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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Taking Our Stand

Episode date: January 25, 2013
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One of the great strengths and delights of St Aidan’s Church is its diversity, with all manner of cultures and ages, but a place where we are first and foremost Orthodox Christians.  We have an expression and it comes from a dream vision in the book of the prophet Daniel, “to have feet of clay.” It means to be less than perfect, to have some fault or weakness especially in someone who is proud or arrogant. However, we have more than feet of clay; we share the earthy nature of all humanity.  St Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians talks about “treasure in earthen vessels”. Yet as St Paul reminds us in the reading…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
How to Be Whole

Episode date: February 12, 2013
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Unlike angels, who are entirely spiritual beings, God has made each of you as creatures dwelling in a material world. To be whole, you must worship God both in body and soul. This teaching is central to our Christian faith and is an affirmation of the sacramental nature of this material world. Because of this truth, icons have played a central role in Christian history, for they proclaim Jesus Christ’s physical reality as God incarnate.

Our Lord told his disciples that “he who has seen me has seen the Father.” Icons depicting the Holy Virgin show the Christ Child with bare feet, reminding us that he walked the earth…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Loving God and Loving Humans

Episode date: February 11, 2013
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Learning to Love God, Our Neighbour and Ourselves
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, God is one.

In the Gospel today from St Matthew, at the end of Chapter 22, Christ urges the questioning expert in the Mosaic law (just as he urges us) to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” as well as to “love your neighbour as yourself.” That is quite difficult. We would all like to love God and our neighbour much more than we do in practice; and yet, and yet, we also genuinely wish to look after ourselves and our families, to balance our love…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Prayer of the Heart

Episode date: February 18, 2013
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The Jesus Prayer, also known as the Prayer of the Heart, is the central prayer for monastics. One of the early desert fathers, Saint Macarius the Great, said of the phrase from the Psalms, “The meditation of my heart is in your sight,” “There is no other perfect meditation than the saving and blessed Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ dwelling without interruption in you, as it is written ‘I will cry out like a swallow and I will meditate like the turtledove!’ This is what is done by the devout (person) who perseveres in invoking the saving Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The profound simplicity of the…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Get Up Again

Episode date: February 19, 2013
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It is often the case that we fail to keep God’s commandments and find ourselves despondent, unable to make progress in the battle over our sins. The same sins seem to constantly plague us. Despondency is our enemy, for it is the tool the demons use to keep us distracted from the goal. They want us to give up the battle.

Holiness does not come easily but requires true struggle. When you fall, get up again. If you fall again, get up again, ever keeping your eyes on God Who will help you overcome your sins. Pray for God’s help each time you start anew, even if you start a hundred times in a given day. Progress towards holiness…

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