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Becoming a Healing Presence

Becoming a Healing Presence Through Christ, We Learn to Bring Healing to Others

Start date: September 2011 71 episodes

We are a healing presence to others when we give them strength and when we give them hope. On Becoming a Healing Presence, Dr. Albert Rossi explains how to do both in imitation of Christ, our complete healer, who desires nothing more than for us to be His humanity on earth—his healing presence to others.

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Oct 20, 2014

Communicating Before Marriage

Dr. Rossi talks about the pre-marital communications period and how important it is to understand your future spouse.

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Oct 01, 2014

Prison Ministry

Today Dr. Rossi talks with Fr. Nick Solak, parish priest and faculty member at St. Vladimir's Seminary about prison ministry and training seminarians for work in prisons.

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Sep 16, 2014

The Theology Of Illness

In November of 2013, Dr. Rossi interviewed Sarah Najjar who was suffering from cancer. Sarah fell asleep in the Lord in August of this year and Dr. Rossi has returned to the microphone to reflect on illness.

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Aug 29, 2014

Vocation

Dr. Rossi interviews His Grace Bishop Gregory of Nyssa of the American Carpatho-Russian Archdiocese and the liaison between OCF and the Assembly of Bishops. They discuss discerning God's calling on your life.

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Aug 14, 2014

More on the Psalms

On the last episode, Dr. Rossi welcomed Fr. John Jillions who gave some reflections on the Psalms. Today Dr. Rossi shares some thoughts about some of his own favorite Psalms.

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Jul 29, 2014

Fr. John Jillions On The Psalms

Dr. Rossi welcomes Fr. John Jillions, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, to talk about the healing nature of the Psalms.

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Jul 02, 2014

The Old Testament in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition

Dr. Rossi talks about a recent book by Dr. Eugen Pentuc entitled The Old Testament in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition.

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Jun 18, 2014

Fr. Ted Pisarchuk - Becoming A Better Parishioner

Dr. Rossi interviews the parish priest at St. Justin Martyr Orthodox Church in Jacksonville about parish life, outreach, and evangelism.

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May 29, 2014

Enriching Your Marriage

Today Dr. Rossi shares some of the material he uses in marriage enrichment seminars around the country.

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May 14, 2014

The Orthodox Wedding

Dr. Rossi has just returned from attending a wedding and his cup is overflowing with the intense significance and joy of the ceremony.

14:12
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Apr 23, 2014

Interview With Fr. Alexander Atty - Part 2

Many of you heard and appreciated part 1 of Dr. Rossi's interview with Fr. Alexander Atty recorded shortly before his falling asleep in the Lord. But there was also a part 2 and we present that today as a very touching tribute to Fr. Alexander. May his memory be eternal.

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Apr 02, 2014

Becoming Human

Dr. Rossi reviews the new book by Fr. John Behr - Becoming Human.

15:43
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Mar 11, 2014

Bishop John on Purity

Today Dr. Rossi interviews Bishop John (Abdalah) of the Antiochian Archdiocese on the subject of purity.

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Feb 25, 2014

Beauty

Today Dr. Rossi reflects on the importance of beauty and in particular of creating beauty in our lives.

16:00
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Feb 08, 2014

Meet Fr. Michael Nasser

Dr. Rossi interviews Fr. Michael Nasser, past Director of Antiochian Village Camp and Project Mexico. Fr. Michael is now priest of Holy Apostles Orthodox Mission in Bowling Green KY.

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Jan 21, 2014

The Brothers Karamozov

In his last episode, Dr. Rossi reflected on the character Fr. Zosima from the Fyodor Dostoyevskyi novel The Brothers Karamozov. Today he talks about the brothers themselves and the correlation with our own lives.

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Jan 05, 2014

Lessons from Fr. Zosima

Dr. Rossi takes some pages out of Brothers Karamazov and Dostoyevsky's character Fr. Zosima to help us learn how to live and love.

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Dec 18, 2013

The Two Gardens

Dr. Rossi interviews St. Vladimir's Seminary graduate Tracy Gustilo about the way the Fathers weave together the Garden of Eden and the Garden of Gethsemane.

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Dec 02, 2013

GPS - Finding Our Way

Dr. Rossi uses the analogy of his GPS to bring home a point about how the Lord guides our way.

