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I am an International author of a trilogy “God’s Miracles in Lives of Regular People”, in which I describe how the main character Maria Kurbatov overcomes the dramatic events and survives the life-threatening situations thanks to her strong faith in the Divinity.
I am always open to discuss the chain of Maria’s life occurrences and situations, author’s style of the description of these historical and personal events, as well as their resolutions, BUT the chain of events was not fictitiously created in my imagination, all of them took place in a true life of my mother-in-law Maria and were recorded by her in personal journals.
The way this wonderful woman observed the world, her philosophical and spiritual understanding of hardships, and the tactic that helped her to survive her personal adversities are apparent and logical in our time. Every modern person, a man or a woman, can easier undergo the global crises, learning from the immense experiences of the main character.
Maria’s human and spiritual examples had already saved lives of many people. She transferred her understanding of life to her sons, granddaughter and me, as well as to friends, multiple acquaintances, hundreds of fellow travelers, authorities and just strangers. The petite size woman was blessed to attract people’s attention to her life story, her philosophical, spiritual and practical understanding of life events and resolutions of hardships. People of different ages, ranks and social positions looked at Maria with admiration and respect. Thanks to realization of mother Maria’s approach to the life of our family, we were blessed to survive our personal deadly perils, multiple hardships and professional climbing to our successful achievements. Not so many immigrants can state that they survived in the USA without financial support of the government. We did. Nobody, but us paid for our education and life expenses.
This country gives a lot of opportunities to people of young and middle age. Find what you want to achieve in your life. Imagine the final result. What is your dream? Never be afraid to dream. Second step is: think how you can reach your goal. When you dream about the final result, think about the practical steps of your project.
I remember, how my ex-husband and I, relatively new immigrants, surprised the experienced business adviser with back ground of Yale university with our far-going plans to found and develop the International resort, based on integrative medicine which combined the lab and image testing of the regular medicine with holistic methods of healing. Actually, we had calculated in our thoughts every step of our dream before that visit to the business adviser and the single visit was enough for creating of the business plan. Mother Maria’s teaching helped: “Define your dream, hold it and do not allow yourself to lose it. When you know what you want, think how you can reach it. But do not forget about a corner stone of your structure - ask for God’s blessing and support of your project”.
We were always grateful to the Lord and our dear mother for passing our life tests and success that strengthened our faith in Divinity.
As a writer, I’ve been suggested by Media interview connection services to participate in shows on the topics they consider urgent at the present time. What major topics are suggested? Most of them are connected with accounting standards affecting bill payments; real estate and how the real estate attorneys are dealing with skyrocketing vacancy rates and bad economy; workplace ethics, and how parents should explain their children what is going on with the economy and why one or both parents have lost jobs or filed bankruptcy during the 2008 global economic crisis. I agree with the importance of informative instead of scandalous television programs. Knowledge is always power and stability in future when we attend schools. Many years of teaching and counseling made me expert on this topic.
There is one thing that scares people and forces them to think about possible end of the world in the nearest future, when they are told that the whole world is already “in a shaky boat in the middle of deep global crises”. Everyone who has brains, but lack of connection with Divinity dwells in fear and loses the correct perception that this crisis is simply a test from above for all the mankind. Focus on the wrong point of view does not bring inner peace, strength and creativity in order to make the right decisions. Any crisis, as challenging, as they are also providing the opportunities for change, releasing of the habitual and advancement towards the optimal manifestation of inner potential.
I doubt that the media which predominantly brings knowledge about dramatically increased numbers of foreclosure, closed businesses, unemployment, financially unstable families, who applied for state support, kids transferred from private to public schools, broken marriages, abortions, and the worst – suicide will help today at least one family to get peace and well-being when they are facing hardships of their own.
What should we do with the increased and decreased numbers during the complicated period of life? How does this knowledge alone prevent filing bankruptcy, if there is no more business, as business? Where to look for job and how to find quickly the same managerial position in order to sustain mortgage and car payments? Even so, you try to get rid of the second car in the family at this hard time, who will take your leased car earlier than the term of your agreement?
I did not find in a list of suggested show topics a single one that can positively influence today or tomorrow the minds and hearts of people or bringing them in the state of a relative enlightenment. The political and economic experts give us different reasons why it has happened and predict another difficult year. They sound well-acknowledged, but where were all these specialists and experts two-three years prior to the crisis?
Those readers who were patient enough to come to this paragraph will read some diverse or unusual interpretation of Global downturn and loss of previous stability in vitally important spheres of human life – economic, spiritual, financial, and political.
In which of named above spheres our modern society failed initially and seriously for the last twenty years? You are right – in true spirituality. I did not say that we stopped attending churches, synagogues or mosques. Do our children and grandchildren attend the Religious Temples on the regular bases? Why do we do this? What is the reason of going there? We like to be present at religious services, meet our friends weekly, chat with them, while drinking coffee after the service, and go home. Isn’t it nice? It is just pleasant routine without genuine spiritual depth.
Do we do it for our soul, heart and mind? Do we come to the House of our Father for cleansing of all internal or external contaminants such as irritability, annoyance, envy, anger and others that were generated or attracted during the week? Do we come to repent in our sins regularly and sincerely? Do we enter the house of the Creator to feel and express our gratitude for happiness and success? Do we arrive into the house of the Lord to share with Him and Holy Spirit and invoke assistance with our hardships, burdens and heartaches? Do we feel the presence of our Father there? Do we believe that He is waiting for us to come? Many people follow some religious rituals, but do not experience heartfelt spirituality. Where is faith, if people forget to start and finish the day with praising the Lord? The connection with the Divinity is so weak that the necessity to talk/pray to our Father/God/Hashem, (Son and Holy Spirit for the Christians) does not exist. In the morning, we jump in the car with a cup of coffee and empty heart, mind and soul. How can He bless this emptiness for a day?
The energetic vibration of a prayer elevates along the invisible, but eternally present soul’s cord to the Divinity. It is like the bell, we start praying and the Universal Goodness hears us; that’s why it is better to pray mindfully and wholeheartedly without pretense in order to receive the blessed answer from Above that will attune our vitality. Without divine adjustment we cannot obtain our inner peace and actual blessedness. Who of us experiences a state of bliss, at least once in a while? Are you familiar with this sensation? What can be better than feeling happy without justifiable reason?
What did most of the people think about not further than five-six years prior to the crisis? Human mind focused on narrow range of topics - business, income, shopping and leisure. People worked hard in order constantly improve the quality of life and purchase everything they wanted. Who needed God, if all the desired things they could obtain with fair or not so fair financial manipulations? Did money bring them bliss? No, it didn’t. It was alarming to observe: the highest level of material life did not prevent people from depression, diseases and suicide. Creating heaven on earth with money instead of God, they could not find inner peace, health and happiness. Drugs and alcohol further deteriorated human life, health and family relationship. Working as a healthcare practitioner, I had the opportunity to learn the subject that I described. There was one common cause – lost connection with the Divinity. When human individuals do not sustain their connection with the Divinity, they lose inner peace, joy, happiness, realization of dreams, health, and very often assets, investing them in a sinkhole.
God forbid, if this happened just to you and me, but if the downturn affected all the mankind? Our patient Creator watched us for a long time, waiting for human intent to restore the connection with the Divinity. People did not praise Him for whatever they achieved in their life. Everything that people were blessed with was taken for granted and without any appreciation, being certain that it had occurred because they were so bright, well-educated, obnoxious or lucky. If so, nobody owed Him anything, even appreciation.
Today, the Creator gives us a chance to elevate our consciousness, enlighten our mind and restore the connection with Him through the growing faith. That is why He put the whole mankind without discriminating of any nation or nationality into the same boat and exposed us to a dangerous journey. He believes that under new life circumstances, His children will return to Him, looking for His mercy, support and love. Only with God all things are possible, only with Him we can quickly succeed.
By Angelic Tarasio
Originally written 2008 and re-edited 2020
“Awakening of Faith Article Series”
I was reading reviews on my book and in them I haven’t found the complete understanding of the main idea. Why I was blessed to write it? Why it was introduced to the world at this particular time? Why I describe the distressing historical events of the previous century? What made Maria able to survive life threatening situations and combat the hardships of WWII? Was it her personal strength that made her a survivor? Was it possible to survive in described situations due to intellectual and physical endurance only?
It is a true story about the life of my mother-in-law. The historical events are real to the dates and hours, because through extensive research, I verified the data from Maria’s journals. I described them in order to show that nearly every person undergoes some kind of difficulties in our life. It’s our testing. The same challenging situation can strengthen the will of one person and destroy completely another one. Why the second person could not fight through the test of life and prefers death?
Many times I was looking at my mother-in-law with admiration, being introduced to the reality of her life. I was young atheist and asked her several times, “Tell me the truth, what kept you alive?” She smiled and answered with one word, “The Savior.”
Now I know that she was absolutely right. When nobody and nothing can help, we better ask God to resolve the situation.
While writing a non-fiction, historical book I set 3 objectives:
- To bring attention of people to the tragic events of the WWII in order to show how it affected everyone and everything. The world lost more than 72 million people. We should remember this number in order to avoid repetition of history again.
- My second book of the trilogy describes home-coming of mother-to-be Maria in 1946 and the horrible experiences KGB forced her husband and her to undergo in her native land. I want people to be cautious and protect the Democratic Structure of the human society. None of the countries should repeat the Communist Soviet Union history. I did not make my conclusions regarding the post-war events in USSR by myself. I know that the facts I described there were not exaggerated at all.
