Our Purpose: Your Benefit
The purpose of the Word of Wisdom program is to spiritually benefit those souls seeking to grow. Since Word of Wisdom is managed by volunteering monks and brothers of the Abbey, the program is absolutely free of charge to all who wish to receive it. This ministry is provided for solely by the donations that are made specifically to the program.
Our Name: Word of Wisdom
The name Word of Wisdom was chosen because this is precisely what pilgrims who sought guidance from the desert fathers would ask for. Hungry souls would walk tirelessly through the sweltering heat of the desert to find an elder seeking a word of wisdom. The holy lives of the monks would draw these faithful souls to the desert only hoping to plea, "Abba, give me a word that I may be saved!" with the intention of submitting themselves completely to whatever counsel the elder advised them.
Although the journey to the desert and the struggle to find an elder was an important lesson for these pilgrims as they sought guidance for their lives, in our modern times it is not always possible to come to the Abbey for retreat. For this reason, we have followed the guidance of St. Pachomius, the Father of Coenobitic (Communal) Monasticism, when there was a lack of spiritual elders and guides in the deserts. St. Pachomius standing in the midst of his monastery’s collection of books motioned with his hands to the full shelves and said, “These are your elders”.
It is in this spirit that the Abbey is joyful to present the Word of Wisdom program to the Coptic Orthodox faithful and all children of God.
Our Items: CDs, DVDs, and small books.
Due to modern technology and media, our senses are always yearning for something to absorb. For this reason the Word of Wisdom program endeavors to focus on producing and distributing small books, audio, and video productions. By no means do we belittle the profound benefit of sitting to read a book or quiet meditation—these are indispensible practices which can only be supplemented, but never replaced.
Help us, Help others: For you, By you
Although the Abbey hopes to produce its' own works to be distributed through the Word of Wisdom program, it is without a doubt that there are an abundance of works which have already been produced by different Churches and establishments throughout the Coptic Church. It would be a shame for these valuable productions which have already proven to benefit others to be "put under a basket." Thus, it is one of the objectives of the Word of Wisdom program to be a lampstand for these items as our Savior taught us:
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)
Having said this, if you, or anyone you know have already produced or benefited from something—an audiobook, a short film, a sermon, or maybe even a small pamphlet or booklet—please email us to let us know, so that we can distribute these items for all to be nourished by them.
Translating, Transcribing, Recording, Editing, Designing
The Word of Wisdom program is supported financially only by donations which are made specifically to the program. If you would like to make a donation to help Word of Wisdom get started financially, please click here and select "Abbey: Word of Wisdom" from the Program Designation drop-down menu.
Donations may also be sent by mail to:
Word of Wisdom
101 South Vista Drive
Sandia, TX 78383
Please pray for us
Although we are grateful for all the help we receive in production and financially, St. Paul teaches us: Neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:7). Thus, first and foremost, the Word of Wisdom program is in need of your prayers, that God may bless this service and that it may be for the glory of His holy name.
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