About the widows while leafing through the Holy Script

About the widows while leafing through the Holy Script
We have recently buried a Serbian woman. At the funeral, which was very large, beside our church singer and me, no more than three Serbs were present. An insignificant person, you would think. I was likely tempted to think that too until I entered the home of one of her sons after the burial. There ...

About the Commitment to the Will of God

About the Commitment to the Will of God
Mt. 19, 16-26 A rich young man approaches Christ with a question: which is a good deed he should do so that he could get eternal life. The Lord reminds him about Moses` commands along with rebuking him for trying to fawn over him, calling him gracious. Christ, too, was thirsty for love and goodness ...

They bequeathed to us the teaching of God, pure and unchanged – The Sunday of the Holy Fathers

They bequeathed to us the teaching of God, pure and unchanged  - The  Sunday of the Holy Fathers
John 17:1-13 Certain days in the Church year are dedicated to the memory of the Holy Fathers. These are the men, brothers and sisters, who, illuminated by the Holy Spirit, studied, interpreted and spread the teachings of the Church. Many of them sacrificed a great deal for the holy teachings. Most of them gave their ...

Self-exiled Welcoming Catacombs

Self-exiled Welcoming Catacombs
“Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” (Jer. 23, 29) Our words as well, once, were clean and scorching like a fire; and they had such weight behind them so that hard rocks would shatter under them. In the meantime, our words ...

In honour giving preferance to one onother

In honour giving preferance to one onother
(Rom. 12: 10) St. Paul’s epistle to the Romans, chapter 6, gives us a most valuable lesson on how to live together, how to coordinate our relationships and how to transcend our many weaknesses, among which pride and envy are the chief. For us Serbs, one of the instructions of the Apostle has a particularly ...

With the mouth confession is made unto salvation

With the mouth confession is made unto salvation
(Rom. 10: 10) “For with the heart one believes into righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:10) writes St. Paul in his epistle to the Christians in Rome. Before this, the Apostle expounds on a subject that was very common in his day, as it is in ours: what does ...

And the hand of the Lord was with them

And the hand of the Lord was with them
Acts 11: 19 – 26; 29 – 30 talks about the first and, by all standards, most fruitful and joyful times of the Church of Christ. It was the time of zeal and flourishing, when all the people who believed were “of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things ...

Christ comes to the world to save the sinners

Christ comes to the world to save the sinners
Tim. 1, 15-17 Holy apostle Paul visited us with the most joyful message of encouragement and hope. “This saying is trustworthy  and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost.”(1. Tim. 1, 15) “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so ...

The blinds with the blinds (2)

The blinds with the blinds (2)
The demons, as the most skilled conman, in countless and unfathomable ways pull people into prelest. “He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den; He lies in wait to catch the poor; He catches the poor when he draws him into his net.” (Ps. 10, 9) “There are many who ascended into ...

The Blind with the Blind (1)

The Blind with the Blind (1)
…”when they, because of their pride, have contempt for others, speak poorly of them, yet keep that they are worthy, in their mind, to be pastors to the sheep and their teachers, they resemble a blind man wishing to show they way for other blind men.” St. Ignatius Bryanchaninov Perhaps the title is slightly harsh, ...