As you are aware Covid-19 has impacted many people in different ways, health, financial etc… During this time our prayers should be continuous and our hands outstretched for all those suffering. In particular we should be praying for our brothers and sisters in Melbourne who are still in complete lockdown with no access to Church services and sacraments and not even able to visit family etc. These conditions make it very difficult for all involved.
Of course there is talk of a vaccine. Unfortunately, the Federal Government is considering a vaccine that raises some important ethical questions because the vaccine in question makes use of a cell line cultured from an electively aborted human foetus. The use of such a vaccine shows not only a profound disrespect for the dignity of the human person who was created in the image and likeness of God but is also offensive to the Lord – on the one hand we pray that He deliver us from this pandemic and then suggest that we use a vaccine from aborted human foetus – is it ever possible that God would bless such a vaccine! We pray that the Federal Government considers other alternatives and under no circumstance makes such a vaccine compulsory. Of course as Christians we should voice our concerns in prayer but also express our concern to our local MP requesting that such a vaccine be avoided and that vaccination be a matter of free choice for each citizen.
BUILDING PROGRAM UPDATE
On a positive note, despite Covid-19 creating financial problems, a friend of the monastery has amazingly stepped forward and offered a sum of money that will allow us to begin constructing the kitchen. Glory to God Who never abandons us. Glory to God for all the devout faithful who continue with many sacrifices to express their faith in such noble ways.
Please pray that we do our utmost to respond to the God’s love and to the love of the faithful, He and His Mother the Theotokos inspire to support the construction of an our Orthodox monastery in our times.