- Awakening of faith is the third objective in writing the trilogy. To my mind, it is the most important at the present time. Why is it so important in human life? When God creates people, He supplies us with the soul that keeps interconnection with the Divinity that is the source of our Divine support and guidance.
What nourishes the human soul? Our faith and prayer.
What happens with human soul, if there is no nourishment? It suffers from hunger. The human body becomes a prison for the soul without the Divine energy to sufficiently sustain it.
What happens to a person whose soul is neglected? He or she loses inner peace, happiness and joy. It is the first sign that there is something wrong with the soul. It is time when the person must think about the reason/s for the changes.
What happens, if the person does not concentrate attention on the cause of the changes? He or she enters a downward spiral, as the disturbance becomes more pronounced through the psycho-emotional and behavioral channels of individual becoming easily upset, irritated, anxious, angry and jealous.
What can help to improve the condition? A sincere prayer to the Lord is required, in order to prevent further development of psycho-emotional instability.
What happens later, if the person does not implore to the Lord? A disturbing question arises: “Why me?” When this question appears in your mind, it means you experience depressive tendencies. Try to answer to the question mentioned above with other questions, “Why not me? What did I do for my psycho-spiritual wellbeing in order to cleanse myself from persistent complains and a demon of despair that tortures my soul?”
If the person begins with correct questions and self-analysis, it means that the suffering person is on the right path to salvation. Then it is easier to continue with our personal investigation, asking, “Where am I now? Who am I closer to, to darkness or light?”
The world underwent its division eons ago for good and bad, for light and dark, for holy and evil. If we are depressed, I doubt that we are with God. Ask yourself, “Do I want to be lost?” and listen to the answer of your soul.
Our Father is patient and gives us the opportunities and chances to correct the situation. Why should people wait until the situation is more aggravated?
People try to help themselves with taking drugs, recreational or medicinal. They cannot save people from depression. Why? The bio-chemical imbalance is the third reason in the development of this popular disorder. It is better to start with the correction of two previous causes. Having my own experience in it, I share with you the information that was checked and worked for everyone perfectly well.
1. Strengthen the bond with the Divinity. You restore connection through regular meditations/praying and sincere repentance in what you have done wrong. This allows you to restore the flow of energy through the invisible cord from the soul to Creator in order to re-charge from the Higher source of energy for rebuilding your inner strength.
Inner strength helps us to get rid of fears, uncertainty, dissatisfaction, depression as well as disturbing feelings that you are always misunderstood, undervalued and offended. You stop blaming the fate, beloved, friends, colleagues, circumstances and even the Creator for your miserable life and misfortune.
The sincere praying restores the vibration of the soul and its rejuvenation. A strong healthy vibration of the soul helps to get rid of fatigue condition of mind and body, supplying us with vital energy and peace.
2. The suffering of your soul from lack of vital energy and presence of psycho-emotional disturbance harmfully affect vitally important functions of the human body:
- Digestion of foods
- Assimilation of nutrients from the intestines
- Elimination of toxic metabolic waist
The process of auto-intoxication begins, leading you to overload of liver, kidneys and lymphatic system with toxic metabolic waist. Weight gain usually starts at this level. If nothing sufficient is done for detoxification, it leads to kidney and circulatory stresses, elevation of blood pressure, circulatory system/heart disorders, deterioration of concentration and memory, cell degeneration, mutation of cells on sub-atomic level and formation of unhealthy or cancerous cells.
When the Lord gave me this understanding and opportunity to test it on myself with grate result, I shared my knowledge with other people. Being a regular nutritionist, I implemented meditation/praying in the day schedule of my clients. I supplied them even with Kitchen prayer in order to clean the energy of the products they consumed. I believe that I have discovered the major reason why I got sick and why I was healed. The Divinity wanted me to share with people this blessed way of surviving.
Restoration of faith – rejuvenation of soul – restoration of vital energy – restoration of physical functions – improvement of digestion, assimilation and elimination – active detoxification – restoration of the bio-chemical balance – strengthening of the immune system. Alleluia!
So, what is the fundamental basis in creating of inner peace, health and success in all the times and under all the circumstances? Awakening of faith and restoration of our in-born, genuine connection with the Divinity.
By Angelic Tarasio
“Awakening of Faith Article Series”
Why did I write my trilogy "God's Miracles in Lives of Regular People"? by Angelic Tarasio
“Awakening of Faith Article Series”
Our Creator is merciful and gives us all the opportunities for enlightenment of souls and minds, strengthening physical bodies and mental health. As it was mentioned in the previous article, people need to keep strong bond with the Divinity for creating and sustaining the bio-energetic and bio-chemical balances within the body. I must say that not only the physical concepts are so important. I’ll explain it a little bit further.
The experience that I accumulated for over twenty years in our Integrative Medicine practice confirmed that great number of modern-day people are not aware of importance of their steady connection with the Divinity and not ready to restore it. Many of the God’s children of different ages tried to be “independent, rebellious and self-sufficient” by any means honest or deceitful. They wanted to be successful, healthy and happy without Father’s blessing and supportive input. They took a risk, investing time, assets and strength into something false-hearted that didn’t give them the desired sense of fulfillment or did not succeed at the end. Multiple unsuccessful projects, bringing our clients severe emotional distress. People should not wait until the situation is dangerously aggravated to the emotional collapse, physical failure, project fiasco, and financial crash?
What kept our clients apart from the Creator? The answer is apparent – contamination of the soul with negative energy through temptations, unhealthy pleasures or painful emotions, atheistic influences, sins and fear to be connected to somebody, who sees and reaches us in any place of our existence, and phobia to lose freedom of thoughts, deeds and words, especially when they are unethical.
Majority of our clients tried to restore their deteriorated health with taking handfuls of drugs (pharmaceutical or recreational), undergoing different surgical treatments, radiation and chemo-therapies. All these methods always failed with the individuals whose souls were seriously neglected and darkened. As a rule, the individual of this type lost their spiritual balance, as a human being long time ago and, as a chain reaction, his/her bio-energetic and bio-chemical balances of the body were also destroyed. The immoral life-style contaminates the mind, soul and body to the level of serious physical health or psycho-emotional disorders.
The healing starts from detoxification of the soul, mind and body and restoration of the psycho-spiritual, bio-energetic and bio-chemical balances of the individual. If you are not purified and the ruined balances are not restored, there is no rejuvenation of health to its full extent. So, what are the initial steps to healing? How does the strengthened bond with the Divinity affect the entire human being?
You restore the damaged connection with the Higher source of energy and life through regular/daily spiritual activities - mindful meditations/praying, sincere repentance in sin(s) and whenever possible rectification of the relationships or situations that were damaged by unhealthy state of being. It does not matter that you committed the wrong deeds long time ago, but your consciousness marked them, as sins, and engraved them in your memory (subconscious mind where they cause harm until they are consciously acknowledged, cleansed, desensitized and enlightened). These spiritual activities allow you to release the negative energy, which was generated by you or picked up at the moment of wrong deed, and re-charge it with the positive one from the Higher source. Re-charging of the soul with God’s energy purifies your soul and reinstates its glow and vibration with improvement of inner strength and serenity.
Why do we need inner strength? Inner strength helps us to face the truth in order to get rid of fears, uncertainty, anxieties, dissatisfaction, depression, as well as disturbing feelings. Very soon, you stop blaming the fate, beloved, friends, colleagues, circumstances and even the Creator for your miserable life or misfortune.
The sincere praying restores the light and vibration of the soul. It promotes its transformation. A strong healthy vibration of the soul due to constant recharging of vital force energy assist people to reconnect to the Higher-self and get rid of fatigue condition of mind and body. It increases their mental and physical productivity. God’s blessing that comes to us during the meditation supplies us with bliss, inner peace and creativity.
The insufficient level of vital force energy affects the vitally important functions of the body, starting with:
- Digestion of foods
- Assimilation/absorption of nutrients from the intestines
- Elimination of toxic metabolic waste from the body
With depletion of these vitally important functions, the process of body intoxication begins. It leads to overload of the liver, kidneys and lymphatic system with toxic metabolic waste. Usually, weight gain starts at this level. If the connection with the Divinity is not restored and the level of bio-energy is still low then the immune system stops working and the process of natural body detoxification subsides. It leads to the liver and kidneys disorders, circulatory/heart stresses, elevation of blood pressure, deterioration of concentration and memory, cell degeneration, cell mutation and formation of the cancerous cells on subatomic level.
When the Lord gave me this understanding and opportunity to test with great result the process of complete detoxification (simultaneously: soul, mind and body) on myself, I felt necessary to share my knowledge with other people. I believe that I was blessed with discovery the major cause of health and mental disorders at the present time, and the justification why not everyone can be healed.
Being a nutrition counselor, I implemented meditation/prayer technique in individual Nutritional programs of my clients. Here are the steps to complete healing. With God all things are possible.
- Restoration of faith.
- Rejuvenation of soul, inner strength, peace and creativity.
- Strengthening of vital force energy, physical endurance and productivity.
- Restoration of essentially important physiological functions: digestion of foods, assimilation of nutrients and elimination of metabolic waste.
- Intensive detoxification of soul, mind and body. Do not procrastinate! The time might be limited.
- Restoration of bio-energetic balance of the body.
- Restoration of bio-chemical balance of the body.
- Strengthening of the immune system.
So, what is the fundamental basis in creating of inner peace, health and success at all the times and under all the circumstances? Awakening of faith and restoration of our in-born, genuine connection with the Divinity.
