Wisdom from the Holy Fathers
"When the sly demon, after using many devices, fails to hinder the prayer of the diligent, he desists a little; but when the man has finished his prayer, he takes his revenge. He either fires his anger and thus destroys the fair state produced by prayer, or excites an impulse towards some animal pleasure and thus mocks his mind."
†St. Nilus of Sinai
"Indirectly, the devil confesses God through temptations...Sin brings humility. So it is understood that the devil plays an indirect “role” in our salvation for he reveals our infirmities, and by this helps us to grow. If he would realize how much help is to our salvation, he would trouble us less."
Elder Arsenie Papacioc+ of Romania
"You will say, then, to me, 'Do you, who see God, explain to me the appearance of God.' Hear, O man. The appearance of God is ineffable and indescribable, and cannot be seen by eyes of flesh. For in glory He is incomprehensible, in greatness unfathomable, in height inconceivable, in power incomparable, in wisdom unrivaled, in goodness inimitable, in kindness unutterable. For if I say He is Light, I name but His own work; if I call Him Word, I name but His sovereignty; if I call Him Mind, I speak but of His wisdom; if I say He is Spirit, I speak of His breath; if I call Him Wisdom, I speak of His offspring; if I call Him Strength, I speak of His sway; if I call Him Power, I am mentioning His activity; if Providence, I but mention His goodness; if I call Him Kingdom, I but mention His glory; if I call Him Lord, I mention His being judge; if I call Him Judge, I speak of Him as being just; if I call Him Father, I speak of all things as being from Him; if I call Him Fire, I but mention His anger. You will say, then, to me, 'Is God angry?' Yes; He is angry with those who act wickedly, but He is good, and kind, and merciful, to those who love and fear Him; for He is a chastener of the godly, and father of the righteous; but He is a judge and punisher of the impious."
†St. Theophilus of Antioch
We are still looking for volunteers, teachers, and substitutes for the upcoming 2018-19 church school year. All those interested in helping with church school please see Fr. Barnabas. The Moliben for the beginning of church school will be offered today as others prepare and set up for the picnic.
Catalina Finck and Father Barnabas represented St. Michael’s at the 19th All-American Council, with the theme "For the Life of the World" from Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann's book by the same name. It was indeed a fruitful AAC! Everyone is encouraged to visit the Orthodox Church in America’s web site, Ancient Faith Radio, or the Orthodox Church in America’s Facebook page to listen and to see the ongoing work of our Orthodox Church.
Catalina and Fr. Barnabas gave a report to the parish during coffee hour on Sunday, August 19th. (Anyone with additional questions should feel free to contact them.) There are also printed materials from the AAC on a table in the entranceway to the fellowship hall.
Below are links to videos of the AAC. You do not need to set up a FaceBook account to view them. (When the window pops up asking you to log in or sign up, just click on the link that says "Not Now".)
A Welcome to the 19th All-American Council from His Grace, Bishop Paul Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest.
19th AAC Introduction Movie
The opening Address of the 19th All American Council by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon.
Videos of 19th AAC, YOU DO NOT NEED a Facebook account.
Great videos from plenary sessions, each OCA diocese video, and more.
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