A message from Anonymous
Could you please pray for me? Some may think my prayer request is silly but I really need your prayers guys. I am in love with someone that doesn't love me back and it's really painful, so painful that I can't describe it. Please pray for me that God will help me forget him or He'll open his eyes and make him realize my feelings for him. May God bless you all.

Hello dear friend,

I understand your pain, it’s something very common and not silly at all. There are not silly prayer requests.

We have feelings for other people, it’s natural and a part of our life. But sometimes they are unrequited. That’s why we have to focus to God: He’s the only one that loves us completely and can understand us. Well, this might be a test from God, so you have to face it with patience and prayer. And our Lord Jesus Christ will give you the answer you want, sooner or later. Just wait and pray.

Please guys, pray for this lovely person..! God bless you my dear! <3

Please pray for me!

Christ is Risen! <3

If you could please keep me in your prayers tonight (or this morning/midday/afternoon - it depends on your country!) it could be really amazing. I know you all have your personal life and problems, but if you could spend some seconds to pray for me it could be so great!

In the past have witnessed how many miracles our prayers can do if we pray united, as one, so even a “Lord help and support this girl behind this blog” could be enough for me, not to mention how big help would be if you could pray a prayer rope/rosary for me. I need enlightment and support in order to face a difficult situation. If you could also ask the intercessions and support of Virgin Mary, St. Archangel Michael, St. Elizabeth the New Martyr, St. Phanourios, St. Xenia, St. Nektarios, Ss Constantine and Helen, Saint Raphael of Lesvos and all the Holy Apostles could be awesome.

Thank you in advance and God bless you!

Please pray…

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A good friend of mine here on tumblr asks for our prayers. She’s a Christian (Catholic) girl. Please, stop for a moment and pray for her. Let’s send a wave of prayers to her… Christ always listens, as well as His Holy Mother, that is always ready to help us with her intercessions.

"I wanted to ask you to pray for me. Since the age of 14 i am dealing with depression and suicidal ideas. I can’t concentrate to pray, i have lost the heart and the pleasure to pray. I’m tired of asking for help. I don’t manage to pray anymore. Can you, please, pray for me and my faith?"

You are in my prayers <3

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Many of you have asked me to pray for Catholics and for the unstable situation that has saddened so many pious believers of the Roman Church.

So, please, everyone, say a prayer for those pious and humble Catholic brothers and sisters of ours that always put in trust to God, in this difficult time. Pray that God will support them and enlighten them! May God enlighten their new leader as well.

May God bless you and keep you all. I send you all my love from inside my heart <3 <3 Blessed remain of the Lent! :)

A message from Anonymous
Hello dear friend. Please pray for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. He has resigned due to old age. :(

Hello my dear,

I heard about his resignation earlier this morning. I will pray for all those faithful that feel betrayed, scared and lost <3 Don’t forget that whatever happens with the new leader of your Church, God will always love and take care all the people that sincerely love Him and trust Him. Just put your trust in God and ask for enlightment <3

God bless you all my brothers and sisters! My prayers are with all of you these sad and difficult moments…

- Your Orthodox friend from Greece

A message from Anonymous
My sweet sister, don't be sad! I am a Roman Catholic that prays daily to St. Peter the Aleut. Those that claim he never existed they have pray to him and they'll feel his help. Pax Christi

Hello my sweet friend,

Your words, as all the words of Catholics that told me that they see St. Peter as a Saint, make me feel much better because I see there is hope. I know that he does not need “lawyers” to defend him, as he is a Saint in the eyes of God, and I must not be sad, but, imagine how would you or another Catholic feel for example if someone slander the memory of St. Kateri or St. Teresa for example? Isn’t it terrible? I feel the same, because I love him very much. Like when someone slanders the members of my family, that’s what I do when they slander my Lord and my Saints, my family in heaven.

