Close to Home

Close to Home

Start date: February 2006 132 episodes

Molly Sabourin is a freelance writer focusing on issues of family, faith, and community. She is also an Orthodox Christian, a wife, and a frenzied mother of four. Read more of her reflections at her Close to Home blog.



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Mar 13, 2013

Love and the Last Judgement

The Sunday of the Last Judgement is one of the preparatory lessons prior to Great Lent. Molly Sabourin reflects on the practical application for all of us which comes down to one word - Love.

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Mar 07, 2013

The Hidden Garden

Molly expresses appreciation for The Hidden Garden, a new children's book by Jane G. Meyer. It's a great tool to explain the Orthodox view of salvation to your children!

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Jan 11, 2013

Becoming and Being

Like most converts to Orthodoxy, Molly was prepared with her answers and defenses when asked why she took this "strange road." More recently however, she is finding herself less drawn to defending her decision and more toward exhibiting the essence of Orthodox Christianity. A letter from Mother Thekla to a convert helped open her eyes.

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Oct 24, 2012

I Choose Joy

In this episode, Molly says "For joy to be miraculous and healing to others, and ourselves, it must be irrational – independent of our circumstances, and fierce in its determination to combat darkness and despair with intentional hopefulness and light."

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Sep 26, 2012

First Things First

Do the hardest things first, wrote Fr. Thomas Hopko, which is what Molly concentrates on in today's episode.

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Aug 23, 2012

Not the Righteous

Each of us struggle with our own deficiencies, but God is merciful.

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Aug 08, 2012

I Can Be Hope

Molly is learning that repentance and hope walk hand in hand.

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Jul 27, 2012

Go Forth in Peace

A trip to the county fair ends up giving a lesson in the acquisition of peace in spite of the disturbing news around us.

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May 02, 2012

She Is Content

Molly learns an unexpected lesson from St. Euphrosynos while reading a children's book to her daughter at bedtime.

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Apr 01, 2012

Aware

A spring break family trip to the Smokey's provides a reminder that we are desperately dependent on the mercy and faithfulness of God especially as we approach the finish line of Great Lent.

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Mar 12, 2012

Extreme Heart Makeover

An important lesson learned in the beginning of the 3rd week of the Fast as Molly and the family head to Ikea and back again.

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Feb 27, 2012

Cleaning House

On this first day of Great Lent, Molly compares the condition of her house with the condition of her soul.

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Jan 13, 2012

A Better Way

We can choose to perpetuate our anxieties, despair, and defeatist attitudes or we can choose a better way.

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Jan 05, 2012

The Bigger Picture

Molly learns a lesson in scale and perspective with her camera and discovers a analogy for her spiritual walk with Christ as a New Year begins.

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Oct 06, 2011

Salt

If Christians are to be the salt of the earth, who will be the salt of Christians? Molly begins a series of reflections on her weekend experience at a monastery.

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Sep 28, 2011

How Shall We Greet Him?

Molly says "Only by living solely for loving and serving others boldly, as Christ did while on earth, thereby accepting meekly the disdain of this world, as He did, will I attain salvation (from death, vanity, fear, hatred) or ever possibly be a light in the darkness."

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Aug 30, 2011

The Saint Lydia’s Book Club

Today Molly introduces the Saint Lydia's Book Club hosted by Conciliar Press author Melinda Johnson (Letters to St. Lydia) and presents the first piece which will launch on the club's web site September 1.

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Aug 08, 2011

Memory Eternal - Nancy Thompson

Molly reflects on the recent falling asleep of dear friend Nancy Thompson in Waynesburg, PA. How do we view death as Orthodox Christians?

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Apr 14, 2011

Invincible

"What's so special about Lazarus Saturday?" This question from Molly Sabourin's kids sparked today's podcast as she relates a poem by a Russian prisoner to the raising of Lazarus by Jesus.

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Apr 04, 2011

Serene Indifference

What do you want to be when you grow up? Molly draws on the wisdom of St. Dorotheus of Gaza for her answer.

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Jan 05, 2011

2011 - Letting Go

A long winter hike in the woods and a reflection on what is really important to focus on in the New Year.

