But if any man wanders away from the right faith, the shepherd needs a lot of concentration,
perseverance, and patience. He cannot drag by force or constrain by fear, but must by
persuasion lead him back to to the true beginning from which he has fallen away. He needs,
therefore, a herioic spirit, not to grow despondent or neglect the salvation of the wanderers,
but to keep on thinking and saying; 'Peradventure God may give them the knowledge of the truth
and they may be freed from the snare of the devil.' (2Tim.2:25-26).
On the Priesthood.
Translated by Graham Neville. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1977
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The healing power of Jesus Christ.
· The hope we have in Jesus Christ.
· The love we have in Jesus Christ.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
August 5-6 - Attended Diocese Days, Shadeland.
August 8-11 - Went to Detroit for Clergy Brotherhood Meeting and Sabor.
August 13 - Visited homes of two parish families.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Abba Poemen) also said, 'A man who stays in his place in his life will not be troubled.'
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 2006
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side,
while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on
the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was
now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the
fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples
saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried
out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them saying, "be of good cheer! It is I; do
not be afraid." And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come
to You on the water." So He said, 'Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat,
he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he was that the wind was boisterous,
he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately
Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith,
why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were
in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, "Truly, You are the Son of God."
Jesus Christ saved Peter. Jesus will save each of us when we turn to Him in faith.
Ideally, we will turn to Jesus Christ throughout each day and night in faith.
Ideally, we will turn to Jesus Christ for the salvation of our souls.
Jesus Christ is to be the constant focus of our lives. Jesus Christ is the best nourishment
of our lives. Nourishment is in the words and life of the Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in the
Holy Gospel. Nourishment is in the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ when we
draw near in faith in the Divine Liturgy.
We find peace when we focus on the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 16:33).
We are transformed when we focus on the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 12:2)
We cannot turn to the Lord Jesus Christ too often. We cannot wear ourselves out by
turning to the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Christ, we find the direction for our lives. In Christ, we find the meaning for our
lives. In the Cross, we know of suffering and put our own suffering into perspective.
In the Resurrecion, we find light and hope. In the Resurrection, we experience joy.
No one can separate us from Christ but ourselves (Rom. 8:35-39).
No one can sever our relationship with Christ but ourselves. No one can stifle our prayers
to Christ but ourselves.
According to the Gospel, Peter was fearful because he did not have the necessary faith.
We know from the First Epistle of St. John that perfect love casts our fear
(I Jn. 4:18).
When we love God to the fullest, there is no need to be afraid. Life is manageable and
meaningful with God. Life is fulfilling with God. Life takes direction from God.
The Dormition Fast is an opportunity to restore our relationship with God.
The Dormition Fast is an opportunity to live in ways pleasing to God.
The Dormition Fast is a time for prayer and return to God.
We know from the life of the Mother of God she was obedient to the will of God
(Lk. 1:38). We in our sinfulness are disobedient to God.
We need only study the Holy Scriptures carefully to see the degree of our sinfulness.
Who among us has not violated the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:ff)?
Who among us has had full love for God and neighbor (Mt. 22:37-39)?
Who among us has not judged others (Mt. 7:1)?
Let us use the Dormition Fast for the intended purpose of return to God.
Let us use the Dormition Fast to contemplate the life of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Let us use the Dormition Fast to prepare carefully for Holy Confession and Communion.
Each day takes on greater meaning when our lives are lived in faith. Each day takes
on greater joy when Christ is the center of our lives. Each life is enriched when prayer
is practiced in the Orthodox way.
The Dormition Fast is a time to prepare for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Dormtion Fast is a time to contemplate the departure from this life of the Mother of God.
The Dormition Fast is a time to avail ourselves of the many prayers to the Mother of God.
The Dormition Fast is a time to learn more about the Mother of God.
The passage of time bears witness to the continuing effect of the Mother of God on
believers. The passage of time bears witness to the unequaled contributions of the Mother
Love for the Mother of God by the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of the Mother of God
for the Lord Jesus Christ deserve the continuous attention of Orthodox believers.
Ideally, we are in a constant state of learning. Ideally, we desire continued growth
in Christ. When we take time to think of Mary, chosen from among all women of all centuries
to give birth to the Christ Child, we take time to think about the total change in the course
When we take time to think about Mary's departure from this life, we have the opportunity
to think of our own departure. By thinking of the Dormition of the Mother of God, we can look
for the meaning it has for our lives and ways we can live more pleasing to God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 31 / August 13, 2006
Forefeast of the Procession of the Precious Cross of the Lord.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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