May St. Peter the humble Aleut pray for all of us who honor him! <3

A big “thank you” for your efforts

A big “thank you” to all of you, Orthodox and Catholics (or Catholics and Orthodox) that, until today are posting nun photos or other Christian posts in the “nun” tag. It is so sad that when tumblr mentions the related tags up in the right corner, some of them are “porn” and “hot”. How is this possible? :(

Please, everyone, don’t stop. On a daily basis, post a photo of a nun and tag it. Porn and things related to satan worshipers have nothing to do with the pure monastic life (apart from the fact that, as far as the devil is concerned, is afraid of monks and nuns that are praying all day long, he trembles, especially he fears the “Jesus Prayer” and the prayers to Virgin Mary).

So keep posting. All of us that are Jesus followers, let’s try to make the difference! <3 <3 <3 Take back the tag!

Please pray for Adrielly and her family!

An anonymous friend from Brazil asked me to post this prayer request. So please, all of you, pray wholeheartedly… May God rest this little angel among the Saints, may her memory be eternal and may He gives strenght to her family…

"Hello there. I’m from Brazil and I’d like to ask for help and prayers. In Christmas a little brazilian girl named Adrielly was shot in her head and because the neurosurgeon didn’t show up in the public hospital she was rushed to, she didn’t had surgery on time, entered a coma and died today. I’m incredibly sad and on the verge of tears… can I ask for prayers for her family and for her? They need all the help they can have."

A message from Anonymous
Do you think Protestants and Catholics can go to heaven?

Christ is Born!

Orthodox Christianity is the assured means to the be joined to Christ, but how God will ultimately join to Christ those who do not have access to the presence of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church is his prerogative and mystery.

About the salvation of those who have not consciously rejected Christ, we have the words of St. Theophan the Recluse to guide us into a correct Orthodox understanding:

“You ask, will the heterodox be saved… Why do you worry about them? They have a Saviour Who desires the salvation of every human being. He will take care of them. You and I should not be burdened with such concern. Study yourself and your own sins… I will tell you one thing, however: should you, being Orthodox and possessing the Truth in its fullness, betray Orthodoxy, and enter a different faith, you will lose your soul forever.”

And there are the words of the Metropolitan Philaret who was the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad a very conservative theologian:

“It is self evident, however, that sincere Christians who are Roman Catholics, or Lutherans, or members, of other non-Orthodox confessions, cannot be termed renegades or heretics—i.e. those who knowingly pervert the truth… They have been born and raised and are living according to the creed which they have inherited, just as do the majority of you who are Orthodox; in their lives there has not been a moment of personal and conscious renunciation of Orthodoxy. The Lord, “Who will have all men to be saved” (I Tim. 2:4) and “Who enlightens every man born into the world” (Jn. 1.43), undoubtedly is leading them also towards salvation In His own way.

However, Elder Nektary of Optina said:

“God desires not only that the nations be saved, but each individual soul. A simple Indian, believing in his own way in the Creator and fulfilling His will as best he can, will be saved; but he who, knowing about Christianity, follows the Indian mystical path, will not.” [Ivan Kontzevitch, Elder Nektary of Optina, p. 181].

Individuals within Orthodoxy might give you all sorts of different answers, but the most uniform response you will get about who God will save outside of the Church is that we simply do not know. Christ as God, and King and Judge can save whoever He wants to save, and condemn whoever He wants to condemn. Even being in the Church is no guarantee of salvation; it’s not a free ticket. We must cooperate with God and experience a rebirth.

Same goes for people who belong to other religions as well. We don’t know if they will be saved or not. It’s up to God, who desires the salvation of every human soul.

I hope this helps :) God bless you!

A message from Anonymous
Why is porn harmful to the soul? Sorry if it seems like I am challenging you, I am not. I'm just wondering why it is bad? I think it is wrong of those people to put porn under the nun tag, by the way.

Hello and sorry for the late reply!

Pornography distorts the image of pure and private marital sex. It is an enslaving addiction that must be resisted like any other sin.

We must first realize and be convinced that this is a sin. When we let our eyes watch impurity and not only see it but also enjoy it we are sinning and we defile our whole body. The Holy Bible says, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are" (1 Cor 3:16-17). If we believe that the Holy Spirit is really in us, would we invite him to see these things!

