On March 25, exactly 9 months before Nativity, the Church celebrates the Annunciation to the Theotokos that she will be the Mother of God. God's declaration through the angel Gabriel, however, had a contingency attached. Listen to find out what it was.
Fr. Tom Soroka speaks on Forgiveness Sunday (Matthew 6:14-21), Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross (Mark 8:34-9:1), and Trusting in the Promises of God (Mark 9:17-31). Listen to the most recent of these homilies here.
Fr. Thomas Hopko explains how our acts, especially our prayers, are included in God's predestination based on His foreknowledge, and how our free-will actions, particularly our prayers, contribute to God's providence in our lives.