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Dorotheus of Gaza & Announcements

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  • Sedrak, Mark
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 4, 2003
      > Do Not Judge
      >
      > The Fathers teach us that nothing is more serious than judging your
      > neighbor. Despite this, such a serious evil is committed even for things,
      > let us say, of little seriousness.
      >
      > It all begins with vague suspicions and thoughts like this: "What does it
      > matter if I hear what so-and-so is saying? What harm is there in going to
      > see what that person is up to? The mind quickly forgets its own sins and
      > becomes all the time more interested in the actions of others. This
      > results in rash judgments, slander, and contempt. In the end, the mind
      > falls into the same sins that it condemns in others.
      >
      > When someone ceases to worry about his own sins and, as the Fathers say,
      > "is not concerned about his death," it is absolutely impossible for him to
      > be corrected. Such a person does nothing but stick his nose into his
      > neighbor's affairs. And nothing annoys God so much or makes people so
      > miserable as speaking evil of one's neighbor and judging him.
      >
      > There is a difference between speaking evil of one's neighbor and judging
      > him.
      >
      > Speaking evil means saying, for instance, "So-and-so has told a lie; he
      > has lost his temper; he has committed fornication," or something of the
      > sort. The neighbor's sin is exposed on the spur of the moment.
      >
      > Judging, on the other hand, means saying, "So-and-so is a liar; he is
      > bad-tempered; he is a fornicator." The permanent disposition of his soul
      > is under judgment, his whole life is being judged, and this is indeed
      > serious.
      >
      > Dorotheus of Gaza
      > ______________________________________________________
      >
      > Coptic Orthodox Church, Diocese of Los Angeles & U.S. Copts
      > Association Cordially invite you to a Community Reception with...
      >
      > * His Grace Bishop Serapion
      > Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, and
      > Hawaii
      > * Mark S. Bullock
      > Assistant Director, FBI
      > FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
      > * Ronald L. Iden
      > Assistant Director in Charge, FBI
      > Los Angeles Division
      > * Michael Meunier
      > President, U.S. Copts Association
      >
      > In a joint effort with the Diocese of Los Angeles and U.S. Copts
      > Association, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will address the
      > Coptic community regarding the FBI's commitment to the community post
      > September 11th and various measures through which Copts themselves may
      > share in making a positive difference to the nation. Special
      > representatives from the FBI's recruiting division will be on hand to
      > answer questions regarding the hiring process and job openings with the
      > FBI.
      >
      > LOCATION
      > Hyatt Regency Orange County
      >
      > 11999 Harbor Boulevard
      > Garden Grove, CA 92840-2732
      > Phone (714) 750-1234
      > Fax: (714) 740-0465
      >
      >
      > November 16, 2003
      >
      > 5:00 PM
      > Dinner served at 5:30 PM
      >
      > For tickets to the event, please contact your church bookstore or call
      > 1-866-3-COPTIC or Purchase online at
      > <http://www.copts.net/dinner.asp>
      >
      > ______________________________________________________
      >
      > Hi everyone,
      > The Coptic Clubs would like to announce our monthly All-Night Praise.
      >
      > The series will continue on the second Friday of every month. This month's
      > All-Night Vigil will be on November 14, 2003 starting at 10 pm with the
      > vesper prayers, followed with a talk given by Fr. Gregory Bishay on
      > "NOAH".
      >
      > The midnight praise will follow and the liturgy will end at 5 am.
      > NOTE: IF you would like to take communion, please refrain from eating at 8
      > pm.
      > The all-night vigil will be taking place at the COCC. For directions go
      > to
      > www.thecocc.org
      >
      > God bless you all and let us pray for one another
      > **Please forward this message to everyone. This is open for all!! :)
      > ______________________________________________________
      >
      > Check out the following WebPages
      > ______________________________________________________
      >
      > Coptic Orphans
      > <http://www.copticorphans.org>
      > ______________________________________________________
      >
      > St. Shenouda the Archimanidrite Coptic Society
      > <http://www.stshenouda.com/>
      >
      > Coptic Orthodox Christian Center (C.O.C.C)
      > <http://www.thecocc.org/>
      >
      > Pope Shenouda Coptic Orthodox Theological Seminary (LA branch)
      > <http://www.geocities.com/copticseminary/>
      >
      > St. Athanasius WebPages
      > <http://www.st-athanasius.org>
      >
      > St. Athanasius Youth WebPages
      > <http://www.stayouth.8k.com>
      >
      > UCLA Coptic Club WebPages
      > <http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/coptic/>
      >
      > Cal Poly Pomona Coptic Club
      > <http://www.csupomona.edu/~coptic/>
      >
      > St. Mary & St. Verena Web Pages
      > <http://www.saintverena.org>
      >
      > St. Abanoub and St. Antony
      > <http://www.saintabanoub.org>
      >
      > St. John the Beloved Web Page
      > <http://www.saintjohnorthodox.com/>
      >
      > Verse of the Day
      > <http://www.votdonline.com>
      >
      > Mark Sadek
      > <http://members.aol.com/marksadek>
      >
      > St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, New York
      > <http://www.cocstgeorge.org>
      >
      > St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, Bellflower, CA
      > <http://www.stgeorge-lacopts.org>
      >
      > Archangel Michael in Santa Ana, CA
      > <http://www.archangelmichaeloc.org>
      >
      > St. Mary & Archangel Raphael
      > Burlington, Vermont
      > <http://copticvt.tripod.com>
      >
      > St. George Youth
      > Bellflower, CA
      > <http://www.stgeorgeyouth.com/>
      >
      > myCopticChurch.com - The Coptic Experience
      > <http://www.myCopticChurch.com/>
      >
      > Cal State Fullerton Coptic Club
      > <http://www32.brinkster.com/csufcopticclub/homepage>
      >
      >
      >
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