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MARCH PASTORAL MESSAGE
I pray your Lenten journey is
proceeding well and that we are all offering a fast acceptable to our
Lord. I also pray we are all
taking advantage of the many beautiful services the Church offers us for
our spiritual edification.
Over the last year, we have seen
a Christian Holocaust unfold in the Middle East. Thousands of Christian
men, women and children continue to be obliterated by Islamic Extremists
in the most unspeakable ways. The most recent was the horrific murder of
21 Coptic Christians early in February. By the end of February, the
Coptic Orthodox Church canonized those men as Martyrs. The moving,
newly created icon which I disseminated
mass email list captures these martyrs as they receive their crowns from
heaven while on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. As we pray for all
the persecuted and seek out ways to express our outrage for the
continuing brutality, we are also given reason to pause and reflect on
our Orthodox Christian faith. These men, women and precious children are
being asked to renounce Jesus Christ yet they choose to say NO. These
are indeed Saints.
This Lent, let us reflect on the
many examples of faith we can imitate.
First and foremost, let us look at our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ as the supreme example of Extreme Humility by subjecting himself
to brutality and the Cross.
Let us look at our patron Saints whose names we have been given that we
may imitate their Christian walk.
Finally, let us cause ourselves this Lent to consider our
spiritual walk and progress by taking stock of our lives. We are not
being asked to renounce Jesus Christ in order to save our physical
lives. Make no mistake however, our Christianity and our Christian
values are challenged every day even in these great United States of
May we preoccupy ourselves with spiritual contemplation, fasting by
watching what comes out of our mouths as well as what goes in,
repentance, forgiving others, reading scripture and practicing good
works this glorious Lenten season.
With brotherly love, your co-journeyer this blessed Lent.