My great grandmother taught me how to pray to the Mother of God when I was a child. It was the only prayer I knew and said every night up until my early teens (after that an unsurprising period of "agnostic" nonsense before I came back to faith). She also insisted I was baptised.
Born in 1927 she kept her faith throughout the Godless years. She died a few years ago. Please pray for Zinaida.
If you miss it, you will go against God. God has many giving hands, and there are people who will give to the charities, but God gives you this honour to do good directly, so that you yourself could open His giving hand. Look out, do turn away this honour, like those in the parable called to the wedding."
Sorry for the clumsy translation
One of Theophane the Recluse - one of Russia's 19th century saints writings on psalms:
"Today we have lots of charitable organisations. But do no think that by making a contribution you are free from being charitable privately. One is its own, and you do yours. And even though charitable organisations do not happen without God's will - the closest and direct will of God is a chance for good that's right in front of your eyes.
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