Mysterion Words Homiletical and Poetical, Reflective and Narrative
Start date: July 2011 101 episodes
Join Fr. Richard Rene for words homiletical and poetical, reflective and narrative. Come and explore the challenges of the spiritual life at the intersection of the eternal Gospel and the 21st century.
|Date||Title & Description||Duration|
|May 28, 2014||
Fr. Richard explains how the story of Noah points to Jesus Christ.
|May 21, 2014||
Both those who lead and those who follow in the Church need to ask themselves, "How can we look at power differently?"
|May 14, 2014||
Fr. Richard explains what the story of the Myrrhbearers has to teach us about the social teaching of the Church.
|May 06, 2014||
Fr. Richard explains that if we are going to fully enter the Christian life, then part of our task is to acquire wisdom.
|Apr 15, 2014||
Fr. Richard explains how to attain dispassion.
|Apr 14, 2014||
We can either live life in our heads and be alone, or we can live life in our hearts and meet with God.
|Apr 02, 2014||
Fr. Richard explains that by prescribing the readings from Genesis during Lent, the Church links creation with the journey of the Lord to the Cross.
|Mar 26, 2014||
Fr. Richard reminds us that we can conceive in others the presence of God through our words.
|Mar 19, 2014||
Fr. Richard reminds us that we have the God-given potential to rise above those things that would subject us.
|Mar 12, 2014||
As we follow Jesus to the cross, explains Fr. Richard, our challenge is to seek to become human again.
|Jan 29, 2014||
Drawing on the encounter between Jesus and the Canaanite woman, Fr. Richard outlines the two dimensions of "great faith."
|Jan 08, 2014||
Fr. Richard marvels at the mystery of how this pure, incorruptible, uncontaminated, utterly righteous God immersed himself in the tailing pond of humanity's most toxic attitudes and behaviors.
|Oct 30, 2013||
Who is the enemy in our spiritual war? Fr. Richard reminds us that it is not flesh and blood, but rather the demon of our age.
|Oct 09, 2013||
Fr. Richard explains that God brings us to Church to show us that He loves us.
|Sep 18, 2013||
Fr. Richard explains what the story of St. Helen and the Cross teaches us about experiencing the resurrection power of the Cross in our lives.
|Aug 18, 2013||
Fr. Richard shares his homily from the Feast of the Dormition.
|Aug 07, 2013||
Fr. Richard explains why Christianity is the end of religion.
|Aug 06, 2013||
Fr. Richard shares his homily from the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ.
|Jul 24, 2013||
What does St. Paul mean when he says we should be slaves of righteousness? Fr. Richard explains.
|Jul 10, 2013||
Fr. Richard explains what it truly means to be perfected.
|Jul 02, 2013||
Fr. Richard reflects on the differences between Sts. Peter and Paul.
|Jun 19, 2013||
Fr. Richard answers two questions: How do we realize God's closeness to us, and how do we proclaim it?
|Jun 13, 2013||
Fr. Richard reminds us that after Christ ascended into heaven, he grew closer to us than ever.
|Jun 05, 2013||
Fr. Richard explains why the Myrrh-Bearing Women came to the tomb.
|May 29, 2013||
Fr. Richard explains that it by following St. Thomas's example that we can break through the "business as usual" that follows Lent and Pascha.
|May 22, 2013||
Fr. Richard explains what lust actually is and how to overcome it.
|May 15, 2013||
Fr. Richard reminds us that we must go down to go up St. John's Ladder of Divine Ascent.
|May 08, 2013||
Fr. Richard explains that the antidote to fear is surrender.
|May 01, 2013||
Fr. Richard reminds us that if we're going to be people of the Cross, then we need to accept our subjugation and suffering.
|Apr 24, 2013||
Fr. Richard explains how we can encounter and know the energies of the living God.
|Apr 17, 2013||
Fr. Richard explains that the way for us to demonstrate the submission of the Theotokos is by trying to disappear.
|Apr 10, 2013||
Fr. Richard explains what it is about icons that is crucial and essential to being an Orthodox Christian.
|Apr 03, 2013||
Fr. Richard explains how to overcome resentment.
|Mar 27, 2013||
Fr. Richard examines the various ironies of resentment.
|Feb 06, 2013||
What is the reason for Simeon's song? Fr. Richard explains.
|Jan 30, 2013||
Fr. Richard discusses the central question of ethics: Why should we behave well?