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Nov 16, 2013

Living With Cancer

Today, Dr.Rossi interviews a wife and mother of 2 small children who is fighting cancer and has gone through several surgeries, treatments, and procedures. What can be learned from such an experience and where does God come into the picture?

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Oct 31, 2013

Fr. Alexander Atty - Joy in Suffering

Dr. Rossi visits with Fr. Alexander Atty at Antiochian Village and discusses Fr. Alexander's cancer diagnosis and how he has dealt with it.

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Oct 15, 2013

The Fathers and Community

Dr. Rossi conducts an interview with the Dean of Students at St Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary who gave a talk on this topic to a parish recently.

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Oct 01, 2013

Evangelism

Dr. Rossi reflects on what is means to evangelize from an Orthodox perspective.

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Sep 16, 2013

Loving Our Veterans

Dr. Rossi interviews Fr. James Parnell, a veteran who is a student at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary preparing to become a chaplain. They discuss the reintegration and healing of combat veterans and their families.

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Aug 31, 2013

Divine Madness

Dr. Rossi is in Cape Cod by the surf as he reflects on Elder Porphryrios' book Wounded by Love.

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Aug 16, 2013

St. Blandina

Today, Dr. Rossi looks at the life and martyrdom of St. Blandina from the 2nd Century.

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Jul 30, 2013

Pastoral Care

Dr. Rossi's guest is Rev. Dr. Sarah Fogg, Director of Pastoral Care at St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, New York. Dr. Fogg has long been an instructor in pastoral care for the seminary students at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. She also gave the commencement address at St. Vladimir's.

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Jul 12, 2013

A Message for Youth on Sex

Dr. Rossi recorded an adaptation of his talk that he gives to youth on sex, lust, and marriage. His talk usually lasts a couple of hours but he has condensed it here to 45 minutes. Its well worth listening to!

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Jun 28, 2013

Gentleness as a Mindset

In an often harsh world, a gentle spirit is a reflection of the life of Christ within us.

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Jun 12, 2013

Christ Lifting Adam and Eve to Paradise

Dr. Rossi talks with iconographer Khouria Erin Kimmet about the icon most associated with the resurrection.

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May 25, 2013

Had I a Golden Thread

Dr. Rossi uses the song "Had I a Golden Thread" as sung by his wife of blessed memory to illustrate the opportunity we all have to be a healing presence.

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May 10, 2013

Lessons from St. Irenaeus

In this episode, Dr. Rossi interviews St. Vladimir's student Tracy Gustilo about St. Irenaeus.

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Apr 26, 2013

Path to Sanity

Dr. Rossi talks about the book "God's Path to Sanity" by Dee Pennock.

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Apr 10, 2013

Cognitive Dissonance

What comes to mind when you hear the term "Cognitive Dissonance?" Today Dr. Rossi shows how this reality is active in our lives as Orthodox Christians.

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Mar 26, 2013

Relax in God’s Hands

Dr. Rossi uses a quote from St. Irenaeus to illustrate the need for balance in our lives.

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Mar 04, 2013

Embracing Ambiguity - Part 2

In an earlier podcast, Dr. Rossi dealt with our need to embrace ambiguity as a way to become a healing presence. After receiving an email from a listener, he continues with this theme today.

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Feb 16, 2013

Amazing Grace

Today Dr. Rossi reflects on this well-known hymn from both a personal standpoint as well as it's place in Orthodox theology.

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Jan 31, 2013

Icons - Windows and Mirrors

Today, Dr. Rossi reflects on icons and the very different perspective of the Orthodox Christian when viewing them.

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Jan 15, 2013

Les Miserables

Dr. Rossi reviews the new movie Les Miserables and points out the messages that are consistent with the Orthodox faith.

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Dec 18, 2012

Silent Night

In his special Christmas episode, Dr. Rosi explores the "night" in both the Nativity story as well as Christ's Passion.

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Dec 03, 2012

Vocation As A Way Of Life

What is the difference between a career and a vocation? Dr. Rossi tells a personal story from his days as a Monk.

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Nov 16, 2012

Evangelizing Orphans

Dr. Rossi interviews Fr. Nicholas Andruchow, Associate Director of Project Mexico.

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Oct 31, 2012

The Sacrament of the Present Moment

We hear so much about "living in the present moment" but what does that mean and how do we do it?

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Oct 17, 2012

Christian Time Management

Books and seminars abound on the topic of time management but Dr. Rossi says as Christians we need to look at time management in a different way.

