Head of the UGCC to Ukrainians in Canada: The greatest gift parents can pass on to their children is faith in God

Tuesday, 05 November 2019, 18:01
We must admit that our society has not yet been completely cleansed of the post-Soviet worldview and thinking. However, we are moving forward to the victory of good over evil ...

The Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav, wrote about this in a letter of congratulation on the occasion of the XXVI Congress of Canadian Ukrainians, held November 1-3 in the city of Ottawa.

He expressed his gratitude to the members of Congress that, thanks to their kindness and professionalism, hundreds of thousands of our immigrants from Ukraine found their second homeland in Canada.

The Head of the Church noted that the Ukrainian diaspora, which is present in numerous countries such as the USA, Canada, Poland, Italy, etc., is very active. It is vigorously implementing its initiatives in the public life of the host country, and in the case of Canada, even in the political sphere. Positive is the fostering of ties with Ukraine, which today passes its exam as a free, independent, and democratic state.

"Unfortunately," the Head of the Church states, "the information that comes to you from your parents' land is not comforting. For the fifth year in the east of Ukraine, a war has been waged against our nation, which with its bloody millstones grinds the lives and destinies of our many sons and daughters, who without hesitation give their most precious lives for the triumph of justice."

At the same time, he writes, we must admit that our society has not yet been completely cleansed of the post-Soviet worldview and thinking. However, in spite of all these challenges, we are, with God's help, moving forward to the victory of good over evil.

"In these difficult times, a new Ukraine is being born, and I want to encourage you, if possible, to be active participants in this process. Remember that the greatest gift parents can pass on to their children is faith in God. Go to your Church, which is your mother and vital source. In it, you will find it easier to overcome life's worries and will be able to live your age with dignity by the grace of God," wrote His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

 

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