By Angelic Tarasio
“Awakening of Faith Article Series”
Let me introduce myself, I am a regular person, published under pseudonym Angelic Tarasio when I was blessed from above to write a trilogy about miracles that happened in the lives of the regular people. The initial publication of my first book “Mother Maria” did not include my biographical data. Why? Not due to something extraordinary that I had to hide from my readers. I did not want to distract the attention from my book.
It was my first serious step into the world of literature, and everyone wanted to see different aspects of my personality, including education, talents, interests, number of marriages, romances, relationship with my children and who they are, my points of view for political and economic changes, personal tastes and stores, my preference for shopping, cars I drive, etc.
As for me, the book “Mother Maria” was #1. I meant, it was supposed to be the focal point in my new project. My understanding of faith and its meaning in surviving, overcoming hardships and achievement of success was more important than the detailed introduction of my personality. Serious and inspirational reading had to be introduced to the world at the moment of global crisis of 2008, when people could find it helpful and supportive, that’s why I did not want to mention from the very beginning anything not related to the book content.
I wanted my readers to see a book, read it and realize that with God everything is possible. It’s my major belief and my credo. My life in this world is a proof of this statement that I inherited from my mother-in-law Countess Maria Kotyk-Kurbatov, who is the main character of the trilogy “God’s Miracles in the Lives of Regular People”.
In the very first paragraph, I expressed my opinion about regularity of my personality. It’s true. I was born in atheistic family and in the country, where the word “God” was forbidden. I studied well, and the school teachers noticed my gift to creative writing. From childhood, I was writing a journal, describing the daily events in the form of poems and stories.
What is my education? I got married when we were students. I studied English and German and became a teacher of these languages with Degree and Diploma. In a year, my first child was born. I was a good student and the foreign languages and literatures were not difficult subjects for me. My son is fluent in English from childhood and he has studied German easily just because he has visited all the lectures with his mother from the very first moment of my pregnancy. I am joking, but there is some sense in it.
In the USA, I have changed my major for nutrition. Why? My ex-husband opened his Center for Integrative medicine, where he combined some aspects of conventional and holistic medicines together. He needed a nutritional consultant for elaboration of the individual nutritional programs based on the results of his evaluation and different tests. I had always enjoyed studying, and I found nutrition, as a very interesting and really important part of medicine.
Many years of work in holistic medicine gave me the understanding of how to improve the health of people through nutrition and healthy cooking. We should include in middle and high school health education program the basics of nutritional science. Learning about safe sex is important, but knowledge of healthy nutrition could be even more important for young generations, especially in sense of preventing overweight, indigestion, auto-intoxication and development of disease. If I was not blessed with nutritional research for cancer patients, I would not be in this world. Maybe, it is not so beneficial for pharmaceutical and health insurance companies? Oh, well…
Number of my marriages? Two. I consider that both men fulfilled their parts in my life and lives of our children. With time, our interests and feelings changed. I wished them all the best in this life and let them go. Not every man can endure what life puts on my path.
Who are my children? I was blessed to have two of them, a son and a daughter. They are my love, pride, hope and accomplishment. I hope, they love their mother, too. I am grateful to the Creator for them. Two of them are successful in medical field. I believe that it requires patience, intensive work, experience and with God everything delightful will be possible in their lives. I have two grandchildren.
What are my talents, interests, hobbies and tastes? I like how God creates people. He supplies every single one with different talents, interests and tastes. I enjoy writing books. I consider my motherhood, successful teaching, and helpful counseling of sick people, as the gifts from God. Reading books, listening to music, knitting and crochet are my hobbies.
What stores do I visit frequently and what do I like to buy? My tastes are individual, as the tastes of most of the people of my age. I am not a strict debutante in closing, but at the same time, bohemian style is not a hundred percent mine, as well. I like my Chanel, Cartier and Louis Vuitton accessories, glasses and fine jewelry. Like most of the women, I enjoy visiting different department stores, but I do not like to do it frequently and without purpose. It’s wasting of time, and I am still busy person. I am not a person who checks the labels first. I wear what I like and what fits me well. The quality and natural fabrics are more important for me.
What car I prefer to drive? My car Mercedes-Benz G55 satisfied me well. However, the necessity to have a wheelchair accessible van for my daughter’s electric chair proved that Toyota Sienna has its benefits, as well.
What is my point of view on the global changes connected with Corona virus? It cannot be described, as negative, positive or just okay. It affected all of us. It’s time to reassess the past, make important changes in our lives, deepen our relationships with self and loved once. We need to strengthen our connection with the Divinity. He is our Healer, Protector, Provider and Hope. With God everything is possible.
By Angelic Tarasio
“Awakening of Faith Article Series”
In my dedication to the 2nd book of the Trilogy “God’s Miracles in Lives of Regular People” I named my husband’s family and millions of other people, who underwent the terror of Stalin’s repressions. This trilogy motivates modern generations to learn from historical negative experiences of 20th century with bringing socialism in countries under bloody communist dictatorships that globally killed around ONE BILLION innocent people. I understood that it is necessary to make an explanation of the ugly, inhuman policy of Marxism, Soviet communist leaders and how it influenced the whole world.
For the people with normal mentality it is difficult to understand the strategy of the USSR, the first communist country, aimed at keeping different nations, nationalities and sovereign countries under constant fear, purges, arrests, tortures and executions. The communist leaders covered their satanic deeds under the slogans with promises of ideal life under the communism. The rulers themselves lived under the communism, receiving all the welfare people can imagine and dream about. All of state goods belong to them and none of communist rulers were waiting for the communism to be built in order to share these goods with “a new nation unity, named the soviet people”.
In this introduction I shall give some brief description of how the totalitarian communist regime affected the life of millions of people and I promise to use only authentic historical facts. Besides the knowledge of the family history I spent days, weeks, months and years with the research of the historical materials illustrating a very important experience in history of mankind. At the present time, there are many books which describe the absurdity and cruelty of the soviet dictatorship of workers and peasants. There was no other state structure in the world that in reality was so much against the growth of personal welfare of their citizens. There was no any other political system that ratified its power through the repeal of all the human laws, humiliation and annulment of their own population, as the Russian surrogate of the communist party, government and forceful GPU/NKVD/KGB security services.
I spent a lot of time in research and studying the subjects that I mentioned to my readers. Besides of my deep research of “The communist Manifesto” and “Das Kapital” written by Karl Marx, I still remember the classes of Dialectic communism and Political economy, when I took them in the University, as “must learn” subjects. In the communist countries, nobody could obtain the Diploma without high grades in those two subjects.
The knowledge of the subject and my own experience of living half of my life under the communist dictatorship gave me the right to conclude once again that Karl Marx, as the father of communism could not accept his own poverty, as God’s will. People need to work in order to make the appropriate living for their families. The Marx’s theory of dialectic materialism was created by rather poor man who had never been involved in development of his own enterprise or even small business, and who was far from the reality predicting the end of capitalism. All his blaming ideas regarding “surplus value” were bases not on logical conclusions after scientific observations and experimental proofs of capitalist development, but on personal hatred towards those who had already learned how to start and successfully grow the profitable company, enterprise, or concern. Marx created his dangerous for every society “Critical Theory” that aimed to dig beneath the surface of social life and change it. “The Manifesto” with its critique of capitalism led to Marx being expelled from Germany.
Life changes in communist countries proved that it was easy for Marx to be critical and detrimental. Marx fantasized for “economic equality” through abolition of private property, abolition of all rights of inheritance, confiscation of lands, plants, factories, banks, houses and mines, and concentrating them in the hands of proletariat - workers and peasants. Instead of development of progressive and efficiently growing system, Karl Marx created the system of total destruction of economy and agriculture, starvation and misery of the population, as well as unlimited control of communist dictatorship over the citizens.
Marx’s ideals gave rise to furious, bloody revolutions in different countries, where brothers killed brothers, if they did not follow the same ideology. Marx’s communist ideology also states that these revolutions should spread across the globe. We must be grateful to Divinity, that stopped and terminated the expansion of Communism, as the huge red octopus which started its growth and development in the USSR and spread its poisonous idea of “economic equality” to many countries of the world with transforming them into socialist countries under the dictatorship of the proletariat. Marxism and Socialism have proved to be colossal failures all over the world.
Most people who are pro-communism in the way Marx taught it did not live in the countries where 10 principles of communism had their practical application. The illiterate governments of workers and peasants were successful with forceful abolition, confiscation and elimination of bourgeoisie, landlords and clergy, as “part of humanity unworthy of existence”. The authors of “Black Book of Communism” Stéphane Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Jean-Louis Panné, Andrzej Paczkowski and Karel Bartosek accented that communism and Nazism are slightly different totalitarian systems. The primary difference between Nazism and Communism is that the communist model is based on the class system: “Who was nobody became everything.” While Nazi model was based on race. Both systems are genocidal. Nazis murdered 25 million victims. The communist regimes killed over a billion people in the USSR and other communist countries.
The communist/ bolshevik revolution of 1917 made Russia the poorest nation in Europe. The revolution was driven more than anything else by hatred of illiterate in its mass workers, homeless and unemployed people and some part of the poorest peasants. They attempted to eliminate the class enemies, who Stalin identified as the “enemies of the people”.
Who belonged to those “class enemies”? Nobles, clergy, landowners, owners of the banks, companies, plants and factories, shop and hotel keepers, ex-policemen, ex-tsarist civil offices clerks, ex-White/tsarist Army officers, ex-members of bourgeois parties and government. Stalin blamed them for the fiscal misery of the nation.
The new rulers took fast measures to “liquidate their enemies, as a class.” In 1928 the government
- fired thousands of “class enemies” from their jobs;
- denied civil rights of those people;
- deprive them of ration/food cards in order they and their families starved and died;
- denied them the right to receive medical care;
- evoked them out of their homes and apartments or left just one room for the entire family and settle “revolutionaries” in the rest of the house.
