We are reminded not to overlook the fact that our health does not depend on food alone,
but on inner peace as well. To have this peace our life must be centered on
This life in God, cutting us off from worldly turmoil, brings peace to the heart and,
through this, keeps the body in good health as well.
Worda of a Shepherd: The Life and Writings of the Very Reverend Protostavrophor
Compiled and edited by Nicolai Roddy, p. 131.
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The place of faith in the life of the believer.
· The place of hope in the life of the believer.
· The place of love in the life of the believer.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
October 1 - Attended Hundredth Anniversary celebration of
Holy Resurreection Serbian Orthodox Church, Steubenville, Ohio.,
October 3 - Visited a parish family.
October 4 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
October 6 - Visited parishioner at home.
October 7 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
From the Desert Fathers
A brother asked Abba Tithoes,"How should I guard my heart?" The old man said to him,
"How can we guard our hearts when our mouths and our stomachs are open?"
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold a
woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me,
O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon possessed." But He answered her not
a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out
after us." But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the
house of Israel." Then she came and worshipped Him, saying. "Lord, help me!" But He
answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the
little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which
fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great
is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that
The current Gospel describes the strong faith of the mother with the demon daughter.
The faith of mothers has changed the course of history. Due to God-loving mothers,
mothers of faith, mothers loving their children, the course of history has been changed
Only God knows how many wayward sons and daughters have corrected their ways as a
result of the prayers and faithfulness of their mothers. Only God knows how many sick
and suffering children have recovered and lead productive and long and healthful lives
because of the loving care, faith in God and prayers of their mothers.
Only God knows how many mentally ill and disturbed children have recovered and gone
on to lives of wellness with good mental health as a result of the faith in God of their
mothers and the prayers to God by their mothers.
The love of mothers for their sons and daughters makes a difference. When children
grow up in homes with God-loving and faithful parents, they tend to be healthier,
they tend to be more law-abiding, they tend to be more productive.
Hardened criminals on death row, hardened criminals serving long sentences in jail
will remember and appreciate the love of their mothers. The love of a mother, the faith
in God of a mother can cause a prodigal son or daughter to repent and return from ways of sin.
The love of a mother, the prayers of a mother can keep hope alive in a tragically ill
person who might otherwise give up hope. I remember one mother of a violent prisoner who
stayed by his hospital bedside for six months. He had been burned all over his body in a
prison attack. She was his mother. She had love for him and she showed that love to the
fullest extent possible, moving a long distance at great expense to herself.
How many nights do mothers spend in prayers for sons or daughters overcome with drug or
alcohol addiction? How many nights do mothers spend in prayers for sons and daughters living
on the streets, who are homeless or hospitalized due to torments of the mind?
God gives hope. The prayers and love of mothers bring hope. The present Gospel is about
a mother but the same can be said about fathers. The return of the prodigal son in the
Gospel of St.Luke well documents the love and forgiveness of the father who rejoiced when
his wayward son returned home (Lk. 15:11-32)
The behavior of sons and daughters can test to the faith of parents. The behavior of
sons and daughters will be influenced by the faith of parents. Proverbs says: "Train up a
child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
(Prov. 22:6) One priest at a conference discussing problems of people
emphasized the part of the proverb "of when the child is old." Sometimes it may seem the
improved behavior is a very, very long time in coming.
Parents will find the words of St. Paul encouraging in times of frustration. The Holy
Apostle Paul said to the Corinthians: "Love suffers long and is kind: love does not envy;
love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own,
is not provoked, thinks no evil; doe not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails."
(I Cor. 13:4-8)
Rising children is a great responsibility. Being faithful to God, trusting God, seeking
guidance from God can provide the necessary strength for the raising of children.
Sons and daughters come from God. Parents need to turn to God and remain grateful to God.
Parents need to follow the example of the mother in the present Gospel.
The mother in the present Gospel was persistent in her requests for help from Jesus.
The mother was not dissuaded when her first plea to Jesus did not result in immediately
healing of her daughter.
Jesus recognized the mother's faith. Jesus acknowledged her great faith. St. Matthew
recorded the mother's faith as a lesson for each generation of each succeeding century.
During our lives we will encounter mothers and fathers struggling with the problems of
son and daughters. Let us in faith, encourage them. Let us pray for and with them. Let us
tell them of the mother in the present Gospel lesson
The Lord Jesus Christ offers hope. The Lord Jesus Christ offers healing. The Lord Jesus
Christ offers salvation of the soul. Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "He who endures to the end
will be saved." (Mt. 10:22)
While there is time, while we have faculty of mind, let us be grounded in the Lord Jesus
Christ. Let us seek the Kingdom of God. Let us repent of our sins and live in ways pleasing
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 25 / October 8, 2006
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Venerable Mother Euprohsyne; Venerable Father Sergius of Radonezh.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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