Ukranian Catholic Archbishop: "Be Ready To Give Up A Life" For Freedom And Independence
By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com
August 27, 2015


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Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk urged Catholics to love their motherland and defend its' sovereignty, calling for them to be 'Christian patriots' and even be willing to lose their life in the process.

The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church Department of Information issued text from the homily, which stated, in part,

"Those who do not love their Motherland will always be strangers and exiles in this land. Who do not want to build their own state and assert its independence, he is doomed to be a slave in a different countries", - signified the Head.

"Let us be mature and those who are building today, who develop their country with the state conscience, being Christians-patriots. Let us not be afraid to grant our lives into God's hands, for everything what do we have now we will preserve and enrich, giving it up for our brothers and sisters", - wished the Head of the UGCC.

"...Our freedom, our future, our personal well-being are impossible without an assertion and existence of an independent Ukrainian State", - said the Head.


Human is a creature, saying he, who is never satisfied with own restrictions: always wants something more, something better and more complete.

"For this Christ, - proceeded the Head of the UGCC, - calls us over and over again to follow Him. Really, it is only in Him we can give and find our life, living for a neighbour, again giving up life in love for God and for a neigbour. That is the sense of Christ's Gospel, the cell of a Christian belief, the way to a real maturity, becoming a man with a big letter".

"Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and for the Gospel will find it". Up to the Head of Church, this God's word, sounding to us as an example of meeting a young man with Christ, revels especially in holidays we are celebrating. Tomorrow we will celebrate an anniversary of our Motherland Independence. Today Ukrainian society is celebrating a State Flag Day which is the symbol, sign and a cell of our sovereign life.

"It is possible to say that Ukrainian society is experiencing today the same crisis of maturity. There is a crisis of overestimating the values, crisis of searching a sense- Why it is so important for us to preserve our independent state today? Is it worth giving up our lives for our freedom and independence? For the faithful Christians these questions sound even deeper. What does it mean for us today, in this rebellious time to follow Christ and be His disciples? A good answer for this question has a prophet of Ukrainian people, our Taras. He considers love to the Motherland and to the own mother to be the same thing. I think, exactly this kind of outlook that flows out of Christ's Gospel is a basement and foundation of a state development that we want to rest on along a way of our going further. Because our freedom, our future, our personal well-being are impossible without an assertion and existence of an independent Ukrainian State", - said the Head.



Wikipedia notes "Sviatoslav Shevchuk (born 5 May 1970, Ukrainian) is the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church since 25 March 2011..Shevchuk is an alumnus of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas Angelicum where in 2006 he obtained a Doctorate in theology... In addition to Ukrainian and Spanish, he knows Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Greek, Latin and Old Slavonic...On 23 March 2011, he was elected Patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church to replace the retired Lubomyr Husar. This decision was confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI on 25 March 2011."

(Please note that the term 'Major' does not refer to a military title in this instance). Pope Paul VI devised the rank of "Major Archbishop", which "grants all the prerogatives of an Eastern patriarch to the head of a self-governing church in full communion..."


The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church website also noted that "In His video blog on the occasion of Independence Day of Ukraine His Beatitude Sviatoslav outlined three challenges that are now facing all Ukrainians: the need to protect the independence of our country, to assert and help to reform the state institutions and government bodies and nurture state consciousness and patriotism."

The article stated, in part,

"...Reflecting on the need to protect the independence of our homeland today, the Hierarch stressed that it is the duty of all of us. "Remembering our heroes, whose blood aspersed our independence, we must understand what is the responsibility of each of us in strengthening the defense of our country", - said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

"...Defense capacity of Ukraine - isn't it the main problem the President of Ukraine and the public authorities are facing now? - stressed His Beatitude Sviatoslav - but I think, on this Independence Day we have to feel all together that as the Ukrainian society, as the Ukrainian people, we should defend our land, our country according to the gifts, tasks and assignments of each. Today everyone has to answer in his or her conscience the question: where is my checkpoint that I must defend to the last drop of my blood?"


