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, or learn about her Close to Home book.
|Date||Title & Description||Duration|
|Mar 13, 2013||
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.
|Mar 07, 2013||
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!
|Jan 11, 2013||
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.
|Oct 24, 2012||
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."
|Sep 26, 2012||
Do the hardest things first, wrote Fr. Thomas Hopko, which is what Molly concentrates on in today's episode.
|Aug 23, 2012||
Each of us struggle with our own deficiencies, but God is merciful.
|Aug 08, 2012||
Molly is learning that repentance and hope walk hand in hand.
|Jul 27, 2012||
A trip to the county fair ends up giving a lesson in the acquisition of peace in spite of the disturbing news around us.
|May 02, 2012||
Molly learns an unexpected lesson from St. Euphrosynos while reading a children's book to her daughter at bedtime.
|Apr 01, 2012||
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.
|Mar 12, 2012||
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.
|Feb 27, 2012||
On this first day of Great Lent, Molly compares the condition of her house with the condition of her soul.
|Jan 13, 2012||
We can choose to perpetuate our anxieties, despair, and defeatist attitudes or we can choose a better way.
|Jan 05, 2012||
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.
|Oct 06, 2011||
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.
|Sep 28, 2011||
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."
|Aug 30, 2011||
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.
|Aug 08, 2011||
Molly reflects on the recent falling asleep of dear friend Nancy Thompson in Waynesburg, PA. How do we view death as Orthodox Christians?
|Apr 14, 2011||
"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.
|Apr 04, 2011||
What do you want to be when you grow up? Molly draws on the wisdom of St. Dorotheus of Gaza for her answer.
|Jan 05, 2011||
A long winter hike in the woods and a reflection on what is really important to focus on in the New Year.
|Nov 16, 2010||
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"
|Oct 25, 2010||
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.
|Sep 15, 2010||
Molly continues her series on the Morning Prayer with this episode reflecting on what it means to live and love in community.
|Aug 09, 2010||
"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.
|Jul 03, 2010||
"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.
|Mar 12, 2010||
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.
|Jan 28, 2010||
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. View Attachment
|Dec 11, 2009||
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.
|Oct 23, 2009||
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."
|Sep 23, 2009||
Blessed are they who throw off all inhibitions, forging bloodstained through the crowd, for the unbiased hem of Christ's garment.
|Sep 11, 2009||
Why all the fuss about pageantry and beauty in Orthodoxy? Molly contends it is not God who needs it but us!
|Aug 28, 2009||
"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.
|Jul 30, 2009||
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.
|Jul 10, 2009||
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.
|Jun 12, 2009||
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."
|May 25, 2009||
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.
|May 03, 2009||
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.
|Apr 14, 2009||
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!
|Mar 29, 2009||
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."
|Mar 09, 2009||
"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.
|Feb 26, 2009||
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.
|Feb 12, 2009||
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.
|Jan 22, 2009||
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.
|Jan 01, 2009||
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.
|Dec 17, 2008||
What gifts are you bringing to the Savior this Nativity season?
|Dec 06, 2008||
In this encore presentation, Molly interviews son Elijah about St. Nicholas and shares the dramatic story of this venerable Saint.
|Nov 23, 2008||
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.
|Nov 06, 2008||
Pre-occupied with your own fears, self-doubt, and petty interests? Nothing that a little tenacious elbow grease won't cure.
|Oct 24, 2008||
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.
|Oct 08, 2008||
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.
|Sep 20, 2008||
Our failings and inadequacies don't hold a "candle" to the Holy Flame - Glory to Thee Who Has Shown Us the Light!
|Sep 05, 2008||
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?
|Aug 19, 2008||
From the pages of the current edition of The Handmaiden, Molly reflects on her patron Saint Anna.
|Jul 29, 2008||
Molly reflects on both friendships and evangelism and the investment of ourselves in both.
|Jul 18, 2008||
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.
|Jul 11, 2008||
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.
|Jun 25, 2008||
In a throw-away society, there is healing and redemption to be found in the Orthodox view of the sacred.
|Jun 16, 2008||
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.
|Jun 01, 2008||
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.
|May 21, 2008||
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle - Philo of Alexandria
|May 15, 2008||
Every encounter with disappointment and injustice is a chance to be purified of our stubborn and egocentric passions.
|May 09, 2008||
Molly explores the healthy boundaries found in the guidelines of our faith.
|May 01, 2008||
"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!
|Apr 18, 2008||
"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.
|Apr 11, 2008||
"Poor me" can be the common sentiment during Great Lent but we have so much reason not to despair!
|Apr 04, 2008||
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.
|Mar 28, 2008||
Weakness in soul and body can lead to spiritual amnesia especially during Great Lent.
|Mar 19, 2008||
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?
|Mar 12, 2008||
We can all be too good at transforming our desires into necessities. But, what is the lesson to be learned during Great Lent?
|Mar 05, 2008||
As Great Lent begins, we turn our attention to the relationships we have with our fellow Christians and ask for their forgiveness.
