. . .We ignore our poor and elderly, the dispossessed, the mentally ill, the stranger in our midst. We are too busy pursuing our own 15 minutes of fame! We have no time to spare to help others, to visit the sick, to comfort the despairing, to guide the lost, to resettle the dispossessed, to show hospitality to the stranger. Abraham entertained angels but we do not even know who our neighbors are! We do not even see the homeless. The pains and trials of those “not of our class” or “not of our race” are “not our problem”! . . . .Life itself is progressively cheapened. People who cannot defend themselves -the unborn, the severely disabled- are treated as things to be managed (or disposed of) by others. In our greed for personal wealth and power, we trash the environment, God’s glorious creation and the web of life that He designed to sustain us all, as if it were merely our property over which we have a right to do as we please. . . .
An excerpt “God Must Be Weeping,” by Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes. For the entire spiritual writing, click on this website: http://www.serfes.org/spiritual/september2007.htm
“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” The 100,000 or so who march each year in the frigid air and grim, grey streets of Washington D.C. on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme 1973 “Roe versus Wade” decision to legalize abortion with virtually no limits are largely ignored by the U.S. media outlets for their efforts. But God sees; He counts our every effort made, our every tear shed, according to His call to mourn our sins, personal and corporate, and to be peacemakers between our nation and all of it’s unborn children.
Orthodox Christian Pro-Life Ministries and writings
Orthodox Christians for Life http://oclife.org/
ZOE for Life! http://zoeforlifeonline.org/
In Communion: Pro-Life Resources http://incommunion.org/articles/essays/pro-life-resources-5
In Communion: “The Treehouse: Saving Lives One by One” http://incommunion.org/articles/previous-issues/issue-36/the-treehouse
Frederica Mathewes-Green: “Something No Woman Wants” & “The Judgement of the Next Generation:” http://www.frederica.com/writings/something-no-woman-wants.html & http://www.frederica.com/writings/the-judgement-of-the-next-generation.html
“Pray Constantly” (St. Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians 5:17)
In Communion: “Becoming the Jesus Prayer” http://incommunion.org/?p=338
Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church: Khouria’s Corner (scroll down to her book The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer That Tunes the Heart to God: http://www.holycrossonline.org/our_parish/khourias_corner/
The book’s publisher, Paraclete Press, on the book: http://www.paracletepress.com/the-jesus-prayer.html
. . . O Lord, grant me tears to shed for myself,
and for the whole universe,
that the nations may know Thee and live eternally with Thee.
O Lord, vouchsafe us the gift of Thy humble Holy Spirit,
that we may apprehend Thy glory.
– St. Silouan of Mt. Athos