"...What does it mean today for us to build Ukraine as an independent state?" - Asked the Primate of the Church, speaking of the need to approve state structures. His Beatitude noted that today you can often hear calls to fight with the Ukrainian authorities ... "I personally - he said - would very cautiously react on such appeals. I would rather say that we need to fight for the establishment of state bodies in Ukraine. We have to fight for their purity, efficacy, to make this government really ours. We are more than ever should feel responsibility for the Ukrainian authorities. Perhaps, the current government does not meet our needs, but we should feel responsible for the correct choice of those who carry out state-task function. We talk about the need to reform government. And it is fair, because many of its mechanisms we inherited from the Soviet era. We feel obliged to make the mechanism of state building completely transparent and European".

"...True patriotism is based on love for our homeland. Therefore, this patriotism makes it possible to recover our strength, gives us strength, because love is always inspiring. Only love can make a person a hero"- said the Head of the UGCC. He noted that false patriotism teaches to hate others: "And this approach quickly exhausts the power of man, because you cannot hate forever".

LINK: On Independence Day the Hierarch urged to defend our country, to support it and to be patriot 8/25/15


Here is the entire text of the press release from the The UGCC department of Information


The Head of the UGCC: "Those who do not love their Motherland will always be strangers and exiles in this land"

Sunday, 23 August 2015, 09:18

Today for us as Christians to be the witnesses of Christ's truth and find a way to the eternal life means to love our Motherland, our people and be ready to give up a life for our friends in the name of God. It was said by the Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church His Beatitude Sviatoslav during his sermon to the laity at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ on the State Flag Day in Ukraine.

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"Those who do not love their Motherland will always be strangers and exiles in this land. Who do not want to build their own state and assert its independence, he is doomed to be a slave in a different countries", -signified the Head.

Contemplating over a human's behaviour, a preacher mentioned, Lord created us in such a way, that we want to surpass ourselves. Human is a creature, saying he, who is never satisfied with own restrictions: always wants something more, something better and more complete. "Probably those who bring up youth, especially teens, know a juvenile period to be marked with two interesting phenomena- A young person in time of getting mature is experiencing a crisis of values. Everything what was certain and clear yesterday, gets another meaning today. Parents call it a "difficult age". On the other hand - to become mature, a young person must go through his own loneliness. He must face something new, find his love, must fall in love with somebody, go out of himself, in order to meet a living God. Only then he can find his life, the sense of what is worth devoting himself to in this terrestrial life. Even more - find what gives an opportunity to live an eternal life that will not pass away", - said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

"For this Christ, - proceeded the Head of the UGCC, - calls us over and over again to follow Him. Really, it is only in Him we can give and find our life, living for a neighbour, again giving up life in love for God and for a neigbour. That is the sense of Christ's Gospel, the cell of a Christian belief, the way to a real maturity, becoming a man with a big letter".


"Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and for the Gospel will find it". Up to the Head of Church, this God's word, sounding to us as an example of meeting a young man with Christ, revels especially in holidays we are celebrating. Tomorrow we will celebrate an anniversary of our Motherland Independence. Today Ukrainian society is celebrating a State Flag Day which is the symbol, sign and a cell of our sovereign life.

"It is possible to say that Ukrainian society is experiencing today the same crisis of maturity. There is a crisis of overestimating the values, crisis of searching a sense- Why it is so important for us to preserve our independent state today? Is it worth giving up our lives for our freedom and independence? For the faithful Christians these questions sound even deeper. What does it mean for us today, in this rebellious time to follow Christ and be His disciples? A good answer for this question has a prophet of Ukrainian people, our Taras. He considers love to the Motherland and to the own mother to be the same thing. I think, exactly this kind of outlook that flows out of Christ's Gospel is a basement and foundation of a state development that we want to rest on along a way of our going further. Because our freedom, our future, our personal well-being are impossible without an assertion and existence of an independent Ukrainian State", - said the Head.


His Beatitude Sviatoslav called for celebrating these holidays without being sad as that rich young man did, who didn't want to give away that little one for receiving something more and eternal. "Let us be mature and those who are building today, who develop their country with the state conscience, being Christians-patriots. Let us not be afraid to grant our lives into God's hands, for everything what do we have now we will preserve and enrich, giving it up for our brothers and sisters", - wished the Head of the UGCC.

The UGCC department of Information

http://news.ugcc.ua/en/news/the_head_of_the_ugcc_those_who_do_not_love_their_motherland_will_always_be_strangers_and_exiles_in_this_land_74578.html



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