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Monthly Message from Father Niko – July 2022

“What is this blessing?  Freedom, courage, indescribable joy, power, strength, clarity of thought, peace of conscience, hope in God, hymnody to God, love for one’s neighbors, and meaning to one’s life!” – St. Nicholas the Serb

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

When one encounters the various prescriptions for life which our Church offers us – fasting, prayer, attending church, abstaining from behaviors that are unhealthy – at first glance, they might seem very restrictive. As a child, I certainly felt this way when I was first told about such things, and indeed, many in our world today may run the risk of feeling the same way.

The reality is, however, that life in the Church is anything but restrictive. When one makes an effort to live a life in Christ, and to follow the Church’s teachings for oneself, the result is something that is more liberating than anything we could imagine. A tree is at its healthiest when it is growing one direction – upward, toward the sun. In a similar fashion, this might sound to some that the tree is being restricted, growing “only” one direction. Yet if the tree were to try to grow in every direction, how healthy would the tree actually be?  Would it be healthy, or collapse under its weight, and the pressures of its surroundings? 

The result of following our appetites and impulses as we please is much like a tree growing in several directions. In a similar fashion, human beings are at our most healthy when we follow the path that He has laid before us. It is pure, amazing freedom to follow the prescriptions given to us by the Church, and we experience this when we take a leap of faith and try to live by them! As we reflect this month on our freedoms as citizens of this country, let us also remember that in His love for us, the Lord gave us the highest freedom any created being can have – life with Him!

Καλο καλοκαιρι!  Have a wonderful summer!

With love in Christ,

Father Niko Bekris
Parish Priest

Our Church

Our Priest and Our Team

Liz Levy

Office Administrator

Marcelo P. Souza

Site administrator, teacher.

Renee Taylor

Communications Coordinator, Site Administrator, Content Creator @ Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church.

Fr. Niko Bekris

Parish Priest since 2015

Anna Teodosiadis

Youth Director
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Spiritual Sayings

A certain monk told me that when he was very sick, his mother said to his father, “How our little boy is suffering. I would gladly give myself to be cut up into pieces if that would ease his suffering.” Such is the love of God for people. He pitied people so much that he wanted to suffer for them, like their own mother, and even more. But no one can understand this great love without the grace of the Holy Spirit.

A protection and shelter, I have with you in my life.

God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves.

The soul that loves God has its rest in God and in God alone. In all the paths that men walk in in the world, they do not attain peace until they draw nigh to hope in God.

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