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Mourning Over Sins

Episode date: April 13, 2011
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I remember when I first started looking into Orthodoxy, I thought the emphasis on weeping over sins to be a bit morbid.

But St. Symeon the New Theologian tells us the blessing that comes from this mourning, “Mourning has a twofold action: like water tears extinguish all the fire of passions and wash the soul clean of their foulness; and, again, through the presence of the Holy Spirit, it is like fire bringing life, warming the heart, and inciting it to love and desire God.”

This is why St. Philotheos of Sinai says, “I consider those fallen mourners more blessed than those who have not fallen and are not mourning over themselves;…

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Real Life Minute

Real Life Minute
Why Read and Pray?

Episode date: April 14, 2011
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Have you ever looked at the number of prayers and Bible passages Orthodox Christians go through each day and wondered why we need to spend so much time doing all this?

St. John Cassian answers,

We practice the frequent reading of Scripture, so that we may be open to a spiritual point of view. For this reason we frequently chant the psalms, so that we may continually grow in compunction. For this reason we are diligent in vigils, fasting, and praying, so that the mind which has been stretched to its limits may not taste earthly things but contemplate heavenly ones.


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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
On Growing Old

Episode date: August 06, 2011
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I’m turning 59 in five days. I’ve never been much into birthdays and milestones and “passages”.  The big 2-0, 3-0 and 4-0s went pretty much by without any sense of “gee or wow-ness” or movement toward or away from anything.  By twenty I was married, by thirty I had kids, a mortgage, a couple college degrees, had lost my jobs in my fields and ended up in construction.  By forty I’d been through the cliche Red Bugatti mid-life crisis (yeah, I really had one), divorced, left my church, remarried into a blended family etc. etc. (not that all that is normal or anything to be proud of, but…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Situation Ethics

Episode date: October 04, 2011
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Situation ethics has become the norm for our times, having replaced the biblical ethics of past generations. In situation ethics as long as no one is hurt one can do as one pleases. Taking drugs, watching pornography, and aborting the unborn child all can come under the flag of situation ethics.

Taking drugs is seen as morally neutral by increasing numbers of Americans. We believe no one is hurt by our drug use, while refusing to see the obvious connection between our drug purchases and the mass-killings in Mexico by drug cartels that are in the business because of the demand for drugs by American users.

Nothing wrong with watching…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
A Healthy Soul Is One That Seeks Out Silence

Episode date: December 09, 2011
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A healthy soul is one that seeks out silence. We are addicted to noise. We find it impossible to drive our vehicles without the radio on or a CD playing. Our televisions are running from the moment we return from work. We run with earphones filling our minds with music. We even walk with friends while listening to our own music. 

We live as though we are afraid of silence. As little children who have to sleep with a nightlight on, our reasons for filling our hours with noise are varied. Some find silence disturbing and a reminder that they are alone. Others use noise as a way of keeping out the sounds of the city or the voices…

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