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September 2014

“Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise worthy meditate on these. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:5-9)

Good morning!

In my library I have easy access to many books. I have the joy of going to bookstores and I am able to pick out any Christian book, even Orthodox books. This is not the case for those who are in prison. One of the joys I treasure is the ability to mail spiritual books to those who do not share the same access that I sometimes take for granted.

0901churchyearThrough a generous gift we have been able to mail a prayer book to the prisoners this past week. I’m sure you have seen the “little” red prayer book printed by the Antiochian Christian Archdiocese of North America. It is not uncommon for me to receive a request for liturgical prayer books for those who hunger to turn their prison cell into a prayer cell.

Prayer is more than words. To me, it is the constant awareness of the presence of God. I will admit I do a lot of praying when I drive. So many people are in such a hurry…including me. We have so many "instant" access technologies which cause me to be somewhat impatient.

Many of those we minister to have time, which can be a trial for their faith. Please pray for prisoners and their salvation. What little we do has an impact beyond our comprehension.

May the beauty of heaven consume you…Fr. David

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