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From our spiritual father, Vladyka Thaddeus

    How would you feel if you truly felt the hand of the devil on your back?  You would surely pray to God, in the name of Jesus Christ and the Holy Theotokos (Mother) for help as you would seek to do repentance without putting it off.

    Each evening one should truly thank God that you have another day in which you take time to recount the day's events, your words, actions and thoughts, seeking repentance for those things you have intentionally caused that harm others.

    Even though having been for more than 30 years now a Bishop in the One, Holy, Orthodox, Catholic and Apostolic Church... even having been consecrated a Metropolitan Archbishop within the last ten years... But, the truth is that I did not deserve these holy offices because of my own sins of omission and commission...

    My unworthiness has caused me to often feel that my struggles are alone... Yet, they were not so!  For in these struggles over the past years... there has always been someone there for me.  More especially is this true when one reaches a turning in their life which brings about a crisis of faith... about one's unworthiness. 

    It is not easy for one to be in a spiritual monastic state when living in the world and having to cope with mundane matters of daily existence for the needs of those seeking help and for self.

    I will not and cannot part from the hope and power of Divine grace, and with great fear I am telling you, my desire is to abide by that which exists in most true Orthodox monasteries.  But, alas, poor fool that I am... there is none I can run to.  For if I were to do so, I would abandon that to which I am assigned for the needs of Jesus Christ, His Church and her people.  Yet, I am nothing!  I am a sinner of the worse kind... not by those things man convicts one of... but that which is not seen or heard... Having had anger as my unholy brother, pride as my unholy sister, and worse things that only belong to an unholy one... 

    Oh, thank God that we have recourse in and through Jesus Christ... even through the Most Holy, Most Precious, Most powerful intercessor, the Mother of God, in whom nobody will his hope in vain.

    With the many material problems of maintaining the International Communications Headquarters of this Jurisdiction (American Orthodox Church /and the / North American Orthodox Church) ...  it is often times very overwhelming and even costly... I find I am little different than the neighbor whose anger can be heard or felt from untold distances... and then... I am shaken within my conscience to the realization of "Challenge" to my faith.. and my trust in and through Jesus Christ... my trust in God... then comes realization!

    God orders our salvation as He desires. 

    I must admit that I would do poorly if I were to run to a monastery... for one thing, I am afraid of being disobedient to the superior... I would indeed prefer death than disobedience.  And, on this thinking.. I also realize that my obedience is to stay put... trust in God and in the Word of God, Jesus Christ!

    Since all the clergy in this Jurisdiction practice that of olden times and seek no "pay" for the Word, the Holy Mysteries, cannot be sold, and thus our struggle to aide, assist and teach the people is not for purposes of monetary reward... living accordingly to that purpose for which we were ordained... paying out of our own pockets that which is necessary for equipment, printing, computers and many other things... it becomes the thoughts of many clergy that they are barking up the proverbial "wrong tree" (when speaking to a person or people)...  and therein lays another of our struggles when there is little to no measurement by which we can deduce if our efforts have enriched the other (person or people) with spiritual food, strength and the ability to persevere....

    Yes, I have great hope in our Good Lord, but knowing that I am more weak within than ever, so uninitiated and impervious to the Holy Mysteries... I realize that the more I encounter them (Mysteries), the more fervently I must repent even more...

    This may indeed, according to the thinking of a few... be the year in which we shall find our last chance to draw closer to our Lord, Jesus Christ... before we find ourselves being called and taken out of this life... We must deal with this day in which we are living, and let the tomorrow deal with itself... For it boggles the mind and overwhelms us by trying to deal with tomorrow before this day is even over with. 

    With technology problems having arisen in the last week, having found a temporary fix, hearing confessions and doing counseling... as well as maintaining this miserable old body as best as one can... I find myself even further challenged in spirit by those things of this life... temper, temper, temper... prayer and Hope is about all that I can truly trust in... and in that trust, I find Jesus Christ, the Most Holy Theotokos and all the saints surrounding my sinful self, strengthening my spirit during these weaknesses...

    Truthfully, we should fear the wrath of God for our sinfulness... for man will, no matter what we do, condemn us because of their own short sightedness as is proven time and again when they say all manner of ungodly things against another one, even my unworthy self, remembering not anything that may have been good.  But "goodness" is not in me, according to a man's thinking for they remember only the worse... and God Himself knows our own unworthiness and by Him through our sincere repentance shall we be saved, and that only by the Grace of God... not man!

    Pray for me, a miserable sinner in the vineyard of this Life as a servant of Jesus Christ....

+Joseph Thaddeus


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"Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern. The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."

 

- Blessed St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco

The purpose for presenting this Daily News section:

Daily News is very important to those who are true Orthodox Catholic Christians.  For without knowing or gaining information for understanding about what is happening in one's local area and around the world, you could  find yourself faced with denied services in the secular area, lack of income, even (although it sounds far-fetched) ability to worship openly for the time is not far off when all will have to decide if they wish to follow the Anti-Christ through the One World Church and One World Government as prophesied by the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation of St. John or follow the faith delivered once and for all which will cause for many to be denied the abilities to survive under those kind of conditions, causing for one to consider other options. 

 

Many of those who subscribe to, and some who have caused or are the cause for, these things to happen are involved in or with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church (which is not the seat of all things "Catholic") as well as its protestant daughters such as the cultic Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church and far too many more to list. 

 

Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too.

 

Events are already rushing toward that time in which this is beginning to happen and will become more fully wide-spread. In these present times all you need to really do is look around both your local and larger areas as to what is really on-going through.  Things so very little or miniscule that they are barely noticeable except to the more informed observer may become apparent. 

Those little things are the laws of the land, economics, politics, the degrading and erosion of those rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution of these United States of America and many other things such as the manner with which entertainments have taken over much of the populace, entering into and becoming a major focus in worship, and more. 

We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

[ * Non-Denominational = Synchrestic Ecumenism, Disease of Scholasticism, altering the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to accommodate the disease of Political Correctness and CULTIC PROTESTANTISM, and the Roman Jurisdiction (Latin Church = Vatican) of the Catholic Church) breaking of - or failure and refusal to respect and abide by  - the ancient Seven Ecumenical "Do Not" Canons which leaves everything else open to God's gift of creativity... failure & refusal to abide by and have respect for those who diligently protect one of the other Pillars of the Church, the Seals of the Confessional, but "Non-Denominational" also includes worshiping Satan's religion of Muslim, Islam by praying with them and other heretics such as 'Pentecostalism,' 'Jehovah's Witnesses,' 'Mormons,' 'Church of Christ,' any so-called church with "Community Church" in their nomenclature and others who by their false and misleading dogmas and doctrines are actually against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ upon whom and for exacting reason we are called "Christian" in both spirit and truth from which non-denominational protestant sectarian claimants have departed from as being so-called Christian] Only a skilled spiritual father can help you!

Remember: You cannot ride two horses or serve two masters for one of them will be harmed by your thoughts, your very words and your actions which is to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (Spirit) who will depart from you.  And when the Holy Spirit departs, the great deceiver (unbeknownst to you) will rush in to fill the void under disguise of being the Holy Spirit!  Testing of the Holy Spirit to insure it is the Holy Spirit does not, for many a Sectarian Protestant and Roman, work because the Great Deceiver (Satan) is most skilled in worming and snaking his charms around your mind and heart to feign being the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Satan has the same gifts similar to the Holy Spirit but Satan's gifts are UN-HOLY and lead all who accept him (unbeknownst to you) to perdition.

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