We must take a stand against it and decide truly to stop falling into its trap by avoiding the source whether it is the Internet or TV or videotapes. We must discipline our senses to hate this sin and turn away from it as soon as we are exposed to it. [source]

That’s why all of us are kindly asking others to stop posting porn in the nun tab. When an innocent person simply visit this tab to see the real beauty of monasticism, he finds porn, something totally contrary to the real meaning of monasticism. Nuns are a Christian thing, it has nothing to do with blasphemus content, that offends Christians and can destroy our soul. It’s like trying to post blasphemous posts for Muslim women. Why to hurt people’s feelings that have specific beliefs?

God bless you.

Last thing about the “nun/nuns” tabs

I promise I won’t stop posting massively (in my other blog, but in this one as well) nun posts that show the beauty of ascetism of the ancient Orthodox Church. And I encourage you all to continue, Orthodox and Catholics. Don’t give up!

Many thanks to all of you that continue. God bless you all.

Let’s make the “nun” tab as it should be!

Dear Orthodox and Catholic Christians,

I have noticed again, with a great sadness that the “nun” and “nuns” tabs are under attack (again). Whoever visits it isn’t seeing the beauty of monasticism but porn. It’s so sad, and it can be harmful to the souls of all those who visit it simply by interest to learn about monasticism.

For another time, let’s do something!!!!! If we all work together, as a team, the results will be amazing, as always. So, leave for a moment the “reblog” button (I am sure you reblog beautiful stuff, my dashboard is full of true beauty!) and make original posts with nuns, in order to show the true beauty of monasticism.

So… Go, go, go!

With much love in Christ and prayers,

- Your sister

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Update: My dearest friend Vlad has been attacked by those that disagree that the nun tab should be full of real nuns and religious life. Please continue to make nun posts to clear this mess.

Today, we joyfully commemorate St. Nicholas the Wonderworker!

Fear of God drives all fear from the hearts of men. In every great hierarch of the Orthodox Church, we see meekness and fearlessness wonderfully united. St. Nicholas grabbed the sword of the executioner and pulled it away so that innocent men would not be beheaded. St. Chrysostom reproached the Empress Eudoxia for her misdeeds without consideration for the u npleasantness and danger to his own life, to which he was exposed as a result. And there are many, many other examples similar to this: Emperor Valentinian the Elder, upon hearing of Ambrose’s stern criticism of him, said: “I knew of your fearlessness; that is why I helped you to be chosen as bishop. Correct our faults as the Law of God teaches, and heal our unrighteousness.” When Valentinian the Younger, at the instigation of his mother Justina, an Arian, ordered that the cathedral church in Milan be yielded to the heretics, Ambrose shut himself in the church with the faithful and would not come out for three days. He sent a message to the emperor and empress that, if they desired his death, he was prepared at any moment “here in the church to be run through either by the sword or spear.” Hearing this, the emperor and empress withdrew their decree. When a riot occurred in Thessalonica, at which time about seven thousand people were beheaded by the decree of Emperor Theodosius the Great, Ambrose became so enraged at the emperor that, when the emperor visited Milan and wished to enter the church, the saint forbade him. The emperor said to Ambrose: “Even David sinned and was not deprived of God’s mercy.” To this the bishop replied: “As you have imitated David in sin, imitate him also in repentance.” The emperor was ashamed, turned back and repented bitterly of the sin he had committed. (From the “Prologue from Ochrid”, by St. Nikolai Velimirovic)

He is the Patron Saint of the Greek Navy and the beloved Saint of many Orthodox believers in the world, especially the seamen. He’s also venerated by Catholic and Anglican believers.

Have a blessed Feast! Many years to all of you that have the Saint’s name!

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We all have to keep this inside our hearts…

Prayer request

A gentle friend submitted a prayer request to my blog. So please, everyone, say a little prayer… The more prayers we send to God for this family, the better. Also, ask our Most Holy Mother and the Saints to pray…

"Please pray for my friend and her family, they’re having major troubles right now."