Message to St. Nectarios Parishioners
Talents at the Service of the Church and Assistance to our Fellowman.
As we enter the month of November, let me mention four Christian Saints, among countless others, who made a difference in their society, by helping other people, each with their own talents.
St. Philip the Apostle, Who, at the direction of the holy Spirit, catechized the Ethiopian Eunuch and baptized him. He then sent him to his country to bear witness to Christ among his people.
St. John Chrysostom used his eloquence and deep knowledge of the Christian faith to teach the people in Antioch as a priest and Constantinople as a Patriarch. He did not only preach the gospel but he also practiced his faith. He fed 3000 widows and orphans a day. He ended his saintly life as a martyr, as a witness to the truth.
Saint Catherine defended the Christian faith against the philosophers of her time. She taught them the truth of the revealed faith of Christ. She suffered martyrdom defending the truth among the idolaters. She is one of the great martyrs of our faith. The monastery on Mount Sinai, where Moses received the 10 Commandments, as well as many churches are dedicated to her memory.
The Holy Unmercenaries, Cosmas and Damian, physicians and compassionate Christians, used their profession to heal people and strengthen them in their faith. They taught us to look not only after the health of our body, but also not to neglect the health of our spirit, our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. They have become the Patron Saints of our Philoptochos.
All these charismatic Saints of our Church have taught us to use our gifts to honor and serve God and, at the same time, to assist and serve our fellowman.
Fr. John P. Angelis
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