|Jan 04, 2013||
Fr. Richard uses Herod's massacre of the innocents in the Gospel of Matthew to help us understand the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
|Dec 20, 2012||
Fr. Richard explores the significance of genealogies.
|Dec 12, 2012||
Fr. Richard reflects on the life of Mattie Stepanek, a boy who died of a rare form of muscular dystrophy in 2004.
|Dec 05, 2012||
Fr. Richard maintains that Jesus calls us to be compassionate through the use of our imaginations.
|Nov 23, 2012||
Fr. Richard describes how the Theotokos took over the Jewish temple and absorbed it into herself.
|Nov 16, 2012||
Why does God allow rough storms to buffet us? Fr. Richard encourages us to look for responses to this question rather than answers.
|Oct 31, 2012||
Fr. Richard explains what St. Paul ultimately means when he sets into opposition the "works of the law" and "faith in Christ."
|Oct 24, 2012||
Fr. Richard explains the prophetic method of scriptural exegesis.
|Oct 17, 2012||
Fr. Richard reflects on the parable of the sower by asking three questions: Who is the Lord speaking to? What does He promise us? And what is our challenge?
|Sep 19, 2012||
Fr. Richard explains that because of the Cross, death can no longer become the foundation of community.
|Aug 22, 2012||
Fr. Richard explains how the Theotokos managed to give over her soul with peace and joy.
|Aug 15, 2012||
Fr. Richard explains why the Transfiguration was necessary.
|Aug 08, 2012||
Fr. Richard reminds us that the law is no longer enough to ward off the primeval forces of chaos.
|Jul 25, 2012||
Fr. Richard contends that when life becomes a struggle we too easily look to other places, people, and circumstances for relief.
|Jul 18, 2012||
Why should you continue to love the Orthodox Church despite controversy and scandal? Fr. Richard finds his answer in the faith of the people who carried the paralytic to Christ.
|Jun 29, 2012||
Fr. Richard reminds us that the most significant thing that we can say about saints Peter and Paul is that they were apostles.
|Jun 20, 2012||
Fr. Richard explains that everything there is to be known of God's will for our lives is completely accessible and knowable in our personal encounter with the Son of God.
|Jun 13, 2012||
Fr. Richard explains that authority is an essential part of what makes loving service to others real.
|Jun 07, 2012||
Fr. Richard explains that Pentecost was necessary because human beings need to not just observe the law—not just see it written down—but also to breathe it. In short, the first Christians needed God's breath within them.
|Jun 06, 2012||
Fr. Richard contends that the predominance of social utilitarianism is responsible for the deterioration of the institution of marriage.
|May 30, 2012||
Fr. Richard argues that the Ascension is not so much about abandonment and departure as it is about rescue and return.
|May 23, 2012||
Fr. Richard explains that the blind man Jesus healed did not just go from physical blindness to physical sight, but also from spiritual blindness to spiritual sight.
|May 16, 2012||
Fr. Richard explains that chronic pain and illness are not a detour from real life, but rather the very path that leads to real life.
|May 09, 2012||
Fr. Richard explains why the myrrh-bearing women returned to the womb and what it means for the Christian life.
|May 02, 2012||
Fr. Richard examines what it means to be a living testimonial of Christ.
|Apr 25, 2012||
Fr. Richard examines the seventh day of creation and what it teaches us about rest.
|Apr 18, 2012||
Fr. Richard examines the work that God did on the sixth day of creation and finds that the fundamental purpose of human beings is voicing praise.
|Apr 11, 2012||
Fr. Richard examines the work that God did on the fifth day of creation and what it teaches us about making Christ present in each and every moment of our lives.
|Apr 04, 2012||
Fr. Richard examines the work that God did on the fourth day of creation and what it teaches us about living in the moment.
|Mar 28, 2012||
Fr. Richard examines the work that God did on the third day of creation and what it teaches us about the habits of genuine humanity.
|Mar 21, 2012||
Fr. Richard examines the second day of creation and what it tells us about humanity, even as we anticipate the ultimate revelation and perfection of humanity at the Pascha of our Lord Jesus Christ.
|Mar 14, 2012||
By reading the Book of Genesis during Great Lent, the Church reminds us that the forty days are a time in which we can allow ourselves to be created as real human beings. Fr. Richard begins to look at each of the seven days of creation to discover what they teach us about Christ as the ultimate"'real human being" who we can strive to imitate in the time leading up to Pascha.
