August 14th is the Feast of: St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv. (1894 – 1941) Raymund Kolbe was born in Zduńska Wola, in the Kingdom of Poland, which was a part of the Russian Empire. His father was an ethnic German and his mother was Polish. He had four brothers. Shortly after his birth, his ..(See the rest of the story here:) https://www.facebook.com/St.Eugene.OMI/
“Sometimes during a lengthy prayer only a few minutes are really pleasing to God, and constitute true prayer, true service to Him. The chief thing in prayer is the nearness of the heart to God.” (St, John of Kronstadt, 20th Century Russian Orthodox Priest, from My Life in Christ) [Prayer]
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral This onion domed church perched atop Toompea Hill is Estonia's main Russian Orthodox cathedral. It's also by far the grandest, most opulent Orthodox church in Tallinn. Built in 1900, when Estonia was part of the tsarist Russian empire, the cathedral was originally intended as a symbol of the empire's dominance – both religious and political – over this increasingly unruly Baltic territory.