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Nov 16, 2010

Guide My Thoughts and Feelings

As Molly continues her reflections on the Morning Prayer attributed to Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow, she turns her attention to the phrase "guide my thoughts and feelings"

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Oct 25, 2010

The Fly and The Bee

Being a Christian can sometimes be confused with being a judge. Molly reflects on the temptation to extract slivers from our neighbor's eye only to ignore the lumber in our own eye.

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Sep 15, 2010

Bless My Dealings With All Who Surround Me

Molly continues her series on the Morning Prayer with this episode reflecting on what it means to live and love in community.

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Aug 09, 2010

Living Fully in the Present

"In every hour of the day, reveal Your will to me." Today's reflection on the Morning Prayer talks about the challenge of living each day, each moment, in communion with God not thinking about yesterday or tomorrow.

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Jul 03, 2010

Thy Will In All Things

"Help me in all things to rely on Your Holy Will" says the Morning Prayer. Molly talks about the challenge of accepting and embracing God's will.

Conciliar Press has a nice wall plaque with this prayer available HERE. PDF Notes Attached View Attachment

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Mar 12, 2010

Work Out Your Faith

In her continuing series on the Morning Prayer attributed to Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow, Molly talks about the work of faith involved in our salvation.

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Jan 28, 2010

Greet This Day In Peace

Today Molly begins a series of reflections on the widely used Morning Prayer most often attributed to Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow. In her introduction, she talks about anxiety and fears and the perspective opened up to her when she embraced the Orthodox faith. PDF Notes Attached View Attachment

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Dec 11, 2009

Good Will Toward Men

During this Nativity season, Molly reflects on what it means to love our Neighbor - even if they have different beliefs, moral standards, or no belief at all.

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Oct 23, 2009

A Difference Of Opinion

While society denigrates into a series of angry and uncivil arguments, Molly reflects on the temptation to always be "right" vs. the need to be "righteous."

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Sep 23, 2009

For They Shall Be Comforted

Blessed are they who throw off all inhibitions, forging bloodstained through the crowd, for the unbiased hem of Christ’s garment.

This essay was featured in the Summer, 2009 issue of The Handmaiden.

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Sep 11, 2009

On The Necessity Of Beauty

Why all the fuss about pageantry and beauty in Orthodoxy? Molly contends it is not God who needs it but us!

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Aug 28, 2009

Enlightenment

"Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others," says the morning prayer of Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow. So, does that include our children? Molly catches herself forgetting that fact.

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Jul 30, 2009

Simplicity

Life for many of us has degenerated into an endless series of self-evaluations and pretense which only serve to complicate the simple fact that we are all imperfect human beings in need of forgiveness.

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Jul 10, 2009

Thrive

How much time do we waste waiting for life to happen and worrying about things that might or might not happen? Molly is challenging herself and others to live and thrive now.

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Jun 12, 2009

Pardoned

What is unconditional love and forgiveness? Molly Sabourin says, "Blessed are those who rejoice in the compassion so generously showered upon them and in thankfulness respond by spreading out that same mercy like a blanket of impartiality on a world whose fragile inhabitants are in desperate need of warmth and kindness."

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May 25, 2009

Waiting For Change

Just about the time you think you have one stage of your children's development figured out, they move on to the next one with all of the uncertainties and fears associated with it. This article is from the current edition of The Handmaiden magazine, published by Conciliar Press.

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May 03, 2009

Letdown

Life can be full of disappointments and unmet expectations especially for a young mother. Molly Sabourin finds hope in the realness of life and the stability of the Church.

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Apr 14, 2009

Promise

As Holy Week begins, we are tempted to lament the failings of Lent. Molly is challenging herself and others to stand up again and anticipate Pascha with joy and the promise of new life!

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Mar 29, 2009

Naming The Child

Molly is prompted to write a letter to the baby she miscarried 9 years ago after reading the newly released book by Matushka Jenny Schroedel entitled "Naming the Child."