The communist party and Stalin gave voice to the most despotic tyranny and dictatorship that ever existed. To think in a different way was forbidden. Stalin demonstrated his repressive mentality when he stated, “Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?”
In 1929 Stalin had become the supreme leader of the USSR. Beginning in early 1930, the demonic regime initiated a campaign to rid the country of “entrepreneurs” – mostly self-employed shopkeepers and craftsmen, who operated tiny, one-person businesses. They were by no means wealthy people and 93.3% had no employees at all. However, as “capitalists”, they were regarded as “socially undesirable elements” and were punished by a tax hike of 1,000%, as well as the confiscation of their business inventory. A December 1930 decree designated more than 30 different categories of citizens to be deprived of their civil rights, housing rights, access to health care and ration/food cards.
The system grew a special category of “spy” neighbors, who were scared to death by the security services and submitted their reports about “the forbidden underground activity of their neighbors.” My aunt had three children and a sick husband. She was a professional designer of clothing and a tailor. Considering the fact that at that time, there was impossible to find any ready-made clothing for adults and children at the stores, she could hardly find the possibility to make some income, working at home. The customers brought the fabric and my poor aunt worked secretly in constant fear for bread, flour, milk and potatoes that the women paid her with. I remember, how in 1950s, she continued to keep her old Singer sewing machine hidden from the eyes of inspectors in the basement in order not to destine her five-member family for starvation.
The bizarre idea of Marx’ social equality and social justice meant in practice that 25 million peasant farmers would not be paid their wages for their labor but would instead produce the agricultural output entirely to the state, which would in turn allow them to keep a modest share for their own survival needs. Had it happened in reality? Never.
In practice this meant that a nation which had been Europe’s breadbasket under the tsarist regime experienced famine and chronic agricultural scarcity until the system collapsed. The peasant farmers were completely demoralized by Stalin 1932 decree for total collectivization. The commissars took away cattle animals, horses and poultry from the farmers, as well as their lands and grain and potato supply for a new farmers’ year. More than 12 million peasants flooded Russian cities. As my grandmother described, “We were driven by the only thought, where to find some food for children, because our poor kids were dying, as flies. We suffered for two years in our village, buried our daughter and decided to move to the city. Nobody was allowed to do it without passports, but my brother from Kursk helped me and four children to move and my poor husband Adrian could hardly survive another year in the village. In a year, when I visited our home village, I could barely find 30% of survived villagers there. Many people died and many people escaped from formally beautiful and rich village. My village looked empty and unfamiliar to me, when I arrived secretly to visit my husband.”
Exactly at that time, Stalin and NKVD created the infamous GULAG archipelago, a chain of slave labor camps in Siberia. Mass number of peasants was sent there or executed by soviet henchmen. Another huge number of peasant families were deported to remote wild regions of the country, where before none of human had inhabited.
Collectivization of peasant farms had its most cataclysmic effect in Ukraine, where in 1932-1933 Stalin turned famine into a tool of genocide. Identifying relatively rich Ukrainian peasantry, as an enemy to proletarian revolution he sent the special units of NKVD and army to Ukraine, Caucasus and the lower Volga river region to confiscate the peasants’ lands, supply, and create intentionally a famine throughout the ethnic-Ukrainian areas. This resulted in the death of more than 10 million Ukrainian people. The communist government followed one purpose in this calamity: they wanted to break the resistance of Ukrainian farmers to the confiscation of their lands, cattle, horses and poultry farms and force them to accept the socialism.
Between August 1932 and December 1933 more than 125,000 people were arrested and sentenced; about 5,400 were executed. It was the beginning of mass deportation of people to GULAG. Records show that in 1932, some 71,236 “specially displaced deportees” were sent to the camps. In 1934 this number climbed to 268,091.
The NKVD commissars and soviet inspectors continued their search for hidden grains and produce. They were allowed to torture people. The documents of the GPU/NKVD mentioned that among their methods of torturing were the following:
- the suspected victims were always unmercifully beaten;
- the peasants were stripped bare and exposed to freezing temperatures;
- sometimes they were stretched out and scalded on white-hot stove before being placed in freezing temperatures;
- the peasants’ feet and clothing were doused with gasoline and set ablaze; the flames were then snuffed out and this procedure was repeated until they revealed where the grain was hidden or they could be burned to the level of severe damage and death;
- groups of peasants were lined up against the wall in front of their families and neighbors for simulated and rather often real execution.
The communist party and soviet government suspended the sale of railway tickets in regions affected by the famine. Their aim was to trap people inside the hunger zone, with no chance to escape, and let them slowly starve to death.
One of the regions affected most severely by the famine was the Ukrainian city of Kharkov. An Italian consul stationed there described in horrific detail the events that took place in that city: “Along with peasants who flock to the towns because there is no hope for survival in the countryside, there are also children who are simply brought here and abundant by their parents, who then return to their villages to die. Their hope is that someone in the town will be able to look after their children…” They were collected and taken to the nearest militia stations.
“That’s where all the children who are found in stations and on trains, the peasant families, the old homeless people and all the peasants that were picked up during the day are gathered together… A medical team does a sort of selection process… Anyone who is not yet swollen up and still has a chance of survival is directed to a specific area. People who are already started to swell up are moved out on goods trains and abundant about 40 miles out of town, so that they can die out of sight. When they arrive at the destination, huge ditches are dug, and the dead and half dead are carried out of the wagons.”
The artificially created famine affected 40 million of people, including those 10 million who died from it and those who suffered through it and survived.
In 1934, for one year and two months 6, 500 people were sentenced for the crime of terrorism and immediately executed. In 1935 through 1937, the astronomical numbers of sentences handed down by NKVD: 267,000 in1935; 274, 000 in 1936 and in a single operation in 1937 more than 259,000 people were arrested and nearly 73,000 were executed.
According to soviet nuclear physicist and academician Andrei Sakharov, more than 1.2 million members of the communist party were arrested between 1936 and 1939; of these, at least 600,000 were killed through torture, execution, and confinement in the concentration camps of GULAG.
Stalin’s repressions also sent thousands of scientists, writers, publishers, journalists, theater directors, actors, ballet dancers, high-ranking officers of the Red army, doctors, and engineers to Gulag, prisons or executioners. They were sentenced for the “wrong political or philosophical views”.
In the latest pre-war wave of terror in 1940-41, soviet authorities provided the “complete liquidation” of the clergy, a mission they have started right after the revolution and continued in the late 1920s. The purge against the clergy and the religion, as the communist considered, the poisonous “opium for people” resulted in the arrests of thousands of priests and nearly all bishops. Most of them were executed and the rest sent to forced labor camps of GULAG.
The statistics of 1936 shows that 21,000 churches and monasteries were active in the USSR and, in the beginning of 1941, fewer than 1,000 were functioning. The number of officially registered clerics nationwide declined from over 24,000 in 1936 to about 5,665 in early 1941.
During 1937-1938, NKVD arrested 1,575 million people. My grandfather Adrian was one among them. 1,345 million received some sentence – 85.4% and 681,692 were executed – 51%. This was an average of more than 20,000 executions monthly.
For death sentences no appeals were permitted and the executions were usually carried out within a few days. The number of political prisoners in Gulag grew significantly. In 1929 there have been approximately 55,000 prisoners; in 1935 their number reached 965,000 prisoners; in 1941 the Gulag population doubled from 1935 to nearly 2 million, to be more accurate it was 1.93 million people. In addition to that number the regular soviet prisons were packed with 462,000 inmates. Somewhere 20-35% of the prisoners were released each year, but it did not mean a genuine freedom, in most of the cases it was house arrest or exile.
In 1940 the Soviet Union annexed the territories of Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and the NKVD deported from the occupied territories more than 60,000 people.
When WWII started, the difficult conditions of prisoners in Gulags deteriorated. The camps commonly did not receive any food supplies for weeks or months. During the winter of 1942-43, 25% of all Gulag prisoners died from starvation. Over the entire war more than 2 million prisoners of Gulags perished in Siberian camps.
When the WWII was over, Stalin announced that all the soviet citizens who had been detained in foreign prisons, concentration and labor camps, as well as those who were forcefully taken by Nazis for slavery work in Germany during the war should now be classified as traitors and should be executed or deported to GULAG camps. Thus some 1.5 million new innocent victims were shipped straight to GULAG.
The post-war period was not much easier for the population of the USSR and especially the population of new annexed lands of Baltic republics – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as Western Ukraine. These countries were fighting for their independence. The NKVD was given all the rights for arrests, interrogations, inquisition and extirpation of the local population of the western lands in order to break the resistance.
Soviet archival data states that on October 9, 1944, 1 NKVD Division, 8 NKVD brigades, and NKVD cavalry regiment with the total number of 26,304 NKVD soldiers stationed in Western Ukraine. In addition, 2 regiments with 1,500 and 1,200 persons, 1 battalion (517 men) and 3 armored trains with 100 additional soldiers each, as well as 1 border guards regiment and 1 unit were relocated to reinforce them.
Mass arrests of suspected UPA (Ukrainian Partisan Army) members, their informants or family members were conducted among the civil population. Between February 1944 and May 1946, over 250,000 were arrested in Western Ukraine. All the arrested underwent beating and tortures. The reports exist of the facts when the suspected prisoners were burned alive. Many arrested women believed to be affiliated with UPA were subjected to torture, deprivation and rape at the hands of NKVD in order to force them to reveal UPA members’ identities and locations or to turn them into soviet double-agents. Mutilated corpses of captured rebels were put on public display. Ultimately, between 1944 and 1952, more than 600,000 were arrested and 200,000 (one-third) were executed in annexed zones. The rest were imprisoned in GULAG or exiled. The resistance continued in some arias until 1956. The last deportations were directed against the clergy and farmers.