|Mar 07, 2012||
Fr. Richard explains that the reason we will be surprised by God's judgment is because we have already judged ourselves.
|Feb 29, 2012||
Fr. Richard concludes his series on repentance with a discussion of the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee.
|Feb 22, 2012||
Fr. Richard discusses the history of repentance in the Church to demonstrate how we are to practice repentance in our lives.
|Feb 15, 2012||
Fr. Richard explains how we are to practice repentance.
|Feb 08, 2012||
Fr. Richard begins a new series of homilies on repentance.
|Feb 01, 2012||
Our faith cannot be imposed from the outside in. In this week's episode, Fr. Richard speaks of how an authentic Christian life can be grown from the inside out.
|Jan 25, 2012||
Fr. Richard speaks on the Samaritan leper and the Christian vocation to radical devotion.
|Jan 18, 2012||
Fr. Richard explores the three phases of the process of awakening to what Christ has done for us.
|Jan 11, 2012||
Fr. Richard argues that before we can successfully occupy New York, Vancouver, or anywhere else, we need to first occupy our own hearts.
|Jan 04, 2012||
Fr. Richard explores the two primary challenges of living as the family of God.
|Dec 31, 2011||
Why do the innocent suffer? Fr. Richard answers this troubling spiritual question.
|Dec 21, 2011||
Fr. Richard defines "fear" as the refusal to look at ourselves honestly—to fail to take responsibility for who we really are.
|Dec 14, 2011||
Fr. Richard explains how to be a transparent community.
|Dec 07, 2011||
Fr. Richard discusses our spiritual transparency before God.
|Nov 30, 2011||
Fr. Richard explains that the world cannot be divided into nations; rather, we all share a radical equality of failure.
|Nov 22, 2011||
Fr. Richard preaches on the Gerasine Demoniac.
|Nov 16, 2011||
On behalf of the Ministerial Association of Cranbrook, British Columbia, Fr. Richard offers a Christian response to the topic statement of this year's Interfaith Symposium: "Love of Country Is Part of My Faith."
|Nov 09, 2011||
What are spiritual gifts and how are they to be used? Fr. Richard answers both questions.
|Nov 02, 2011||
Fr. Richard addresses how to preserve the life of the Church free from worldly influences.
|Oct 26, 2011||
Fr. Richard argues that using our freedom in such a way that causes other people to stumble is completely inconsistent with a Christian vocation.
|Oct 19, 2011||
Fr. Richard introduces us to the world of Mysterion where his young adult fantasy series takes place. The newest book in the series, The Edge of Mysterion, was just published by Conciliar Press.
|Oct 12, 2011||
Fr. Richard explains how to maintain our holiness in the midst of the world without succumbing to the temptation to escape the world.
|Oct 05, 2011||
Fr. Richard explains the distinction between being in the world and being of the world.
|Sep 28, 2011||
Fr. Richard explains that the Dormition of the Theotokos teaches us how disciples of Jesus Christ are called to die.
|Sep 21, 2011||
Fr. Richard argues that since the Cross, we can no longer use violence to bind up our society—to unite against others, no matter how hard we try.
|Sep 14, 2011||
In addition to serving as a priest, Fr. Richard is a writer of fiction and poetry. His young adult science-fiction book Mysterion will soon be published by Conciliar Press, and here he reads a work titled "Water Poems."
|Sep 07, 2011||
Fr. Richard argues that when we promote our personal brand, we're just carrying the factionalism of the Corinthians to its most selfish, individualistic, and atomized end.
|Aug 30, 2011||
Fr. Richard explains that "suffering" is slavery to something outside ourselves, and that "dispassion" is a lack of suffering—the quality of not being enslaved to external impulses.
|Aug 24, 2011||
Fr. Richard explains that when an ordinary human being is deluded into thinking that he possesses the personal power to singlehandedly redeem another person, something has gone terribly wrong.
|Aug 17, 2011||
Fr. Richard explains that when Jesus talks about Peace, he's not talking about pacifism, but rather about whether we are confident that we belong to and with the Father.
|Aug 09, 2011||
As Orthodox Christians, we are neither pantheists nor theists, but rather panentheists. Fr. Richard explains.
|Aug 02, 2011||
Fr. Richard compares the concept of freedom according to culture with the concept of freedom according to Christ.
|Jul 22, 2011||
On this inaugural episode of Mysterion, Fr. Richard Rene of St. Aidan Orthodox Church in Cranbrook, British Columbia, shares his homily from the Sunday of All Saints.