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Mar 09, 2009

Arise

"My soul, my soul, arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is drawing near, and you will be confounded. Awake, then, and, be watchful, that Christ our God may spare you, Who is everywhere present and fills all things." – Kontakion from the Canon of Saint Andrew.

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Feb 26, 2009

A House United

Molly demonstrates the importance of a husband who, while far from perfect, is at the very least devoted to his wife, to his family, and to his God. Originally published in the Winter 2009 issue of The Handmaiden.

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Feb 12, 2009

Close to Home—the Book!

If you're a fan of Close to Home, then you'll want to order the book. Molly Sabourin's Close to Home: One Orthodox Mother's Quest for Peace, Patience, and Perseverance can now be purchased in advance at ConciliarPress.com. Here, Molly briefly explains what prompted the book, as well as how it will expand upon her popular podcast and blog.

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Jan 22, 2009

Community

By becoming integrated, through communal worship and a shared partaking of the Holy Mysteries, into the larger Body of Christ, we are often times called upon to carry on our shoulders those who are struggling, and just as often to accept our need to be carried, when we are dry as bone and have nothing to give.

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Jan 01, 2009

Absorption

Thank goodness for fresh starts and new beginnings. In this New Year, Molly challenges herself and all of us to absorb life with the attitude: Thy Will – Thy Perfect Will Be Done.

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Dec 17, 2008

Silent

What gifts are you bringing to the Savior this Nativity season?

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Dec 06, 2008

St. Nicholas Day At The Sabourin’s

In this encore presentation, Molly interviews son Elijah about St. Nicholas and shares the dramatic story of this venerable Saint.

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Nov 23, 2008

Thankful

Before you make out your list to read at the table this coming Thursday, think about those things to be thankful for that have contributed to your salvation.

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Nov 06, 2008

Tenacity

Pre-occupied with your own fears, self-doubt, and petty interests? Nothing that a little tenacious elbow grease won't cure.

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Oct 24, 2008

Rest

It is tempting to make things more complicated than they need to be when we cannot wrap our minds around a Love that's not dependent on our actions or intentions. It requires restraint to ignore our doubts and take Christ at His word.

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Oct 08, 2008

Checklist

Do you measure yourelf as an Orthodox Christian by some self imposed checklist to assure that you look the part? Molly has some insight for all of us but especially for mothers.

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Sep 20, 2008

Aflame

Our failings and inadequacies don't hold a "candle" to the Holy Flame - Glory to Thee Who Has Shown Us the Light!

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Sep 05, 2008

Honorable

We often suffer with our children when they are misunderstood or falsely accused but how is Mary shown to us as the ultimate example of love and compassion through the sufferings of her own Son?

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Aug 19, 2008

Photo Opportunity

From the pages of the current edition of The Handmaiden, Molly reflects on her patron Saint Anna.

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Jul 29, 2008

Boundaries

Molly reflects on both friendships and evangelism and the investment of ourselves in both.

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Jul 18, 2008

Resignation

Moms are bombarded with books, articles and self-help plans toward better motherhood. But, what if you don't fit any of the molds? Here is one mother's resigned acknowledgment in the form of a letter to her kids.

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Jul 11, 2008

Marriage

Last week, Molly and Troy celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary and today, Molly reflects on the lessons learned over the years and gets some help from St. John Chrysostom.

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Jun 25, 2008

Sacred

In a throw-away society, there is healing and redemption to be found in the Orthodox view of the sacred.

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Jun 16, 2008

Expression

What's in a song? From a mother's composition expressing love for her children to the great and theologically rich themes of the Church, music has an undeniable role to play in our lives.

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Jun 01, 2008

Healing

Molly is deeply touched by the story of OCMC missionary Lynette Hoppe as told in the book compiled by Fr. Luke Veronis and published by Conciliar Press - Lynette's Hope.

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May 21, 2008

Assumptions

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle - Philo of Alexandria

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May 15, 2008

Still

Every encounter with disappointment and injustice is a chance to be purified of our stubborn and egocentric passions.

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May 09, 2008

Liberation

Molly explores the healthy boundaries found in the guidelines of our faith.