The intense Russification program and propaganda for communism was implemented in schools of all levels. The religious families were strictly persecuted, priests were murdered, churches were closed and turned into the storage depots and clubs. In all the annexed territories tribunals were set up to sentence “traitors to the people” and “people’s enemies” and provide their prompt liquidation. The Russification program included massive immigration of Russians into the Baltic countries and Western Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of migrants were relocated from different parts of the Soviet Union “to assist” with industrialization, collectivization and militarization of the annexed countries.
Immediate confiscation and execution within 24 hours were decreed for diplomats abroad who refused to recognize the new regime and return to their native countries. Later orders expended the list of repressions, included anyone related to the person in hiding from a new government or who had fled abroad.
For two Soviet occupations approximately 150,000 Latvians ended up in exile in Arctic, Siberia GULAG or in Kazakhstan uncivilized areas. More than 200,000 Estonians were deported during pre-war and post-war Soviet occupation. In addition, at least 75,000 Estonians were sent directly to GULAG. More than 157,000 of Lithuanians were arrested, part of them was murdered and the rest deported to GULAG or the areas where the surviving was extremely difficult. No wonder that half of the deported perished during the initial years of hardships. The other half were not allowed to return to their native lands until the early 1960s. By that time really huge number of people died in exile.
Recently, we learned the horrible facts about secret assassinations, arrests and death sentences for 25,000 Poles, mainly Polish officers, who “disappeared” from the annexed territories of Poland and Baltic countries.
In April 1940, NKVD shot 11 Polish generals, 1 admiral, 77 colonels, 197 lieutenant colonels, 541 majors, 1,441 captains, 6,061 lieutenants and other ranks, 18 chaplains, the chief rabbi of the Polish army, together with Polish civil service representatives and bourgeoisie. There were also a few women among secretly deported victims and one of them was Janine Lewandowska, the Polish aviator.
NKVD set up for them eight camps on the properties of the closed monasteries, surrounded by high fences. Nobody could see the captured and get in contact with them. Here prisoners starved and froze in pigsties and derelict sheds. All of the Poles were charged with “struggling against the international communist movement” and found guilty in Kiev and Moscow trials.
The Katyn massacres, in which 22,000 polish officers, policemen, clergy and civil servants were murdered by NKVD, are the examples of senseless and brutal crimes of Stalin’s period. The prisoners were transported to the execution sites in the forest around Katyn. The eliminating contingent of NKVD was equipped with German weapons and ammunition. A total of fifty executioners were used and each evening a victim count was telegraphed to Moscow. They could be lost forever, but 4,143 bodies were exhumed by the German occupants in 1943. These victims suffered: they were stood in groups by open pits, many of them had their hands bound with barbed wire and some had nooses around their necks. Others and clergy among them were not taken to the forests, they were shot in Smolensk prison in an underground execution chamber and their bodies stacked in pits. In October the chief of NKVD Beria rewarded the executioners with an extra month salary, and the organizers were awarded with medals and other kinds of state awards.
As the shooting ended in mid-April, the unsuspecting families were sent to the Arctic to build a railway to cold mines of Vorkuta.
Stalin’s NKVD officer Ezhov shot more Poles in 1937-1938, but they were citizens of the USSR and continued to deport Poles from Poland. 140,000 Poles were sent to Kolyma to the permafrost area. Their wives and children were exiled for 10 years to Kazakhstan in April 1940. One week before Hitler attacked, over 30,000 Ukrainians were taken per one night from Romania – Bessarabia and Bukovina. Until June 1941, Poles, Ukrainians, Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians were railroaded east to Siberia and wilderness of Komi soviet republic.
When Hitler defeated France, the soviet intelligence service admitted that it was madness to slaughter the cream de la cream of the Polish army. In August, Stalin understood the mistake and Beria was ordered to release the survived Poles from GULAG camps and formed two Polish brigades of officers. In 1941, two-thirds of Polish inmates were retrieved to fight against the Nazis.
The soviet atheistic propaganda worked internationally to the degree that even Spanish leftists became evil and took a photo that later was wildly spread by the Soviet anti-religious propaganda. The picture was made at the moment, when a group of Spanish men was shooting at the stature of Jesus Christ during the civil war in Spain. I doubt that it could be possible in the country of faith in 1930s even in the fire of Civil war without satanic propaganda of the USSR. The leaders of the proletarian revolution flared up the political fight in Spain, involving the International communist brigades from other countries.
The Soviet book of history described, how poor population suffered in Spain from clergy and landowners, and how they were explored and, exactly as in old Russia, when they could not live in accordance with the old rules, so they became the revolutionaries. The republicans were communists, unemployed workers, landless peasants and revolutionary anarchists. They were even called “the reds”, as the revolutionary forces in Russia. All those forces were gathered under the Republic Popular Army, which was supported by volunteers from the Soviet Union with their multiple pilot, tank units and other weapons.
Mexican and International brigades from other countries were taken parts in the Civil war of the sovereign country of Spain. Roughly 30,000 communists, trade unionists or foreigners of 53 nations guided and controlled by Moscow NKVD fought in Spain. None of them mentioned that it was invasion into the life of a country with its history, strong faith and culture. Spain became the land of hatred, treachery of God, and destruction. At least one million people were killed during the civil war and about 7,000 of them were clerics. Churches, convents and monasteries were attacked and destroyed. Thirteen bishops, 4,184 priests, 283 nuns, 2,365 monks were killed during the war. Numerous repressive actions were committed or organized by soviet NKVD.
Nobody wanted to prevent the senseless war. On the contrary, in the early days of the war, over 50,000 people who were arrested on the “wrong” side of the fronts were assassinated or executed. During the Spanish civil war, NKVD agents, acting in conjunction with the communist party of Spain, exercised substantial control over the republican government, using soviet military aid for further influence. The NKVD established numerous secret prisons around Madrid, which were used to detain, torture, and murder hundreds of NKVD enemies, at first focusing on Spanish Nationalists and Catholics.
From late 1938, the anarchists and Trotskyites became the objects of NKVD persecution. In June of 1937, Andres Nin, the secretary of the anti-Stalinist Marxist party, was tortured and murdered in NKVD prison. Many interesting facts were discovered and opened in 1992, when the archive of NKVD/KGB was released. Two Canadian journalists prepared a documentary on Nin’s assassination. They found two letters of Alexander Orlov, the chief of Soviet NKVD in Spain. One letter was dated May 23, 1937 and explained how the material linking Nin with the fascists was fabricated. The other letter, dated July 24, 1937, gave detailed report on NKVD involvement in the torture and killing of Nin, who being a Marxist, provided criticism of Stalin’s dictatorship. The second letter written after Nin’s death identified the place, where the victim’s body lay. Nobody had known before that the NKVD buried his mutilated corpse between two highways in Spain.
Not so many people were familiar with the policy that USSR provided in the countries liberated from the Nazi Germany. The USSR considered itself a winner in the WWII and had not presented a liberal and humane policy to many countries of Europe. Shortly after the end of the war, the NKVD created a chain of internment camps in Europe. In Eastern Germany of 11 camps, 4 were established in former Nazi camps, including Buchenwald, named as Special camp #2. Camp inmates were primarily members of the Nazi party, the SS, members of the previous government, nobility, landowners, clergy and capitalists – owners of the factories, plants, banks, stores, and railroads.
Less than for 12 months all the camps were stuffed with former Social democrats, communists, critics of the Socialist Unitary Party and the relatives of SED members. Norman Naimark, the author of “Stalin and the fate of Europe,” labels those camps, as death camps.
NKVD imprisoned the total of 120,000 inmates, of which 42,907 died in the camps for the period running from 1945-1949. The number is huge. Nevertheless, Naimark did not believe in these numbers, presented in the reports of NKVD, and considered that they could be different and achieve 120,000 to 140,000 individuals perished in the camps, out of greater number of imprisoned people. Just uranium mining had killed enormous number of inmates. The project of nuclear weapons was under the watchful eye of Beria, the head of NKVD. Soviet authorities employed the forced labor of German imprisoned scientists and workers. Nobody was allowed to check the work conditions on the object of top secret and the inmates were dying without somebody’s control and recording.
The civil population of the Eastern Germany, who did not flee anywhere, suffered by taking the burden of Red army rules: murder, rape, robbery and expulsion. For example, in the East Prussian city of Konigsberg, in August 1945, approximately 100,000 Germans lived there after the Red army conquered the city. Only 20,000 were still there in 1948. After the Soviet capture of Berlin in 1945, one of the largest and most horrible cases of mass rape occurred. Tens of thousands of women and girls were raped until winter 1947-48, when the soviet occupation authorities confined the Soviet troops to strictly guarded military bases, completely separating them from the residential population of Eastern Germany.
The Soviet Union did not recognize the entry of the tsarist Russia to the Hague Conventions 1899 and 1907, as binding for itself and refused to sign it until 1955. This resulted in barbaric treatment of POW (prisoners of war). Throughout the WWII, more than 300,000 German, French, Romanian, Hungarian and other captives died. The POW were not released right after the war, but kept until 1956 under similar conditions, as before.
