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November 2014

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another." (Galatians 5:22-26)

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I trust that your walk with our Lord is fruitful and full of peace. Many have said that the Orthodox Church is the best kept secret in North America. I've had many occasions where someone will ask me, "what is the Orthodox Christian Church-I have never heard of that "denomination..." Trying to explain the Orthodox faith in two minutes is impossible.

The reason I bring this up has to do with the frustration of others’ misunderstanding regarding our historic faith. Arguing serves no purpose. Isolating ourselves does not help as well. Is tIcon Entry Theotokoshere an answer for this predicament we face? Yes! We are known by our fruits. Our belief is a way of life and is meant to be expressed through "our fruit of virtue." By virtue I mean the general sense of the impression we give others. We can be rooted in our doctrine yet be void of fruit.

I recently had lunch with a man who I met at a school. He wanted to have lunch with me, so I gave him my phone number. When he called my phone he thought it must be the wrong number because the voice mail message said "you have reached Fr. David". I explained to him that I was an Orthodox Christian priest and that led into a long discussion about Orthodoxy.

This friend did say to me, "I listen to you and you have wisdom." Any wisdom that I have has come through suffering and victory. Suffering tempers the metal of our faith, victory is the fruit of our faith.

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long: We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (Romans 5: 35-37)

During this season of Advent, let those around us see the fruits of love and virtue in our lives.

May the beauty of heaven consume you…Fr. David

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