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Oct 02, 2012

Forgiveness From the Heart

True forgiveness comes from the heart and Dr. Rossi tells us what that looks like.

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Sep 05, 2012

Suicide - Part 2

Dr. Rossi continues his comments on suicide and talks in particular about the Pastoral Paper on Suicide that was adopted by SCOBA in May of 2007

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Aug 22, 2012

Suicide - Part 1

In the first of a two part series, Dr. Rossi helps us be a healing presence for those who are tempted with suicide.

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Aug 07, 2012

The Problem of Death

None of us can avoid death. So as Orthodox Christians, how should we look at death and grief in a healing manner?

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Jul 27, 2012

Asceticism and Orthodox Secularism

In the 3rd installment on the general topic of Asceticism, Dr. Rossi addresses the subtle temptation to slip into secularism.

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Jul 08, 2012

The Problem of Suffering

Why is there suffering in the world? Is God trying to punish us? Dr. Rossi addresses this important topic and helps us understand that there is purpose in suffering.

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Jun 16, 2012

Dark Asceticism

Continuing his series on the "Pendulum of Asceticism", Dr. Rossi talks about "Dark Asceticism" and it's dangers.

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Jun 01, 2012

Sane Asceticism

Dr. Rossi begins a short series on the "Pendulum of Asceticism" with today's episode titled "Sane Asceticism."

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May 18, 2012

Embracing Ambiguity

Continuing the theme of the last episode which dealt with Orthodoxy as Paradoxy, Dr. Rossi talks about the need to embrace ambiguity.

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May 04, 2012

Orthodoxy is “Paradoxy”

Dr. Rossi talks about the many paradoxes in Orthodoxy that defy explanation but at the same time define our faith.

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Apr 20, 2012

Personal Freedom

What are we free and not free to do as believers in Christ? Dr. Rossi gives some practical examples of freedom used where freedom was not appropriate.

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Apr 06, 2012

Rigorous Honesty

In this episode Dr. Rossi talks about pursuing a personal policy of honesty in all things.

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Mar 24, 2012

Our Memories

How should we consider our memories? As simple camcorders, recording each event and recalling them the same way each time or something more complex?

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Mar 12, 2012

Despondency

Today, Dr. Rossi distinguishes between despondency and depression and helps us recognize and deal with it so we can be a healing presence to others.

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Feb 24, 2012

The Power of Being Non-Judgmental

Dr. Rossi talks about the jungle of wicked thoughts in our minds and the need to not judge others.

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Feb 10, 2012

Living for Others

Part of becoming a healing presence is to share our lives with others without the expectation of reward or acknowledgement. Dr. Rossi shares the story of Johnny Appleseed as an example.

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Jan 30, 2012

Anger

Anger - express it or repress it? Dr. Al Rossi gives us guidance and helps us understand the healthy and Christ-like alternatives.

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Jan 15, 2012

Internet Pornography - Part 2

In part 2, Dr. Rossi gives some practical advice to those who are struggling with internet pornography or those who provide counseling.

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Dec 31, 2011

Internet Pornography - Part 1

Dr. Rossi identifies the the alarming statistics and the alluring dangers of Internet Pornography.

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Dec 16, 2011

The Still Small Voice

How does God speak to us? Are we listening?

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Dec 04, 2011

Walking in God’s Presence

What does it mean to be constantly in the presence of God? Dr. Rossi explores the practical implications in today's episode.

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Nov 16, 2011

The Heart of the Matter

Our communion with God springs from the heart - our all important "inner space."

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Oct 31, 2011

Hearing the Snow

When we are intentional in our listening and silence, we are in the best position to commune with Christ.

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Oct 17, 2011

The Power of the Name

When we are silently aware of the presence of Christ, the whisper of His name will bring healing to us and spill out to others.

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Oct 03, 2011

Solitude

Metropolitan Kallistos says "Solitude is a state of soul, not a matter of geographical location. The real desert lies within the heart. In this episode, Dr. Rossi explores the healing nature of silence.

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Sep 19, 2011

God Heals Others Through Us

Dr. Rossi explores how the fire of God's healing presence can flow right through us to others.

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Sep 01, 2011

Welcome to Our First Episode

In this inaugural program, Dr. Rossi helps us define what "a Healing Presence" is and how we can begin that journey together. Included is a touching musical recording of Dr. Rossi's dear wife who fell asleep in the Lord several years ago, but who is still his life's companion.

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