The Soviet Union demonstrated its totalitarian policy regarding any political changes in the policies of the “brothers’ socialist countries”. The Hungarian revolution of 1956 was a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the pro-Stalinist government of Hungary. The revolt began, as a massive student demonstration moving through central Budapest to the Parliament building. A student delegation entered the radio building in attempt to broadcast their demands. The delegation was detained. The demonstrators insisted in the release of their delegators. The State Security Police answered with fire from within the radio building.
The revolt spread quickly through Hungary, and the government fell. Pro-Soviet communists were executed or imprisoned, as former prisoners were released and armed. On November 4, 1956 a large Soviet military force invaded Budapest and other regions of Hungary. The resistance of Hungarians lasted until November 10. Over 2,500 Hungarian and 700 Soviet troops were killed in the conflict, and about 200,000 Hungarians fled, as refugees, escaping the purges of KGB. Mass arrests and demonstrations continued for months after. By January 1957, the new Soviet-installed government had suppressed the public opposition, and the democratic block was deprived to provide any changes.
The experience of the Soviet Union in establishment of the communist dictatorship in other countries had a long history. Another example is the Soviet intrusions in the life and political structure of the Czechoslovakia. The country underwent serious losses during the WWII. The Soviet Union prepared the members of the communist party for leading the country under the banner of communism. In 1948 the communists took power in the country under the ideological orientation of the USSR. The country was declared a people’s republic – the first step toward socialism and communism.
Dissident elements, including the Catholic church, were purged from all levels of society. The entire educational system was separated from the church and submitted to state control. The private ownership in all the fields of social life was eliminated. Czechoslovakia became a satellite of the Soviet Union.
A new constitution was passed through the National Assembly of Czechoslovakia, and although in theory, the country became a multiparty state. In actuality, the communists were in complete control. Stalin’s paranoia resulted in periodical “cleansing” the parties of the Soviet Union and the satellite countries. In all the countries, they accused opponents in “high treason” in order to remove them from the position of power. The NKVD and local security services provided large-scale arrests of Communists with an international background, veterans of Spanish war, Jews and Slovak bourgeois nationalists. The arrests were followed by show trails. The first secretary of the communist party Rudolf Slansky was executed and other 13 prominent communists were sentenced in November and December 1952 to death or forced labor in prison camps. Approximately 2.5 million people in March 1948 began to be subjected to merciless scrutiny. By 1960 the membership of the communist party in Czechoslovakia has been reduced to 1.4 million.
The Soviet Union insisted in providing the policy of total collectivization of agriculture in Czechoslovakia. A new Constitution declared the government’s intention to collectivize agriculture. The United Agricultural cooperatives were to be founded on a “voluntary” basis. The scenario of the USSR suggested the discriminatory policies to be employed that ruined the wealthy and hardworking peasants – “kulaks” (feasts). The collectivization was completed by 1960, but agricultural production declined seriously. The main inhuman and senseless policy of the USSR was fulfilled – the country was cleared from wealthy individuals in all the aspects of social life. In 1959, the pre-war level of production was not met. The communist policy destroyed the most experienced and productive farmers and provoked peasantry for sabotage. Nobody wanted to work hard, as they did not receive anything for their work.
In 1960, the Constitution of Czechoslovakia declared the victory of socialism and proclaimed Czechoslovakia Socialist Republic. In reality, in the early 1960s, the economy of the country was stagnant, and the industrial growth rate was the lowest in Europe. In 1963, big number of communists insisted in providing the reforms in the country. The reform-minded communists expressed criticism of economic planning, bureaucratic control of the communist party and ideological conformity.
The leaders of the communist party of Czechoslovakia arranged the consultations with Brezhnev and Central committee of the USSR. At the beginning, they were not suggested to respond with new purges and trails against the criticism, as it had happened before in 1949-54. Brezhnev, being a new leader of the USSR, saw the picture differently from Stalin, and some hardliners were removed from top levels of government positions and replaced with younger and more liberal communists. Democratic centralism was redefined, placing a stronger emphasis on democracy. The leading role of the communist party was reaffirmed but limited. The country was expecting full implementation of the reform program.
For some term, the soviet leaders were watching the development of Czechoslovakia, but in August 1967, the leaders of the Soviet Union expressed their concern regarding the shift of Czechoslovakia toward the “bourgeois” development with the establishment of pluralism – several political parties, and Soviet troops enter the country. The leader of Czechoslovakia Dubcek did not expect the invasion of the USSR on the territory of his country and did not mobilize the army to resist this invasion.
KGB ordered to arrest Dubcek on the night of August 20th, and he was delivered to Moscow for “negotiations”. The outcome was the Brezhnev’s doctrine of “limited sovereignty”, which requested the strengthening of the communist party, strict party control of the media, and full suppression of Czechoslovak Social Democratic party. A program of “normalization” entailed political repressions: a new purge of the reformist elements. 54 members of the Central Committee were replaced and about 500,000 members of the communist party were expelled from the communist party. The Publishing houses, radio, television and film studios were placed under strict control of the communist party, and their activity was re-directed. A final campaign of “militant atheism” was organized. The Soviet troops remained stationed in Czechoslovakia, forcing the security apparatus to become the most ardent advocates of proletarian internationalism and communism. Only with the crush of the Soviet empire, Czechoslovakia, as all the rest of “satellite countries”, received its independence.
Not all the facts of the totalitarian Soviet criminal regime were mentioned in the article. We know about its intrusion in the countries of Africa, Asia and Middle East. I do not want to compare, but some countries have the tendency to repeat the same historical mistakes. The politicians must learn their responsibilities for the results of their incorrect decisions. The world needs peace. If we cannot be close brothers and sisters, we must remember that we all are the children of ONE FATHER. Only the complete understanding of this phenomenon can give us the chance of finding peace and happiness, love and success in the hardships of modern life.
Up to the present time, the Stalin’s terror had not received comparable recognition, as Nazism, Holocaust or atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The world needs to learn more evil facts of suppressed democracy in human history. The documents of NKVD crimes were not exposed to the right extend in the museums and educational programs. It’s understandable that present Russia is not responsible for the purges of the communist regime during the Soviet period. It is nice to know that presently Russian government leaders allow population of Russia to restore faith and attend religious services, so we can hope that they will not become faithless butchers in future. Moscow was an initiator of restoration of memory when opened the archives of NKVD, published Solzhenitsyn’s books, invited Andrei Sakharov to talk to the Congress of the People’s deputies in Moscow, and supported the restoration of hundreds of churches, cathedrals, synagogues and mosques.
The brutalities of collectivization, artificially created famine for Ukrainians in different areas of their residing, the forced deportation of millions of innocent people and their family members to prisons and slave camps – GULAG, endless executions, forceful and inhuman policy toward the population of the annexed countries and totalitarian, imperial policy toward the sovereign countries of the world overwhelmed the angelic patience of our Creator. Nobody expected the collapse of the USSR, the country responsible for the crimes of communism. Nobody could predict the peaceful transition toward independence and democracy of all the countries, earlier annexed or kept under soviet communist control. The world was blessed with these changes, and we have to be grateful to our Lord for justice that won.
We hope that the Creator would not allow any country of the world to step on the road of suppressive and totalitarian communist policy. It is the right time to learn the real democracy and not to be brutally involved into lives of its citizens and other countries. People need to understand that we are the creation of one God, and if He has patience to us and our sins, giving us another chance for awakening of real faith and improvement, how can we be judgmental to others and enforce our will? The human life is short, and it is given to us to become stronger in faith, patience, tolerance, compassion and professionalism. I met many people in my medical practice. All of them were different, and not all of them have served God at the moment, when we met. Presently, thanks to the true life-story of my mother-in-law that I described in the trilogy “God’s Miracles in Lives of Regular People”, most of them are on their way to spirituality and success. They learned that with God everything is possible.
By Angelic Tarasio
“Awakening of Faith Article Series”
The last book of the trilogy “God’s Miracles in Lives of Regular People” is completed and published. My late mother-in-law insisted in the specific name of the third part - “Bridge to the Sky”. The circumstances of her life that I described based on her journals were extremely dangerous for Countess Maria and her children. As she narrated, there were two choices left for her in 1961: to hide and wait until the representatives of the merciless demonic service KGB will find and kill her together with three kids, or to take a risk and fight for the last time. She chose the second and, with God’s intercession, Maria won the liberation from unlawful persecution.
I asked Countess Maria, if she had ever considered suicide, as one of the ways of liberation from illegal discrimination, humiliation, harassment, physical torment, hunger, begging, homelessness, and slavery in soviet mines. She answered with her charming smile, “My dear, how could I betray my Father? I could not yield the demons and capitulate. It’s my #1 assignment in this life.” I asked what other assignment mother Maria was given from Above. “To be compassionate with people in need and those who are lost in this life. I don’t do much but pray in order the Lord could make them stronger at the time of their testing.”
Countess Maria became my role model of selflessness. I stopped pitting myself. I admitted that everything I’ve been and am going through is my destiny and my mission. This attitude helped me to fight again for my daughter’s life in 2016 after my daughter crash. Six hospitals rejected her case. Nobody wanted to take a risk and provide a complicated surgery with removal of the broken hardware that inflamed infection and 9 cm opened wound. The doctors expected sepsis any moment. We were suggested hospice with increased dosage of narcotics and “comfortable” painless death.
Staying for months in different hospitals with my Tatania and watching her suffering, I realized that my prayers were not enough to change the circumstances and save her life. I described her critical condition on Facebook. The collective compassionate prayers of hundreds of Facebook friends at churches, synagogues, and mosques were victories. The Creator sent right people to help. Everything was miraculously changed in 24 hours: the helicopter, right hospital, brilliant surgeon Dr. Hoh and an operation without a single complication. With God’s blessing, Tatania continues the philanthropic projects of her life mission and defeat the darkness with helping people on all the continents of the world to improve their lives and succeed. She is a faithful and dedicated granddaughter of Countess Maria Kotyk-Kurbatov.
