Archive for June 2009
|QUO VADIS ROMANIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY?
When we talk about the Romanian-American community, we have in mind two distinct groups: the lay organizations and the religious organization. The lay organizations are disjointed and fractioned. Ever since the demise of the Union and League a few years back, there is no more national organization to speak on their behalf. Yes, there are organized groups in New York, Atlanta, Detroit, California and Montreal, and possibly in other places, but no national organization to represent them.
|Recently, a letter signed by Fr. Adrian Balescu and the President of the Parish Council of the Holy Trinity Church in Miramar, Florida was circulated on the internet and published in the Detroit newspaper Curentul International.|
|ADMINISTRATOR’S NOTE: “The author is from a family which has Romanian roots in the USA from the turn of the previous century. He is a descendant of the founding fathers of the community now known as the ROEA Philadelphia parish. The ROEA remains his religious home.”|
|I ask you to consider the following four questions: 1) who are we, 2) what are we being asked to reject, 3) what are we being asked to accept and 4) why are we being called to consider leaving the ROEA, OCA behind and form the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Americas (ROMA) under the Church of Romania (BOR)?|
|Romanian Unity Proposal Continues to Raise Concerns, Questions
(Excerpts of the article found on ocanews.org)
PRAYER OF ST. EPHREM
O Lord and Master of my life,
leave me not with the spirit of laziness,
of despair, of domination, or idle words.
Rather, give me, your servant, the spirit of integrity,
of humility, of patience, and of love.
Thus, Lord, grant me the wisdom to see my own faults,
and not condemn my brother;
for You are blessed, now and forever. Amen.
Our Father, who are in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day
our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.