The Rush!

The following is important because of it being a reply from +Abouna Gregori regarding an e-mail I posted which is below his reply....

You are correct, people are in such a big rush these days, they don't take the time to smell the roses, so to speak, but I for one refuse to be pushed or prodded to speed up, either in my personal (private) prayer time or when I celebrate the Divine Liturgy or other public service.
 
It seems that the whole world is in a hurry, but the people have no idea as to where they are headed, and sad to say, I don't think they even care, as long as they receive immediate gratification, and none of it has to do with Godly pursuits. Most today, who who call themselves Christian, are so far from true Christianity, especially those who insist on reaching out to Muslim "refugees", wanting to allow thousands into our country, forgetting the FACT that Islam is not compatible with our Constitution, laws and way of life. Today's Christians loudly proclaim that it is the "Christian thing to do". I have read the Bible, over and over again, and no where have I found that Jesus taught any nation to commit national suicide. The are also forgetting that the goal of Islam is to take over Europe and the U.S. through exploding their population numbers to the point that sooner rather than later, they will out number the non-Muslim natives which means that they could then use our Constitution and laws to take control of the Government to the point that they can then vote to abolish our Constitution and then install their Islamic Sharia law.
 
I don't know, any more, what to do to wake people up and turn them back to God. Much like the majority of people have no interest in politics and don't want to hear any political talk, they also don't want to hear any thing concerning religion, especially if it comes from any Catholic group, Roman or Orthodox. Obama and his administration, through our public education system, through the mass media, and even through our own Congress and the courts, have fulfilled and made true two of Obama's promises, the first being Obama's statement: "WHAT EVER WE ONCE WERE, WE ARE NO LONGER A CHRISTIAN NATION." Obama has made certain of that, then there was his first statement just days before he was sworn in for his first term: "WE ARE JUST FIVE DAYS AWAY FROM FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGING THE UNITED STATES."
 
The damage is done, and no matter who gets elected, no one except GOD ALMIGHTY HIMSELF, can bring this nation back to what it was founded to be. I firmly believe that we ARE in the end days, and I also firmly believe that very few will be saved, and the majority just don't care. From here on out until the end, things are going to get worse, and the horrors to come will be so terrible as to cause people's hearts to fail.
 
God have mercy on us all.
 
+Gregori

 

On Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 2:33 PM, Thaddeus-apostle1 <thaddeus@apostle1.com> wrote:
 

          For many years now, I have watched and prayed with some, if not all of you in one form or another...

 

          Our vigilance in what each of us do, both in Praying, providing Divine Liturgy (Mass), counseling and in our many other specialty areas is a MUST!

 

          With the world around us, the people, living (for many of them) in a proverbial "Fog" whereby they less and less watch the news for many reasons, as well as their claim to be "Christian" while it is only lip service... our own selves being something of a leader of sorts, who are looked up to for guidance in all that we do... we cannot forget that our world, as we know it, is one of RUSH, RUSH, RUSH.  More often than NOT, it has infected us too!  We rush through prayers, we rush through Divine Liturgy, we rush through many other things.  Isn't it about time to slow down or stop and give some inner thought to what we are doing, or not doing?

 

          When we make the Sign of the Cross, for instance... how often do we truly say "In the name of the +Father, and of the +Son, and the +Holy Ghost (Spirit)” without rushing through it? Rushing through this action and PRAYER is a sin because it lacks both inner and outer humility! It lacks true sincerity of the heart!  It lacks the "faithfulness" that we proclaim in spirit and in truth! And, most of all, it lacks as a tool for teaching the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ!

 

          More often than not, I have found that the people are somewhat to blame for RUSHING Divine Liturgy and Prayers.  They complain about the amount of time it takes for Divine Liturgy (Mass) and get bored!  Many of the clergy try to accommodate them... but in doing so, they miss the real point of our Worship to God!  Did Jesus the Christ RUSH in praying, or providing such that brought to the people toward an understanding of His teachings?  No, He did not!  His patience, his compassion and willingness to go further is prevalent in Holy Scriptures. Can we do any better? No, we cannot... in fact we, for most of us, are doing less!  What a shame this makes me feel within!  I would hope and pray you too are affected by these words?  And that the shame you may feel leads you to talking to the people who you minister to and in doing so, teach them something more that would hopefully lift up their hearts and their minds toward TRUE worship in their spirit and in truth? 

 

          Odd as it may seem, but is very true, in the words of the Venerable Fulton J. Sheen of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church, “Most people today want a religion which suits the way they live, rather than one which makes demands on them. Thus, religion becomes a 'luxury' like an opera (or T.V. show) not a responsibility like life.”

 

          Your own actions toward becoming more “creative” is a blessing to your followers, especially those who may be harnessed to both a physical and mental deterioration... for a word from you in the right direction just might enliven their own spirit within...

 

          Should you ever have any questions, most of you know how to contact me on a one-to-one conversation or e-mail. 

 

          Blessing each one of you with good thoughts and prayers; I am,

 

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