Living YOUR faith….

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So, I wanted to take a second to talk to you about “Living your faith”….now, most people know (or by the picture above can guess) I am a Christian Cleric.

I LIVE my faith daily. By “living” it I mean I pray, say prayers for others, help where I can, lend the needed ear, or shoulder, or counsel, and do everything I can to help my fellow man. (as is directed by my Master in Mark 12:29-31…”“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”)

Now then, I know not everyone is of the same Faith as myself…that much is OBVIOUS..but what I wanted to say is this: It does not matter WHICH faith you follow…which God you pray to….which deity you bow before, those commandments given by my Master are UNIVERSAL. To love another person as if they were the very essence of The Divine…which, as any theologian will tell you, THEY ARE.

Putting aside religious rhetoric, and dogma, for a minute…is it SO BAD to want peace?? So bad to want everyone to actually PULL together instead of tearing asunder?? IT CAN HAPPEN…if everyone respected another person enough to say “well, that is their faith and it is good in their eyes”….

I see clerics preaching hatred from the pulpit, and narrowminded people using those words to justify the evil they do to one another.

I see men of little minds ignoring the most BASIC of teachings from God…TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. I have many friends…Islamic, Hebrew, Pagan, Christian, “OTHER”…and I respect each and every one of their faiths…why?…because it is THEIR faith! It may not be mine, or agree with everything I am….but I understand that it is THEY who have to stand before their maker sometime in the future, and who is to say MINE is right or not?? NO ONE KNOWS FOR CERTAIN…so…live YOUR faith, and follow YOUR heart…let them worry about theirs…

This is just my take on it….

READING OF THE DAY: 14 JANUARY, 2013

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“After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God:

This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen.

Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.

He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.

They too were in a boat mending their nets.

Then he called them.

So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.” -Mark 1:14-20.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 14 JANUARY, 2013

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SAINT SAVA
Abbot and Patron of Serbia
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Sava was the son of Stephen I, founder of the Nemanydes dynasty, and also known as Sabas. He became a monk on Mount Athos in Greece when he was seventeen. With his father, who abdicated in 1196, he founded Khilandrai Monastery on Mount Athos for Serbian monks and became Abbot.

He returned home in 1207 when his brothers, Stephen II and Vulkan, began to quarrel, and civil war broke out. Sava brought many of his monks with him, and from the headquarters he established at Studenitsa Monastery, he founded several monasteries and began the reformation and education of the country, where religion and education had fallen to a low estate.

He was named metropolitan of a new Serbian hierarchy by Emperor Theodore II Laskaris at Nicaea; was consecrated, though for political reasons unwillingly, by Patriarch Manuel I in 1219; returned home bringing more monks from Mount Athos; and in 1222 crowned his brother Stephen II King of Serbia.

Through his efforts, he finished the uniting of his people that had been begun by his father, translated religious works into Serbian, and gave his people a native clergy and hierarchy.

He made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, was later sent on a second visit there on an ecclesiastical mission, and died on the way back at Tirnovo, Bulgaria, on January 14.

He is the patron of Serbia.