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May 01, 2008

Feast

"The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously", said St. John in his Paschal homily. The goal is to enjoy life in light of the truth of the resurrection!

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Apr 18, 2008

Delusion

"There are two kinds of people," said CS Lewis. "Those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says 'All right then, have it your way.'" In this episode, Molly talks about faith and doubt.

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Apr 11, 2008

Despair

"Poor me" can be the common sentiment during Great Lent but we have so much reason not to despair!

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Apr 04, 2008

An Impracticality Reconsidered

Today Molly reads her article from the current edition of The Handmaiden magazine. Balancing your spiritual intake with your day to day interests and needs can be a challenge for a busy mother.

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Mar 28, 2008

Forgetful

Weakness in soul and body can lead to spiritual amnesia especially during Great Lent.
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Mar 19, 2008

Faithful

Looking for a place to serve? Where outside of our own homes could so many opportunities exist for being stretched and for serving God by serving others this Lent?

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Mar 12, 2008

Cultivation

We can all be too good at transforming our desires into necessities. But, what is the lesson to be learned during Great Lent?

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Mar 05, 2008

Forgiveness

As Great Lent begins, we turn our attention to the relationships we have with our fellow Christians and ask for their forgiveness.

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Feb 29, 2008

Sidetracked

How do we make it through to other side of restlessness, finding peace in a moment of not doing, not telling, not asking, not trying but just being in the presence of Jesus?

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Feb 21, 2008

Metamorphosis

The transition is not easy and may even seem weird at first, but in this podcast, Molly urges you to "Come and See."

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Feb 14, 2008

Saved

Are you saved? A familiar question if you come from evangelical background but what does it mean to an Orthodox Christian?

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Feb 07, 2008

Opportunity

Life presents regular opportunities to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. But is it the catastrophic or the routine where that is most played out?

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Jan 31, 2008

Dead Ends

Grudges, envy, Internet surfing, self-pity, curiosity, and anxiousness. These detract from, not encourage, our ability to act intentionally throughout the day, wringing out of it every sacred opportunity that we can to grow in faith. If you doubt it, just ask Scrunch Bob Short Pants.

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Jan 23, 2008

Satisfaction

If only I could have . . . . fill in the blank - A new car? a new spouse? A new job? Molly helps us find the true source of satisfaction.

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Jan 17, 2008

Participation

We all have a role to play in the continuing drama that tells the story of our salvation.

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Jan 10, 2008

Excellence

Molly reads an excerpt from Brothers Karamazov which directs us to a more excellent way.

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Jan 03, 2008

Resolution

What are your New Year's resolutions? Do they sound vaguely familiar from previous years?

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Dec 28, 2007

Humbled

Thy Nativity O Christ God has shown to the world the light of wisdom - and humility.

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Dec 20, 2007

Wonder

"God is with us, understand all ye nations and submit yourselves. For God is with us!" (Isa. 8:9) So, what are the implications of this reality?

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Dec 13, 2007

Disappointment

Godliness with contentment is great gain (I Tim. 6:6). What are you hoping for this Christmas?

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Dec 07, 2007

Truth

"You can't handle the truth," said Jack Nicholson's character in A Few Good Men. Can we?

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Nov 28, 2007

The Real St. Nick

Molly has a special guest on this festal edition of Close to Home in preparation for St. Nicholas Day Dec. 6.

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Nov 22, 2007

Sunday Morning Chaos

There is nothing like Sunday morning preparation for church to test a family's patience!

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Nov 15, 2007

Love

Today we eavesdrop on a tender letter Molly has written to her children.

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Nov 08, 2007

Sentimental

While we were created with emotions, sentimentality can often get in the way of authentic faith.

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Nov 01, 2007

Significant

HIgh expectations don't always line up with real life. Today, Molly is reflecting on our connection to the subtance of life as found in the Church.

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Oct 27, 2007

Prudence

That line between gullability and prudence can sometimes get blurred.

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Oct 18, 2007

Sleepless

Our heart's desire is that our children follow Christ and it is so wonderful when they see that desire exhibited in us.

