Hades is not a place, no, but a state of the soul. It begins here on earth. Just so, paradise begins in the soul of a man here in the earthly life. Here we already have contact with the divine.
— St. John, Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco, Homily On the Sunday of Orthodoxy (via thelasttruerebellion)

merys-anatomy:

Beautiful countryside on the southern outskirts of Kiev, where the park “Feofania” and St. Panteleimon Convent.

Reblogged from Simply Orthodox ☦