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)


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

Reblogged from Simply Orthodox ☦