Man should strive to keep that seal unadulterated until the day of the terrible judgment:
"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption"
(Eph.4:30). By the Holy Spirit we are sealed after the Mystery of Holy
Baptism in the Mystery of Holy Chrismation when the priest speaks the formula: "The seal of
the gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen!"
(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church.
Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 31
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· Praying on a regular daily basis.
· Increasing the time devoted to prayer.
· Being very attentive in prayer.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
June 5-8 - Attended the four day Institute on Aging in Morgantown sponsored by the
West Virginia University Division of Social Work.
June 5 - Visited parishioner in hospital in Uniontown.
June 6 - Visited parishioner at home.
June 7 - Visited parishioner in hospital in Waynesburg.
From the Desert Fathers
The priest of Nitria asked him how the brethren ought to live.
He (Pambo) replied, 'With much labour, guarding their consciences towards their neighbor."
Feast of Pentecost 2006
John 7:37-52, 8:12
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying,
"If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture
has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning
the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given,
because Jesus was not yet glorified. Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this
saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said,
"Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from
the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?" So there was a division
among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands
on Him. Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them,
"Why have you not brought Him?" The officers said, "No man ever spoke like this Man!"
Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the
Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed."
Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them,
"Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?"
They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search and look,
for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying,
"I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,
but have the light of life."
Jesus Christ is light of the world. Jesus Christ lights the paths we are to follow. Jesus
Christ brings light to the darkest moments of our lives. Jesus Christ heals broken hearts.
Jesus Christ heals troubled minds. Jesus Christ heals weakened spirits.
Jesus Christ is the Supreme Healer. No problem is too big for Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ
said: "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to
there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you."
To learn about Christ, believers must direct their hearts and minds to Christ.
Believers must discipline their minds to focus on Christ and Christ's teachings.
Believers must be prepared to fast and to pray. Believers must exercise their minds.
Believers must open their hearts and turn to Christ in faith.
Jesus said if anyone thirsts, let the person come to Christ and drink. Drink in the
facts about Christ's life. Drink in the facts about Christ's miracles. Drink in the words
of Christ's teachings. Drink in the healing power of Christ.
When we surrender our lives to Christ, we declare a willingness to follow Christ, to
listen to Christ, to learn of Christ. When we surrender our lives to Christ, we declare
a willingness to live as Christ would have us to live.
The Feast of Pentecost is here. The Feast of Pentecost is identified with the beginning
of the Church. We learn of Christ best within the Church. We experience Christ in the Holy
Mysteries celebrated in the Church.
At Holy Chrismation, we are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Our bodies are
temples of the Holy Spirit. St. Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "Do you not know your
body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are
not your own." (I Cor.6:19).
We learn of the fruit of Spirit from the Holy Apostle Paul. The Holy Apostle Paul told
the Ephesians: "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." (Eph.5:22-23).
We do well to think about the fruit of the Spirit. We do well to assess our own lives.
We do well to think of ways we can experience the fruit of the Spirit.
Growth is expected of Christians throughout life. Stagnancy has no place in the Christian
life. When the human mind is functioning, when the human will is functioning, the ability to
grow in Christ is possible.
The Feast of Pentecost is an inspiration for growth in Christ. The Feast of Pentecost
brings the prayer to the Holy Spirit. We pray for the Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit
of Truth to "come and abide in us and cleanse us from every impurity and save our souls."
The Holy Spirit exceeds the ability of our finite human minds to fully comprehend.
The Lord Jesus Christ exceeds the ability of human minds to fully comprehend. The Holy
Trinity exceeds the ability of our finite human minds to fully comprehend.
In our limitedness, there is much we can do to experience and enjoy the life in Christ.
There is much we can do for the salvation of our souls. There is much we can to do to direct
our lives to the Kingdom of God.
On this Feast of Pentecost, it is appropriate to establish goals for our lives.
It is appropriate for believers to be commited to the goal of the Kingdom of God and
His righteousness. (Mt.6:33)
It is appropriate to be committed to the goal of being a partaker of divine nature.
The Holy Apostle Peter said: "His divine power has given to us all things that pertain
to life and godliness, through the knowledge of HIm who called us by glory and virtue."
By prayer, by fasting, by Holy Confession and Conmunion, by living the life in Christ,
we can be united with Christ in ways beyond our human comprehension and beyond our ability
to fully imagine.
We need to listen carefully to and for God. We need to look for God in the experiences
of daily life. We need to look for God at work in our lives. We may not control all we
experience. We do control the way we respond to experiences in life.
When difficult times confront us, if we turn to Christ in faith, Christ will helps us
to handle the difficulty. We are better because of turning to Christ in faith. Trusting in
Christ is an act of faith. We will not be disappointed when we trust in Christ.
The historical record of believers trusting in the good and merciful God is thoroughly
convincing. A person only need read the eleventh chapter of Hebrews for recognition of the
work of God through the centuries.
The celebration of the Descent of the Holy Spirit is a joyous time in the Church.
In this joy, we experience the everlasting love of God. Let us share it.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 29 / June 11, 2006
Feast of Pentecost.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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