St. Silouan the Athonite Mission Parish



Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86.000. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening, whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day is deleted. What would you do? Its name is TIME. Every morning it credits you with 86.400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back.

The clock is running. Make the most of today. To realize the value of one year, ask a student who failed a grade. To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of one hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who missed the train. To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the Olympic winner of the silver medal.

Treasure each and every moment that you have; the time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present! Offer your smile, your care, your friendship and the love of God to everyone.

Time is a holy gift, granted by God. If time is a gift from God, then that do we offer the time of our life to Christ or to the devil? On which altar do we sacrifice the time of our life; at the altar of eternity, or at the altar of the ephemeral?

It is a time for us as individuals and as a Church to delve into the meaning of time. To make time valuable is not with bureaucratic improvements for a better organization. We need to become the Church of the lost and of those who repent. The Church does not distinguish herself from the world because she is in the world. The church does not simply teach the world, but also suffers together with the world, because the Church is not an authority, but it is the truth. Let us make this year truly new in the spirit of ecclesiology, which emphasis on the essence of the faith, while limiting the folkloric exhibitions of the religious type which are indicators of spiritual nebulousness.

We are called to live this life with responsibility and principles. We need to see the time as God’s blessing, as an opportunity for change and renewal.

We have dug the earth sufficiently and we have deformed it. We need to dig deep inside us and to reform ourselves.

+Fr. Constantine Siarapis

Preacher of the Ecumenical Throne

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