|Feb 29, 2008||
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?
|Feb 21, 2008||
The transition is not easy and may even seem weird at first, but in this podcast, Molly urges you to "Come and See."
|Feb 14, 2008||
Are you saved? A familiar question if you come from evangelical background but what does it mean to an Orthodox Christian?
|Feb 07, 2008||
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?
|Jan 31, 2008||
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.
|Jan 23, 2008||
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.
|Jan 17, 2008||
We all have a role to play in the continuing drama that tells the story of our salvation.
|Jan 10, 2008||
Molly reads an excerpt from Brothers Karamazov which directs us to a more excellent way.
|Jan 03, 2008||
What are your New Year's resolutions? Do they sound vaguely familiar from previous years?
|Dec 28, 2007||
Thy Nativity O Christ God has shown to the world the light of wisdom - and humility.
|Dec 20, 2007||
"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?
|Dec 13, 2007||
Godliness with contentment is great gain (I Tim. 6:6). What are you hoping for this Christmas?
|Dec 07, 2007||
"You can't handle the truth," said Jack Nicholson's character in A Few Good Men. Can we?
|Nov 28, 2007||
Molly has a special guest on this festal edition of Close to Home in preparation for St. Nicholas Day Dec. 6.
|Nov 22, 2007||
There is nothing like Sunday morning preparation for church to test a family's patience!
|Nov 15, 2007||
Today we eavesdrop on a tender letter Molly has written to her children.
|Nov 08, 2007||
While we were created with emotions, sentimentality can often get in the way of authentic faith.
|Nov 01, 2007||
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.
|Oct 27, 2007||
That line between gullability and prudence can sometimes get blurred.
|Oct 18, 2007||
Our heart's desire is that our children follow Christ and it is so wonderful when they see that desire exhibited in us.
|Oct 11, 2007||
Miracles still happen - even for three year olds!
|Oct 04, 2007||
What is cluttering our lives and keeping us from obedience to Christ and His commandments?
|Sep 27, 2007||
"Be Anxious For Nothing" is a scriptural admonishment that can be easier for some than others.
|Sep 20, 2007||
Do good. Sounds reasonable enough, right?
|Sep 13, 2007||
Be careful what you pray for because His answer may burn like a branding iron.
|Sep 06, 2007||
Fashion comes and goes but the Faith of the Apostles endures despite the trendiness of society and modern religion.
|Aug 30, 2007||
Some things are just not worth holding on to in light of eternity.
|Aug 23, 2007||
We pray the prayer of St. Ephraim during Great Lent and understand the big items, but what about this one?
|Aug 16, 2007||
Communicating implies staying in touch including in our relationship with God.
|Aug 09, 2007||
Bringing up our children in an increasingly hostile world is the subject Molly addresses in today's episode.
|Aug 02, 2007||
To love like we have been loved is the ultimate goal of the Christian.
|Jul 26, 2007||
It takes time to develop roots and blossom in foreign soil.
|Jul 19, 2007||
Sometimes we need to abandon the good and choose the better even if it is inconvenient.
|Jul 12, 2007||
On the occasion of her 10th anniversary, Molly gives tribute to her husband, Troy.
|Jul 05, 2007||
“Acquire the Spirit of Peace,” said St. Seraphim of Sarov, “and thousands of souls around you will be saved.”
|Jun 28, 2007||
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.
|Jun 21, 2007||
Those small inconveniences and embarassments we experience don't begin to compare with the sufferings endured by the great martyrs of the faith.
|Jun 14, 2007||
Like sticky gum, our worries and fears can entangle our minds but there is hope.
|Jun 07, 2007||
Through thick and thin, the journey toward salvation is a family project!
|May 31, 2007||
The coming of the Holy Spirit gives hope for bringing up our children wisely.
|May 24, 2007||
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."
|May 17, 2007||
Including those who genuinely mourn over their sin.
|May 10, 2007||
Molly explores the fulfillment of life to be found in the community of faith called Church.
|May 03, 2007||
How thirsty are you?
|Apr 26, 2007||
Lessons from the story of the Paralytic
|Apr 21, 2007||
This day is a perfect day for standing still.
|Apr 12, 2007||
Releasing the good and grasping the better through the power of the Resurrection.
|Apr 08, 2007||
Incorporating the reality of a risen Savior into the life of an eight year old.
|Mar 29, 2007||
Molly reflects on the realities of our daily experience in light of Christ's Passion.
|Mar 22, 2007||
Molly reflects on her early misunderstandings of this revered Saint.
|Mar 18, 2007||
The signs of spring bring hope of Resurrection
|Mar 13, 2007||
Molly reflects on the danger of allowing the spark of God's love to get drown out by the cares of the world.
|Mar 05, 2007||
Another in Molly Sabourin's series on the Beatitudes.
|Mar 04, 2007||
Part of a series of Reflections on the Beatitudes by Molly Sabourin.
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|Dec 12, 2006||5:40|
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|Nov 01, 2006||8:37|
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Read more of Molly Sabourin's writings at her blog site Close to Home.