We Stand at the Threshold...

April 12, 2020 4 Comments

We Stand at the Threshold...

An insightful letter about the coronavirus shared by Fr. Victor Potapov of St. John's ROCOR Cathedral in Washington, D.C. 

In English translation and original Russian.


I watch what is happening and I increasingly understand that mankind urgently needed such a shake-up!  

Just think - how have we lived our lives during the last decades? The coronavirus will make you rethink your whole life!  Mankind will live differently after the triumph of the virus! 

Nature and our Lord are tired of our contemptuous attitude towards our health and the environment! We've stopped being human! Hubris overtook our minds and we began to feel that we are the masters of the world!  But the tiny virus quickly put us in our place!   

The virus spares neither the wealthy nor the politicians, making it clear that they cannot escape from it on their private jets, nor can they buy health with money!  

And as I thought recently: "We lost the ability to live as families, and so the disease shut us up in our homes, that we might learn once more to live as a family.   

We stopped respecting our elderly people, and so we got this disease, that we might remember how vulnerable they are.  

We stopped appreciating medical workers, and we got the disease that we might understand how irreplaceable they are.  

We stopped respecting teachers, and the disease closed the schools, so that parents could experience just how hard it is to teach. 

We spent our free time in shopping malls, and the disease closed them, so that we might realize that happiness is not in material things. 

We spent a lot of time on our looks and comparing ourselves to others, and so the disease hid our faces with masks, that we might realize that beauty is not skin deep. 

This disease takes a great deal away from us, but at the same time, it gives us an opportunity to grow in understanding of what is most important in our lives!"  

We were given a disease tailored to our needs! 

May God help us to humble ourselves so that humility will give us wisdom. 


Наблюдаю за происходящим и все больше понимаю, что человечеству была крайне необходима такая встряска!!!

Задумайтесь - как мы жили последние десятки лет? Коронавирус заставит переосмыслить всю нашу жизнь! Все человечество, после победы над вирусом будет жить совершенно по другому!

Природа и Господь устали от нашего наплевательского отношения к своему здоровью и экологии! Мы перестали быть людьми! Гордыня затмила наш разум и мы почувствовали себя хозяевами мира, но малюсенький вирус быстро поставил нас на место!

Вирус не щадит богатых людей и политиков, дав  им понять, что от него нельзя сбежать на собственном самолёте и не купить здоровье за деньги!

И как недавно я подумал: «Мы перестали уметь сосуществовать в семьях и поэтому болезнь закрыла нас в наших домах, чтобы мы снова научились жить как семья.

Мы перестали уважать людей пожилого возраста, поэтому получили эту болезнь, чтобы вспомнить какие они уязвимые.

Мы перестали ценить медицинских работников и получили болезнь, чтобы знать какие они незаменимые.

Мы перестали уважать учителей и болезнь закрыла школы, чтобы родители сами попробовали, что такое учить.

Свободное время мы проводили в торговых центрах , болезнь закрыла их, чтобы мы поняли, что счастье не купить.

Мы много времени уделяли своей внешности и сравнивали себя с другими, поэтому болезнь закрыла наши лица масками, чтобы мы поняли, что нашей красоты там нет!

Эта болезнь многое у нас забирает, но даёт возможность многому научиться и понять, что главное в нашей жизни!»

Мы получили болезнь, сшитую по нашим меркам!

Да поможет нам Бог смирять себя, а  смиренность прибавит нам мудрости.

In XC,
Fr. Victor

4 Responses

Reader Edward Morgan
Reader Edward Morgan

June 12, 2020

What a blessing to be reminded to give glory to God in all things and to check our pride. We are also being forced to contemplate the importance of communal worship now that many of us have been deprived of it and to cultivate our inner spiritual life.

Kathleen Chamis
Kathleen Chamis

May 24, 2020

Excellent synopsis of the covid 19 pandemic ! So very true! Cuts to
The heart for those who have been
Affected. God does everything purposely. Pray for an end to this
Difficult and very eye opening life

Kathleen Chamis, student
Southland Bible Institute
Difficult and hard life lesson.

Elena B
Elena B

April 15, 2020

Thank you, Father. All points well taken. May our Lord give us strength to do His will, not ours. Amen

Basil Foxwell
Basil Foxwell

April 13, 2020

Hope the prayers of the Monastery

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