St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KADIJAH. We all love you very much.

Kadijah embodies the true spirit of "Nazareth" in Nazareth House Apostolate.

Nazareth is where our Lord spent his hidden life, where “nothing” was coming forth but tables and chairs, where He lived as we must live, where the Son of God was simply the son of Mary and Joseph.
The hiddeness and ordinariness of Nazareth is an icon to something beyond self. It is the accepting that people may say of us what others said of him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” John 1:46, i.e. can anything good come out of this life of “ordinariness”and “hiddeness”, strategically placed in areas of need, making a difference by entering into the present moment? The formation of this apostolate is our answer and by entering into this answer, we become a residence of mercy for Him.”

Hidden, silently, Kadijah goes about her daily chores and her work as an integral member of the Nazareth House staff.

She is invaluable to our work, as the mother of the household, she has many talents as well as being the HEART of St. Laurence House.

Daily, unbeknownst to most, Kadijah is quietly preparing meals for those who are in need. A stream of people come and eat of her labors - hidden, receiving a meal in her backyard and going about their business. There was a time that I have been inside St. Laurence House totally unaware of all that she was doing right under my nose in the backyard. She gives company to the lonely, finds clothing for the naked, all these things she does daily and no-one knows about it. She just tends to the needs, silently and hidden. Nazareth.

Nazareth House is most honored to have Kadijah as a staff member, but even more so..Fr. Seraphim and I are most honored and proud to have her as our daughter. did well in finding this wonderful women. ...But then again, we know your great wisdom and level headed thinking - therefore we wouldn't have expected anything less of you.

Cheers to you, our beautiful, Kadijah. Have a wonderful day. We wish you many Blessings on this day, your birthday, and always. WE LOVE YOU DEAR KADIJAH!