This article is my personal understanding of birth and life, suicide and survival, destiny and human choices, life mission and success, hopelessness and happiness.
With God’s blessing, a child comes into this world on the definite day, time and year. He/she comes with his/her own destiny and a personal assignment to fulfill. “For I know the plans, I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and the future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Only then, upon the fulfillment of his/her purpose in human life, he/she returns home to the Creator on the definite day, time and year.
From the very first day of his or her human life, the child observes this world. The child learns to talk, walk and express love, joy or unhappiness. The speed of the child’s mental, physical and spiritual development depends on family surrounding. The closest people make the child’s life joyful or sad, happy or stressful. It depends on the quality of accomplishment of our parental purpose in this life. The Creator trusts us, sending us His best gift – a child with the important life determination. It depends on us, how we prepare the child to succeed with God’s assignment.
The health, happiness and success of a child begins its development nine months prior a child’s physical appearance in this world. The parents play vitally important part in it. What feelings did you experience when you’ve discovered that your baby was on the way? Have you accepted it with gratitude and joy? Have you concluded that a child can be one of your greatest achievements in your life? Maybe, you admitted that a child was a big mistake that affected your finances, relationship and carrier? Did you become scared of unexpected expenses, decided to step out of the picture and never come back, leaving your neglected baby with unhappy single mother?
Did you give a strong positive energetic charge for your son’s or daughter’s healthy development? You should not be scared because you are not the only provider. God provides you. Our Lord promised us, His children, “You will have plenty to eat… and you will praise the name of the Lord.” (Joel 2:26) These words are for people of Faith who praise the name of the Creator for every meal. You just honestly fulfill your father’s or mother’s assignment and believe that not you, but “He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” (Psalm 107:9)
In all the times, the childbirth required the blessing from Above. I did not repeat this in order to sound strange. Without God’s blessing, we could not deliver a new life. The Creator gives us a child, as a tremendous test, maybe the most complicated among all those that we have taken and passed in our lives. I underline again: two parents are responsible for health, happiness and success of their child. The mutual faith and energetic supply of a man and a woman nourish the child’s physical and spiritual development, as well as his/her future success. There is a funny proverb: “The children of responsible parents do not drown in street puddles”. It is true.
Global statistics: nearly 800,000 people die by suicide each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for those aged 15-24 years.
The young people are not prepared for the realities of life. From my own life experience, I learned that there is always an exit from the most complex situations. There are no hardships that last forever. There is no pain that pushes to suicide. There are no ugly relationships that kill. There is something different that I’ll describe later.
The institutions that deal with suicidology created the list of emotional and physical traumas that could lead to suicide. They completely excluded the spiritual aspect of suicide.
- Mental illness
- Incurable disease / excruciating pains
- Trauma of war
- Domestic violence
- Traumatic religious persecution
- Financial loss
- Difficulties of being refugees
- Painful relationship
- Family environment
- Job troubles/loss
- Substance (alcohol/drugs) abuse
- Culture conflicts
I added some more:
- Undeveloped spirituality, when the person does not believe in unlimited power of the Creator, guidance and protection from Divinity
- Absence of knowledge that the lost Divine guidance and protection opens the gate for dangerous choices in life
- Undeveloped sense of Gratitude to the Creator for all the talents, knowledge, skills and opportunities in everyday life
- Undeveloped responsibility for life choices leads to interrupted connection with the Source of life and weakness of the soul. Weak soul can be easily possessed by dark forces
- Wrong annexation of suicidal thoughts to mental illness or stigma and hiding them, as a secret
- Undeveloped sense of compassion toward the family and friends who are in the same or even worth physical, psycho-emotional or financial situation. Compassion is the key which can liberate from spirit of despair better and faster than any medical or psycho-therapeutic treatments
- Undeveloped ability to resolve life problems due to self-centrism, working out in isolation without asking for God’s guidance and support of the family and community
- Undeveloped sense of responsibility for lives of other people who could follow the terrible example of self-destruction
- Undeveloped appreciation for God-given chances to start a new meaningful life at any moment of the physical existence
The parents of God-given children are always responsible for the development of all the roots in their children. Everything is important: soul, mind and body. The parents of the children with suicidal behavior did not pay attention at the growth of the soul, and the most important root was not nurtured with spiritual sustenance. The world is shocked with the following fact:
More teenagers and young adults die from suicide, than from cancer, heart disease, aids, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease COMBINED.
Father Dennis Palanco, SA said, “No mother should have to bury her child. Sadly, this is all too common in America today”.
The children live in the society where nobody has time, patience or desire to explain the meaning and value of human life. School children are introduced to the topics of money and sex early enough. However, nearly nobody explains the kids anything about the most valuable matter – human life. Nobody helps kids to recognize the high purpose of their coming in this life. Nobody reminds them the importance of every individual in successful accomplishment the life mission for the progress of the country and global well-being. They need to know that they are not a one-day flower, which is beautiful, makes us pleased seeing it, but gone fast. God assigned people for longer undertaking on Earth. At the age of 12-13, they need to think consciously, define and recognize their calling (not anybody’s else) in order to elaborate the strong foundation of knowledge and skills for future success in life.
Insufficient influences of the churches, synagogues, mosques, and especially schools on spiritual development of younger generations led our society to escalation of suicide of school and college students. Sorry to say, but the families, educational, political and religious institutions try to be “politically correct” and avoid the development of the spiritual root in children and youth. That’s the way, how modern-day society destroys vitally important connection of young souls with the Creator. They prefer to sacrifice the lives of innocent children and young adults to being “politically correct”.
That is why the growing statistics shocks us:
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 - 24-year-old Americans.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for school and college-age youth and ages 12-18.
I can understand that public schools should not divide students into groups for religious education. Division and separation of people on religious basis had never brought positive results. We live in a wonderful multinational and multi-religious country. All of us have one Creator. It does not matter, how we call Him in our native languages. Schools can develop Faith in Higher Consciousness and sincere Gratitude for every day of life to our Creator, Source of Life, Provider, and Supporter.
Thank God that not all young people are succumbed to the idea of suicide. New Columbia university research suggested: “Teens, especially girls, whose parents are religious may be less likely to die by suicide, no matter how they feel about religion themselves.” As one of the leading specialists of the American Association of Suicidology, Melinda Moor concluded in her article, “We know that spiritual beliefs and practices tend to help people feel a greater sense of connection, hope and meaning in their lives.” Being also an assistant professor Kentucky university, Ms. Moor explains, “We know what places people at risk for suicide – it’s a sense of not feeling connected to a community and feeling like you are burden, and your life does not matter… In addition, spiritual communities can help people who are in crisis by giving them hope, connection and meaning.” Research found a lower risk for suicide among young people whose parents consider religion important. These parents proved that the spiritual development of children is equally necessary with physical and mental growth of their kids.
There are deterrent factors against suicide. Only some specialists out of hundreds suggested practical steps and established the rehabilitation centers and talk-lines for people with suicidal tendencies. A talented Muslim therapist Heather Laird founded the “Family and Youth Institute”. Ms. Laird’s research on suicide was focused on Southern California, where she saw a dramatic increase of suicides my Muslims with nearly 50 in 2017. Her institute issued a Toolkit, the 1-st of its kind in US, that charts a new way for Muslim communities to deal with suicide. I consider that our society is in big need of elaboration more tool-kits that can be implemented in schools and colleges. Somebody has to save the young generation.
The Creator gives the parents and educational institutions freedom to make the correct conclusions regarding the youth suicide. He also cannot forcefully stop suicide when the adult person voluntarily interrupts the vitally important soul connection with the Divinity and lose the spirit of life with preference to wrong choices. When the natural connection with the Divinity is lost, there is no more guidance received from Above. Only naive people can believe that their intuition is so good that they avoid mistakes in this life. Nonsense. It’s our spiritual guides and angels fulfill perfectly well God’s assignments in guiding and protecting us. People frequently push them away with dirty language and disgusting deeds and, in some time, they have found themselves astray in immoral company or terrifying isolation.
The spirit of despair sneaks closer and closer to the confused person. Some disoriented people try drugs, alcohol, and experiments with different types of sex. Certainly, this ‘treatment’ does not restore the lost connection with the Divinity. Nothing satisfies and helps them and, being exhausted in the battles with shadows, they allow the evil spirit to possess them. They are on the second step to suicide after the wrong choices – suicidal ideation. They constantly think about ending of this life but still do not take active efforts to do so.
It’s a short time, when the religious and professional institutions, as well as our human surrounding can assist the person to reconnect the soul, as the spark of the Divinity, with its Creator. We should be a helpful and non-judgmental human force with a strong collective compassionate prayer that assists the weak soul to restore, receiving the charging and healing from Above.
I do not believe that doctors can successfully cure the condition of the patient with suicidal tendencies without taking into consideration the root of it – sickness of his/her soul. In most of the cases, the doctors treat the symptoms and can prolong the physical existence of the patient to some extent. Physical existence is not life with its productivity, joy, beauty, success and happiness. It’s just hopeless and dangerous wandering in the darkness without seeing the exit.
Depression is considered the leading cause of suicide worldwide. Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ per year. They lost interest in life, families, work and studies. They feel abandoned. And this is in one of the greatest nations on Earth, in the country of great opportunities.
