Wisdom of the Holy Fathers
"A humble man is never rash, hasty or perturbed, never has any hot and volatile thoughts, but at all times remains calm. Even if heaven were to fall and cleave to the earth, the humble man would not be dismayed. Not every quiet man is humble, but every humble man is quiet. There is no humble man who is not self-constrained; but you will find many who are self-constrained without being humble. This is also what the meek humble Lord meant when He said, ‘Learn of Me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.’ [Matt 11:29] For the humble man is always at rest, because there is nothing which can agitate or shake his mind. Just as no one can frighten a mountain, so the mind of a humble man cannot be frightened. If it be permissible and not incongruous, I should say that the humble man is not of this world. For he is not troubled and altered by sorrows, nor amazed and enthused by joys, but all his gladness and his real rejoicing are in the things of his Master. Humility is accompanied by modesty and self-collectedness: that is, chastity of the senses; a moderate voice; mean speech; self-belittlement; poor raiment; a gait that is not pompous; a gaze directed towards the earth; superabundant mercy; easily flowing tears; a solitary soul; a contrite heart; imperturbability to anger; undistributed senses; few possessions; moderation in every need; endurance; patience; fearlessness; manliness of heart born of a hatred of this temporal life; patient endurance of trials; deliberations that are ponderous, not light, extinction of thoughts; guarding of the mysteries of chastity; modesty, reverence; and above all, continually to be still and always to claim ignorance."
†St. Isaac the Syrian
“Homily 72: On the Vision of the Nature of Incorporeal Beings, in Questions and Answers,”
Ascetical Homilies of St Isaac the Syrian
"One cannot hide anywhere from temptations except in the depths of humility."
†Elder Macarius of Optina
Please mark your calendars. Our vacation church school will be held Thursday, August 1st through Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. We are asking for parents and volunteers to help and share in this work. Please see Fr. Barnabas if you are interested in taking the lead in organizing our 2019 VCS. Please save the date and look for more information to come.
Our Study group will be taking a break for the Summer months of June, July, and August. We will resume once again in September. Thanks to all who continue to attend and participate in this parish education opportunity.
Special thanks and gratitude to Luke & Anna Wales for donating hundreds of books and three large bookcases for our library expansion as well as giving away another hundred books for Good Samaritan and prison libraries.
Visit the “Orthodoxy in America” website to find an Orthodox Church wherever you are heading. All the canonical Orthodox jurisdictions (OCA, Greek, Antiochian, Serbian, etc.) are listed together on this one helpful site: www.orthodoxyinamerica.org - Check it out! Also, contact the priest ahead of time to inform him that you would like to come for Holy Communion at the Liturgy. May God bless your travels and come back safe and sound!
If you do travel, please do not take a vacation from your financial support of our parish! The Church is here working even when you are not. Thank you for your mindfulness and continued support!
Now that the nice weather is upon us, recharge your spiritual life by checking out one of the books at the library table, outside the Coffee Hour room. Our library team has set out a new selection of books, and there's something to inspire everyone: Saint's lives, books on the spiritual life, books on prayer, and books for the kiddos. Check it out today.
|Date||3rd Hour||6th Hour||Epistle|
|Jul 28||J. Peck||Bunitsky||Finck|
|Date||Coffee Hour||Service Duty||Church Cleaner||Library|
|Jul 21||Whalen / Clause / Gabriel||Telep / Baldytchev||Bunitsky / Finck||Maloney|
|Jul 28||Pacienza / George / Grishin||Bunitsky / Morjana||Farrell||Gundersen|
|Aug 4||Hamwi / Morjana||Riley / Riley||Clause / Whalen||Farrell|
|Aug 11||Najemy / Kendall||Sulpizi / Finck||Hines||Skomorucha|
|Aug 18||Riley / Souder||Hojnicki / Souder||Skomorucha / Lewis / Kiflemarian||Maloney|
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