Almsgiving: â€œWhen you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may have glory from men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do merciful deeds, do not let your left hand know what your right hand does, so that your merciful deeds may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret Himself shall reward you openly. (Matthew 6:2-4)
Loving your enemies: â€œI say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despite-fully use you and persecute you, so that you may become sons of your Father in Heaven. For He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:44-45) There is no other way to cooperate with Christ our establish peace.
Forgiveness: If your brother trespasses against you, rebuke him. And if he repents, forgive him. And if he trespasses against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turns again to you, saying, I repent, you shall forgive him. (Luke 17:3-4) Try to experience the joy of forgiving.
Responding to duties: Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things which are God's.â€ (Matthew 22:21) It means, to render to the
To Worldly authorities give the worldly tributes and to God the spiritual tributes. As the image of Caesar is on the money, so the image of God is on the soul. Saint Nikolai Velimirovich
Are you ready for Great Lent?
With â€˜Great Lent, being just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about exactly what this means.
We all know that we have to stay away from meat and meat bi-products, but do we know that we need to, also, stay away from such things as gossip, judging others and holding grudges against our family or friends.
On the Sunday before Great Lent we have â€˜Forgiveness Vespersâ€™ where we will go up to everyone and ask for their forgiveness. Some people go through the motions, first of all, because they may not know the person they are asking forgiveness from or that they may feel there is nothing to be forgiven for. Maybe they did something and did not realize at the time and really hurt someoneâ€™s feelings. Forgiveness Sunday would be a great time to ask for forgiveness, just as father does before he brings out the â€˜Giftsâ€™. Many times the brain will tell the mouth to stop talking and the mouth does not listen. So we should take time to listen to our brain and our heart. Think before you speak so that you do not offend or hurt someone whom you may, somewhere down the road, need them to help you. We are not alone in our church family and we must treat everyone with respect and kindness.
Respectfully submitted by Popadija Kathy
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