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Oct 11, 2007

Miracle

Miracles still happen - even for three year olds!

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Oct 04, 2007

Uncluttered

What is cluttering our lives and keeping us from obedience to Christ and His commandments?

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Sep 27, 2007

Unflappable

"Be Anxious For Nothing" is a scriptural admonishment that can be easier for some than others.

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Sep 20, 2007

Resistance

Do good. Sounds reasonable enough, right?

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Sep 13, 2007

Screamer

Be careful what you pray for because His answer may burn like a branding iron.

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Sep 06, 2007

Trendy

Fashion comes and goes but the Faith of the Apostles endures despite the trendiness of society and modern religion.

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Aug 30, 2007

Change

Some things are just not worth holding on to in light of eternity.

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Aug 23, 2007

Idle Talk

We pray the prayer of St. Ephraim during Great Lent and understand the big items, but what about this one?

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Aug 16, 2007

Communication

Communicating implies staying in touch including in our relationship with God.

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Aug 09, 2007

Sacred

Bringing up our children in an increasingly hostile world is the subject Molly addresses in today's episode.

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Aug 02, 2007

Shame

To love like we have been loved is the ultimate goal of the Christian.

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Jul 26, 2007

Roots

It takes time to develop roots and blossom in foreign soil.

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Jul 19, 2007

Inconvenient

Sometimes we need to abandon the good and choose the better even if it is inconvenient.

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Jul 12, 2007

Anniversary

On the occasion of her 10th anniversary, Molly gives tribute to her husband, Troy.

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Jul 05, 2007

Extraordinary

“Acquire the Spirit of Peace,” said St. Seraphim of Sarov, “and thousands of souls around you will be saved.”

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Jun 28, 2007

Boredom

If your children are bored this summer, you will be able to relate to Molly's dilemma. Look for a helpful application in teaching our children to appreciate the liturgy.

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Jun 21, 2007

Persecution

Those small inconveniences and embarassments we experience don't begin to compare with the sufferings endured by the great martyrs of the faith.

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Jun 14, 2007

Entangled

Like sticky gum, our worries and fears can entangle our minds but there is hope.

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Jun 07, 2007

Family

Through thick and thin, the journey toward salvation is a family project!

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May 31, 2007

Wisdom

The coming of the Holy Spirit gives hope for bringing up our children wisely.

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May 24, 2007

Hero

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who served as well as those who will serve. Here is a story that truly hits "Close to Home."

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May 17, 2007

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Including those who genuinely mourn over their sin.

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May 10, 2007

Home

Molly explores the fulfillment of life to be found in the community of faith called Church.

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May 03, 2007

Living Water

How thirsty are you?

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Apr 26, 2007

Rise and Walk

Lessons from the story of the Paralytic

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Apr 21, 2007

Time

This day is a perfect day for standing still.

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Apr 12, 2007

Possession

Releasing the good and grasping the better through the power of the Resurrection.

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Apr 08, 2007

Indeed He Is Risen!

Incorporating the reality of a risen Savior into the life of an eight year old.

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Mar 29, 2007

Death and Resurrection

Molly reflects on the realities of our daily experience in light of Christ's Passion.

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Mar 22, 2007

St. Mary of Egypt

Molly reflects on her early misunderstandings of this revered Saint.

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Mar 18, 2007

Spring

The signs of spring bring hope of Resurrection

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Mar 13, 2007

Fire

Molly reflects on the danger of allowing the spark of God's love to get drown out by the cares of the world.

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Mar 05, 2007

Hunger for Righteousness

Another in Molly Sabourin's series on the Beatitudes.

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Mar 04, 2007

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Part of a series of Reflections on the Beatitudes by Molly Sabourin.

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Jan 05, 2007

Epiphany

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Dec 12, 2006

Tradition

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Dec 02, 2006

Guidance

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Nov 01, 2006

Advent

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Sep 01, 2006

Sunday Morning Chaos

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Aug 01, 2006

Forgiveness - Mat. Jenny Schroedel

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Feb 01, 2006

Confession

Read more of Molly Sabourin's writings at her blog site Close to Home.

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