What kind of a person can be diagnosed with depression? As the scientists have stated, there is no known unifying underlying pathophysiology for either suicide or depression. Low levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is associated with suicide and indirectly associated through its role in major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter, is believed to be low in those who die from suicide. This deficiency could be balanced. Modern day holistic medicine, as well as nutrition and natural supplementation can provide the body with precursors that assist the human brain in secretion of serotonin.
What is depression from spiritual point of view? Why did most of the religions considered suicide, as a disgraceful act or stigma in the eyes of the Creator? Historically, the individuals that committed suicide were execrated and nobody had right for exoneration of the person who voluntarily destroyed his or her own life. The history of Judaism, Catholicism and Islam deny funeral rights to those who killed themselves. Prophet Muhammed warned, “Those who died by suicide will face hellfire and will experience their suicide again and again for perpetuity.” In Hinduism, suicide is called ‘atmahatya’ or “soul murder”, and it brings karmic reactions that prevent the soul liberation. To the opinion of Mr. Adnan Zulligar, an assistant law professor at Rutgers University and a specialist in Islamic law: “Suicide is particularly fraught, because in a way, it’s the supreme denial of faith. You’ve lost faith in God’s plan and are taking your own life.”
From a spiritual point of view, depression is a sickness of a soul. What makes a soul sick? We’ve learned from childhood that every single baby is born with a spark of Divinity, as a soul. Every soul connects us with the Creator and Creator’s plan. With this knowledge, we live our life full of challenges and hardships without additional turbulence that people initiate in complicated life situations. We follow our destiny. We do our best to fulfill the assignment of our Father. With correct spiritual development, we have no time for depressive thoughts and behavior on our way to success and happiness.
People with suicidal tendencies are already under the influence of the evil spirit. They require another cure from another Healer. They need to understand the importance of restoration of the connection with the Lord through compassion. Our compassionate prayer for people with suicidal tendencies plus the sincere compassionate prayer of the disoriented person for the needs of a suffering mother, father, wife, children and friends turns on the switch, and the weak soul can channel the healing power from Above. With God any miracle is possible. “God will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all the ways.” (Psalm 91:11) The religious, governmental institutions, and specialists can stop suicide of children, college students, veterans and elderly people. The words of the Lord comfort us: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine… You are precious in my sight and honored, and I love you.” (Isaiah 43:1b, 4a)
Every case of suicide is deviant. Nevertheless, nearly all of them have the same bases: absence of a strong Faith, compassion and a powerful connection with the Divinity. When people take into consideration these 3 reasons that are common for 99% of suicidal cases, I believe in good results of prevention of suicide. This cause is missed in majority of scientific case studies. It looks like specialists are sidelined from including the root of the problem in preventative measures. Why? Are they afraid of backlash of the dark power that pulls unfortunate victims to the bridges, ropes, guns, knives and poison? Maybe, the specialists are not mindful enough of what people are going through before they kill themselves? The reports and articles of the specialists in suicidology are lacking in substance. They are reluctant to delve and find the true cause of somebody’s miserable life, lost hope, guilt, hatred, anger, fear, isolation from society that pick up the victims and spiral them to the brink of terrible death.
Every soul sick person can answer the non-judgmental simple questionnaire:
- Have you ever thought about the importance of human life?
- Have you ever recognized the importance of your life?
- When did you get the idea of suicide?
- Where did you get the idea of suicide from?
- What makes you so disturbed that you prefer horrible death to life?
- What do you contribute your suicidal thoughts to?
- Do you contribute your suicidal thoughts to depression?
- Do you contribute your suicidal thoughts to stigma?
- Do you contribute your suicidal thoughts to family environment?
- Did you try to fight with depressive thoughts?
- In what way did you fight with self-destructive tendencies?
- What help do you think you need in order to overcome the suicidal thoughts?
- Who or what educational organization/church/synagogue/masque can help you in your fight?
- What would you like to change in your life?
- What would you like to change in the world?
- What help do you need in order to live happily?
- Do you think that murdering yourself is fair to your family?
- Do you know that the suicide of a loved one is among the most challenging tragedies a person can face?
- Do you think that they can live happily after with this loss?
- Do you feel any compassion toward your mother/father/wife/husband/children?
- What can you do to the needs of your family and friends?
- Can you pray for them?
- Do you know a Compassionate prayer? Read it, please.
“Heavenly God, Your compassion for me is unending. You hear me in my physical and emotional pain. You love me through my needs. Help me today and every day to hear others in their pain, to love them through their needs. Your Son sacrificed himself for me. Help me to find the right sacrifices to make for others, that they may know a glimpse of God’s love through me. Amen.”
When they write the answers honestly in the presence of the Lord, the miracle can happen: “I am convinced that… neither things present, nor things to come…, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Thank God that not all young people are succumbed to the idea of suicide. New Columbia university research suggested: “Teens, especially girls, whose parents are religious may be less likely to die by suicide, no matter how they feel about religion themselves.” As one of the leading specialists of the American Association of Suicidology, Melinda Moor concluded in her article, “We know that spiritual beliefs and practices tend to help people feel a greater sense of connection, hope and meaning in their lives.” Being also an assistant professor Kentucky university, Ms. Moor explains, “We know what places people at risk for suicide – it’s a sense of not feeling connected to a community and feeling like you are burden, and your life does not matter… In addition, spiritual communities can help people who are in crisis by giving them hope, connection and meaning.” Research found a lower risk for suicide among young people whose parents consider religion important. These parents proved that the spiritual growth of children is equally necessary with physical and mental development of their kids.
Terrifying and growing statistics of the USA: suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all the ages. So, suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year. An estimated quarter million people each year become suicide survivors.
It is 1 (one) death by suicide every 12 minutes. Every day, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)
Lesbian, gay and bisexual children are 3x more likely than straight kids to attempt suicide.
Suicide among males is 4x’s higher than among females. Male deaths represent 79% of all US suicides. (CDC).
The veterans increased this number by killing themselves as 20-24 individuals daily.
The veterans were courageous at war and helpless in transitional period of their lives. The heroes are home, but their battles are far from over. They and their families need help today. Victimizing of the warriors does not work. They are not victims. They are men and women who were courageous protecting us against Islamic extremists in the global War on Terror. Nearly 2 million troops have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now, over 50% are veterans, and nearly half of them severely injured. The odds are stacked against the young veterans when they leave the military service. Disabilities and marks of bravery make it difficult to find the right job and understanding of the same age people. Many young people complain, “I am sad when I wake up. I am sad when I go to sleep. I don’t know what to do with my life. I do not belong here. Nobody needs me.” We must help them escape real dangers and keep their body and souls together, as they are making not easy transition into civilian life. We must never forget the price veterans paid for our freedom and help them overcome the mental and physical wounds of combat. Their legacy is the legacy of our freedom, and we should not take it for granted. This legacy should be passed to younger generations of Americans, making the spirit of the youth stronger.
In accordance with God’s plan, a human life may be a short or long journey. We believe that we are not lost in our uneasy life because every moment, our soul receives Father’s love, energy, guidance and support. We learn to listen to our soul and do not allow our mind to take the priority in our decisions. We pray to our Father, we talk to Him, we complain to Him, we express gratitude to Him for every breath, new day, our success in overcoming the hardship, and His fidelity. Daily, we honestly accomplish our assignment, fulfilling the mission of this life. Our life way is not a wide and straight avenue, but a thorny path with dangerous situations when somebody plays dirty or traitorous tricks on us. It’s life on Earth. We painfully fall many times and with God’s blessing we arose again. It’s life here and now. We are not in Haven. We must work hard to get there. We need to prove that our Father was not mistaken, giving us a chance in this life to achieve success and happiness in everything He blessed us for. In normal human life there is no time for depression.
The weak soul is easily possessed by evil force. The demonic force tortures the soul, playing the dirty tricks on its victim, making the person dispirited, distrustful, disappointed, dissatisfied, and discouraged. The darkness persuades him or her to live in disagreement with people around and the religion by itself. The evil spirit does anything possible in order to force out the faith in God.
The evil’s power induces the victim to disbelief in goodness and disavow the family and even children. Self-pity and isolation from the world which cannot understand the sufferings of the person, lead the victim to offence, anger, hatred and loneliness. The evil force eager to obtain the victim’s soul and pushes him or her to the brink of disaster. The evil thoughts to kill himself/herself in order to stop the emotional, physical, financial suffering possess the mind. The exhausted mind loses the power to think clearly and terminates life, giving the soul, as the most valuable God’s creation, to demon’s force.
Fr. Mark Brummel, CMF suggests to identify “in what ways do you need healing?” He understands perfectly well that to be alive, to be human means that we are blessed with the whole range of life experiences – including joy, sadness, growth, challenge, happiness, disappointment, and suffering. As people of faith, we gain strength, encouragement and healing, as we remember that those experiences are part of the diversity of life’s path. Throughout this understanding of life, we know that we are connected to God.
Every single person is blessed with great hope for the fulfillment of healing. As Fr. Mark explains, “The ways we each need healing are personal and unique.” One protocol will never work for every individual. Our honest recognition of each way we need it brings us closer to God. The physical and spiritual help we need for ourselves and other’s is at times very clear – as with illness, death, or a significant problem – and at other times, it may take some thoughtful reflection to discern. Fr. Mark continues, “The process of getting to know our need for healing in a deep way and holding those needs honestly in our minds and hearts, is one of the ways the Holy Spirit works within us for good.” The devotion to God, holy guardian whose name you received in this life, Holy Mother Mary and all the saints will support your physical and spiritual healing. Pray to them and ask for their additional help, intercession, solace and special blessing of hope. Through them, you’ll find God’s abundant and haling peace.
By Angelic Tarasio
“Awakening of Faith Article Series”