· Chris Jordan of Earth Justice visited the parish on Holy Monday.
He met with Board President Stan Brozik and Father Rodney.
A Thought from St. Bishop NIKOLAI
My faith is my only genuine knowledge. Everything else is like children collecting
motley pebbles by the lake. My faith is the only genuine interest of my life.
Truly everything else is a comedy of the senses. When I say:"Give me more faith" -
I am thinking: "Give me more of Yourself, O my Father and God."
Prayers by the Lake.
Translated by Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Teodor Mika and V.Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott.
The Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of New Gracanica, Grayslake, Ill. 1999. Pp. 57-58.)
· The continued joy of the Resurrection.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
· The evidence of the Resurrection.
· Lives changed by the Resurrection.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
Holy Friday - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Royal Hours.
Bright Monday - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa
But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.
Then, the same day, at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut
where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst,
and said to them. "Peace be with you." When Jesus had said this, He showed them His hands
and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them
again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this,
He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any,
they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas,
called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples
therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His
hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my
hand into His side, I will not believe." And after eight days His disciples were again
inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst,
and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at
My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but
believing. And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him,
"Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen
and yet have believed. And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples,
which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus
is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
Being immersed in the life in Christ means thinking about Christ as often as possible
throughout the day and night. Immersion in the life in Christ includes measuring all thoughts
and actions against Christ's teachings and standards. Immersion in the life in Christ includes
repentance and partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.
The Risen Christ lights the way to His Kingdom. The Risen Christ provides the joy that
makes waking up each day an anticipated event. The Risen Christ stands in direct contrast
to thoughts of futility and hopelessness. The Risen Christ draws interested believers
closer to Him.
Thomas initially doubted the Resurrection of Christ.
He was convinced through personal experience and said to Jesus: "My Lord and My God."
Thomas' declaration of Jesus as "My Lord and My God" is the fitting
standard for personal measurement.
The period between Pascha and Thomas Sunday is a time of great joy. The joy continues
on Thomas Sunday. Christ's defeat of death created a new way of viewing life and death.
The finality of death was erased. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "Now Christ
is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep."
(I Cor. 15:20)
Each day believers contend with the demands, challenges and responsibilities of life.
The Risen Christ provides nourishment, hope and instruction in meeting the demands, challenges
and responsibilities. The Risen Christ sets the most inspiring example to follow each day.
The Risen Christ erased the doubts of Thomas. The Risen Christ erases the doubts of
individuals drawing near to Him in firmness of faith. The Risen Christ inspires serious
consideration of the expectations of believers.
Believers convinced of the Resurrection of Christ reflect that conviction in their
daily lives. Actions and thoughts of serious believers are shaped by the belief in the
Resurrected Christ. Aspects of life which run counter to the belief in the Resurrection
are rejected and cast aside.
Serious believers see the value of learning more about the Resurrected Christ and
ways to enrich daily personal life by pleasing Him. Believers are enriched by participating
in the joy of Pascha. The joy of Pascha affects the lives of those participating in the feast.
Thomas changed as a person when he experienced the Resurrection.
When the joy of Pascha rests in the hearts of parents, children are treated differently
and view their parents differently. When husbands and wives share the joy of the Resurrection,
their marriage is stronger and more greatly appreciated. When employees and employers have
the joy of Pascha in their hearts, the workplace is a much different place.
Believers are expected to invest extensively during Great Lent and Holy Week in preparing
for the Paschal celebration. The joy of Pascha is experienced commensurate with the investment
of preparation. Pascha is a new beginning. Each believer has the opportunity to begin anew
Believers are expected to apply their hearts, minds and bodies to living the Christian
life. The Resurrected Christ provides motivation for believers to seek greater unity with
Christ. A whole new world opens for believers with the celebration of Pascha. A whole new
life opens at Pascha.
The joy of the Resurrection lifts the thoughts of believers. The joy of the
Resurrection increases the energy of believers. Thomas Sunday is an expression of
the Church and an action of the Church consistent with the celebration of Pascha.
Believers are better informed when learning of the experience of Thomas.
The continued celebration of Pascha spreads the joy of the Resurrection and confirms
the Resurrection in the lives of believers. Churches celebrating the Resurrection spread
the joy to the communities in which they are located and to others areas where their
The Resurrected Christ changed the life of Thomas forever. Everyone convinced of
the Resurrection of Christ has their lives changed forever.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 18 / May 1, 2011
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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