Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Our Lord Christ sums up the Law and the Prophets with these two commandments. As Christians, we are obliged to love God first and foremost. But closely associated with the commandment to love God is to love our neighbor. Our neighbor is anyone in need, whether that need is a cup of water, a warm bed, a meal, or an education.
Our mission at Saint Tabitha Orphanage is to fulfill these two great commandments of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We strive each day to look after the spiritual, physical, educational, and social needs of orphaned children. Our faith instructs us that this is our duty. We are responsible for these children according to the teaching of Christ and our holy Orthodox faith.
Each of our 26 children is precious in the eyes of the Lord and it is our duty to love them, to instruct them in the salvific faith and provide for their material and educational needs.
We realize our very salvation depends upon how we treat these little ones to whom the Lord entrusted us. In the words of our holy father Saint John Chrysostom, “Do you wish to honor the Body of the Savior? Do not despise it when it is naked. Do not honor it in church with silk vestments while outside it is naked and numb with cold. He who said, “This is my body,” and made it so by his word, is the same who said, “You saw me hungry and you gave me no food. As you did it not to the least of these, you did it not to me.” Honor him then by sharing your property with the poor. For what God needs is not golden chalices but golden souls.” St. John Chrysostom “On the Gospel of St. Matthew”, 50, iii (PG 58, 508)
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