September 10, 2013

Advice From Patriarch Bartholomew to the Youth of Estonia

During his current trip in Estonia, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met with students in Kihnu, and gave them the following advice:

Whatever you do in your life, no matter how successful you may become, the One who is the source of every good is God. In your life, my children, you will get to experience many dilemmas. There will be many times when you will be forced to choose between the good and the bad, between virtue and sin. This is why you must prepare for those moments from now, by living near to our Church and by struggling to apply the commandments of God and the Gospel; by studying the Gospel and other spiritual books, which the Church offers us. Remember that happiness is not found in ease and convenience, in wealth or much success. Whatever is tedious and laborious, this is what will sanctify you and give you a sterling reputation before God.

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.