In the context of annual countrywide competitions in religious education and theology, Archbishop Calinic of Suceava and Radauti offered a set of ten recommendations for students entitled “The Decalogue of the Olympiad participant.”
“Pray! Do not be sad when you lose lest you risk your health; constantly reinvent yourself, and you will become victorious,” is one of the archbishop’s pieces of advice.
Decalogue of the Olympiad participant
- Give thanks to the Most Holy Trinity, the Mother of God, the Saints, and those who have invested in your preparation.
- Increase your faith, by which you will acquire the virtue of knowing God, Whose image you bear.
- Honour your father and mother who gave birth to you and brought you up and who, with fidelity, watch over your development.
- Seek good by much counsel with your teachers, for the knowledge and counsel of the wise will become grace upon grace.
- Flee from the evils proposed by secular society, that good may always accompany you.
- Look with caution to the successes of others, for you do not know which and how they will end.
- Prepare yourself every day as if you were entering a new competition at its end.
- Pray! Don’t be sad when you lose, lest you risk your health; constantly reinvent yourself, and you will become victorious.
- Keep your mind, soul and body clean, and you will benefit from God’s protection.
- Look to the future with faith in God, hope in His providence and love for Family, Church and Country.