Overcoming one's pleasures does not mean being no longer liable to be seized by another
kind of passion, for every passion is a fall as long as it is a passion. The diversity
of passions does not mean a different kind of fall. The man who slipped on a slippery
passion has fallen, as has the man who was tripped by arrogance. The intelligent man should
prefer no kind of fall, but every fall should be equally avoided as long as it is a fall.
The Life of Moses.
Paulist Press, New York, 1978, p. 126
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· The cumulative contributions of the St. George Choir.
· The far-reaching effects of the St. George Choir.
· The faithfulness of Choir members every week, week after week.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
November 12 - Attended St. Vladimir Seminary Alumni meeting in Pittsburgh.
November 13 - Visited parishioner in Carmichaels.
November 14 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
November 17 - Attended funeral of +Michael Stupar in Monroeville.
From the Desert Fathers
He (John the Dwarf) said 'Humility and the fear of God are above all virtues.'
The Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost 2005
Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He
stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a
long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he
saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I
to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!" For he
had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him,
and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and
was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?"
And he said, "Legion," because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He
would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding
there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And
He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the
herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. When those who fed
them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then
they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom
the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind.
And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been
demon-possessed was healed. Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the
Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He
got into the boat and returned. Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged
Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return to your own house,
and tell what great things God has done for you." And he went his way and proclaimed
throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
The Lord Jesus Christ did great things for the man possessed by demons.
The man was restored to his right mind. The demons left the man.
Each of must confront the demons of our lives.
The demons of our lives keep us from drawing near and remaining near and true to
the Lord Jesus Christ. The demons of our lives tempt us, distract us, at times overcome us,
and times cause us to think in ways contrary to the ways of God.
Only by the love, mercy and grace of God can the demons of our lives be conquered.
Only by repentance and love of Christ can the demons be conquered. Only by following Christ,
remaining true to Christ, returning to Christ time and again can demons be conquered.
To be at peace and to be at the foot of Christ, this is a desirable goal for each believer.
To have demons expelled and to be able to live in Christ and experience the joy of Christ,
this is a desirable goal for each believer.
Jesus Christ does great things for each believer. The believer may not always be conscious
of all these great things. At times the believer may take the Lord Jesus Christ for granted.
At times the believer may not be fervent in love for and attention given to the Lord
Attentiveness in prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ may wane in times of abundance or good
health or when no crisis exists. When a crisis arises, when ill health strikes, when economic
hardships occur, attention may revert to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The mind of the believer is important for strength of faith. The mind of the believer is
important in discerning the way of God. The mind of the believer is necessary for commitment
to the Christian way.
When the Lord Jesus Christ dominates the mind, demons lose their control. When the
believer remains strong in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the expelling of demons is
possible. Peace is possible with the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ offers hope to believers. The Lord Jesus Christ offers hope for
a person overcome by demons to be restored to health, wholeness and peace.
Rightness of mind provides vision of the goodness and glory of God. Rightness of mind
enables the body to be at rest. Rightness of mind reflects the security of God's presence.
The demons possessing the man in the present Gospel affected the way the man lived,
where he lived and the way he acted. Jesus changed the man for the better.
Prayer is effective in dealing with the demons in our lives. Prayer is effective in
praying for friends or relatives overcome by demons. Prayer is effective in keeping demons away.
Concentrating on the Holy Gospel and reading the Holy Gospel are strong steps in keeping
demons distant from our lives. Frequently coming to Holy Confession and Holy Communion are
ways to keep life united with Christ and strong against demonic attacks.
Believers do well to keep the goal of the Kingdom of God before them at all times.
Believers do well to measure every thought and every action according to the goal of the
Kingdom of God.
Remaining faithful to Christ throughout life takes commitment, discipline, perseverance,
love of Christ and willingness to follow Christ. The journey to the Kingdom of God can be
a long journey.
From entry into the Baptismal fount to departure from this life can be many, many decades.
Ample opportunity exists for faithfulness to Christ. Ample temptations exist to fall away
Following the path of Christ to the Kingdom of God brings joy, peace, love and forgiveness.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life,
and there are few who find it." (Mt. 7:14)
Let us do all that we can to remain faithful to Christ. Let us seek the narrow way to the
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 6 / November 19, 2006
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Paul the Confessor.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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