14 April 2012, 16:59
On Easter eve Patriarch Kirill urges society to leave behind "the spiritual emptiness"
Moscow, April 14, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated clerics and parish on the coming feast of Easter.
"May our behavior, in contradiction to the evil spirit of this age, become the visible affirmation of Eternal Truth. For, although we live today in conditions of social and religious freedom, the striving to live in accordance with Christian moral norms signifies, as before, a movement against the current," the Patriarch said in his message.
This message will be read in all churches of the Russian Orthodox Church, there are over 30 thousands of them in the world.
According to Patriarch Kirill, striving to live a Christian life "reveals a refusal to accept those stereotypes of behavior and the position of the justification of sin which insistently and systematically make their way into peoples’ lives through modern means of influencing the consciousness".
However, in spite of these contradictions, humanity still has the way out, the Primate believes.
"When we turn to the Lord we can leave behind the spiritual emptiness and egoism reigning in the world, see the light of the Resurrection and perceive it as a guiding sign on the way to the Heavenly City," the message reads.
The Patriarch is sure that moral and spiritual transformation is the main pledge and foundation for the transfiguration of the life of society, the nation and the country.
"It is impossible to change for the better the whole without perfecting its parts. The correct mental perception of people from all age, social and political groups determines the well-being of our homeland," Patriarch Kirill said and added that "our vectors in life will shape the development of all the countries of historical Rus’, our Church and, by extension, of all of God’s creation."
See the full text of message under the Documents heading.