08 April 2020, 11:11
Patriach Kirill urges to consider the pandemic a chance to change for the better
*** If we don't use it, we will fall into the same trap
Moscow, April 8, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia urges to think over spiritual reasons of the coronavirus pandemic and make conclusions to profit from it.
"This terrific infection, this global plague spreads all over the world - the history does not know anything the same. The most horrible epidemics stroke nations, countries, sometimes even whole continents, but today we face a global infection. All of us should seriously think what this global plague means, what this disease means, we can't hide from it," the patriarch said after the liturgy in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on the day of Annunciation.
According the primate, God sends diseases as a punishment or for improvement, sometimes these two reasons go together and "it is very important that this disease, this deadly fear will make us improve our lives."
"We live in the epoch of changes, it is the crisis, but it will depend on us if this change is for the better or for the worse. In order to make this change for the better, we should remember that a man is created by God, and God with His law should be in the center of a human life, His law is righteous, sinless, its fulfillment leads a man to real happiness, not only in his personal, hidden from others life, but also in public relations, relations between humans and nature, relations between humans and cosmos. If God is in the center, then nothing gives humans a right to destroy environment, as its consequences are cataclysms, epidemics, personal and social misfortune," the patriarch said.
He wished that people accepted this crisis as "the best time for changes which should become changes for the better." "But if we don't take this opportunity, we will fall into the same trap, as our proverb says," Patriarch Kirill believes.
Head of the Russian Orthodox Church urges to pray that God forgives our sins, "supports our people and the whole human race in these hard times, gives an opportunity to see and understand the way of His providence" and wished everyone "to come out of this trial being different people - with strong faith and clear understanding that God is the Lord of history."