ball
in the Kremlin's Palace of Moscow. Hundreds of crippled
children and orphans whose fathers gave up their lives in
Afghanistan gathered together within the Kremlin's walls.
The organizers and sponsors of the ball, including "Amerus
Enterprises Ltd", have decided to offer gifts to those
children, who were deprived of ordinary happiness and thus
make them realize that they are not alone, that they are
thought and cared about...
The festival was a complete success. Good spirits rule every
festivity. Good spirits were high this time. The Kremlin's
Palace became filled with happy children's voices and merry
laughter that evening. There was laughter everywhere even
on the faces of official ser-vants and waiters of the children's
festivity. Outstanding musicians, folk singers and actors
did their best to amuse the children. "Amerus Enterprises
Ltd" gave chil-dren gifts, but all participants at
the ball carried off with them more than just pleasant reminiscences
about the festival. They carried away the sensation of being
in touch with genuine goodness. Many children participated
in such festivities for the first time in their lives.
It's safe to say here that this is a long forgotten good
tradition, namely, the organization of charitable festi-vals.
The generous rich used to spon-sor Christmas trees replete
with can-dies, firtrees, Christmas morning fes-tivities
for peasant's children, poor citi-zens, and orphans. It
was not done for the sake of window-dressing, or praise
in the local press, it was simply tradition. At Christmas,
Easter and other great festivities the poor and wretched
were presented with gifts and happiness. The Moscow daily
"Moscow's Komsomolets" has utter about these traditions.
Despite more than seventy-years of inaction, these traditions
are now being revived. The roots of these traditions are
still alive. Maybe all Russia will be resurrected with these
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