From the Parish Priest – Fr. Romey Rosco
It has often been said that man is his own worst enemy.¬† Just as the Spirit of God is alive in us, so is the Evil One very much alive, tempting our will with “worldly pleasures” and the tendency toward careless neglect of our relationship with God.¬† The fact that we are “temples of God” (1 Corinthians 3:16) does not mean our will is controlled by Him.¬† God has given us free-will for the simple purpose of lovingly choosing Him (the Author of all that is good and beneficial) over everything Satan has to offer, no matter how appealing it may seem.
Let’s not be careless, neither with our body nor with our soul.¬† Choose to follow the Commandments of God and the prescriptions of His Holy Church to the best of your ability and without excuses.¬† The Church’s duty is to continue the work of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, among His people.¬† He gave His precious body and blood for His sheep in order to unite us within Himself so that we may all be together with Him in His Kingdom.¬† To ignore that is to condemn ourselves to eternal destruction, for “If a man does not abide in Me, he is cast forth like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned.” (John 15:6)
So, don’t just live your life aimlessly.¬† Take great care to seek His guidance throughout your days, and live your Faith!
From The Weekly Bulletin, Vol. XXXIX No. 34, 12 August 2012
Sts. Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, Dearborn Heights MI