“Among you are those who are admired by the world. You are making history, and history is making you. You will be different. So I can demand five times more of you,” with these words President of UCU Bishop Borys Gudziak addressed the students. Despite his busy schedule and spending a lot of time on the Kyiv EuroMaidan, the bishop took the time to talk with the University community about the challenges faced by all.
In his sermon following the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy he said that the UCU community must be a bearer of peace in this difficult time.
“We are the ones who understand that we have been given the task to be the bearers of peace. Peace is our method. The purpose and means. To live it and bring it. It is not a retreat, but the most powerful factor,” said Bishop Borys.
In the hall of the Lviv Spiritual Seminary (LSS) of the Holy Spirit, the president of UCU thanked everyone for their work. First, he thanked the rectors of UCU and LSS – Fr. Bohdan Prakh and Fr. Ihor Boiko, respectively – who are at the forefront of the entire position of their schools, “because the most will be asked of them.” In addition, Bishop Borys thanked the administration and priests, as well as the university staff for the work they performed during this time.
As for the students, he also thanked them, but said that they should spiritually, explicitly, consistently, and victoriously stand until the end. In fact, according to the bishop, following the previous two student revolutions – the Granite Revolution in 1990 and the Maidan in 2004 – they are the third generation of revolutionaries who will change Ukraine.
Bishop Borys expressed special thanks to the students and employees who received “unwelcomed contact” from the security forces. He assured them that “a wall of people and millions of voices in all the world” stand behind them.
Currently, according to the president of UCU, the community’s task is to consolidate, and to consolidate others. We must not doubt our victory. At this time, which coincided with the fast, we must pray, laugh, sing, and speak and write.
“Speak, preach, educate, and encourage. Write about what you see and what you are concerned about. Then fear will remain on paper. Write to people in other countries. It costs nothing but is worth a lot,” said the bishop.
Regarding the results of the EuroMaidan, the bishop said that “we are not talking about changing the surnames of the authorities. What matters is that there are people who serve their nation.”
In addition, the president of UCU addressed two points, which are being widely discussed in the society. The first of these is the comparison of the current events with the Maidan in 2004. The bishop said that we cannot imagine what it would be like today if then the people had not defended their right to choose. Therefore, they are quite different, but they each had their tangible value for our people.
The second is what Europe can give us. Under the pressure of negative propaganda, many are disappointed in the principles that exist in European countries.
“Our maturity occurs when we ask ourselves what we can give Europe. No need to go there as beggars. Our task is to spiritually enrich, awaken, and inspire Europe,” said Bishop Borys.
UCU Press Service