Three facts about man’s life and death

 

 Sin converts the living into dead; fornication converts the living into dead; abortion, curse, theft of all sorts, lack of faith, blasphemy, all this transforms the living people into death bearers.

The first and great fact is that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of resurrection, the Lord of Life and the Lord of eternity. He has proven this fact by His own Resurrection, by the raising of the widow’s son of Nain but also through his acts and confessions. He has proven that man’s final destination is not the grave.

The second great fact is that in us, the living people, there is death. Sin converts the living into dead; fornication converts the living into dead; abortion, curse, theft of all sorts, lack of faith, blasphemy, all this transforms the living people into death bearers.

The third great fact is that God has left us His Church, represented by us, the faithful people – the people of God, His Body, the ones that were called to salvation and holiness, but also the church of bricks, that shelters us Sunday after Sunday when we take part to the Holy and Divine Sacrament.

(Translation of a fragment from the speech of His Eminence Teofan, Metropolitan of Moldova and Bucovina, at the reconsecration of “Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary” Church from Trestiana, Botosani)