Mysterion

Mysterion Words Homiletical and Poetical, Reflective and Narrative

Start date: July 2011 97 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.

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Apr 15, 2014

Being Human: Part Three

Fr. Richard explains how to attain dispassion.

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Apr 14, 2014

Live in Your Head or Live in Your Heart

We can either live life in our heads and be alone, or we can live life in our hearts and meet with God.

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Apr 02, 2014

Making Spaces

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.

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Mar 26, 2014

Annunciation and the Power of Words

Fr. Richard reminds us that we can conceive in others the presence of God through our words.

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Mar 19, 2014

Being Human: Part Two

Fr. Richard reminds us that we have the God-given potential to rise above those things that would subject us.

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Mar 12, 2014

Being Human: Part One

As we follow Jesus to the cross, explains Fr. Richard, our challenge is to seek to become human again.

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Jan 29, 2014

Expect Nothing; Hope for Everything

Drawing on the encounter between Jesus and the Canaanite woman, Fr. Richard outlines the two dimensions of "great faith."

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Jan 08, 2014

He Became Sin

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.

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Oct 30, 2013

The Demoniac is Not the Demon

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.

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Oct 09, 2013

Do We Believe?

Fr. Richard explains that God brings us to Church to show us that He loves us.

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Sep 18, 2013

How to Discover the True Cross

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.

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Aug 18, 2013

The Good Death

Fr. Richard shares his homily from the Feast of the Dormition.

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Aug 07, 2013

Religious Community or Christian Community

Fr. Richard explains why Christianity is the end of religion.

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Aug 06, 2013

That We May See Him Clearly

Fr. Richard shares his homily from the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ.

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Jul 24, 2013

The Joy of Slavery

What does St. Paul mean when he says we should be slaves of righteousness? Fr. Richard explains.

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Jul 10, 2013

Becoming Fully Dimensional

Fr. Richard explains what it truly means to be perfected.

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Jul 02, 2013

Unity in Diversity, Diversity in Unity

Fr. Richard reflects on the differences between Sts. Peter and Paul.

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Jun 19, 2013

Go In and Be Still

Fr. Richard answers two questions: How do we realize God's closeness to us, and how do we proclaim it?

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Jun 13, 2013

God Has Never Been Closer

Fr. Richard reminds us that after Christ ascended into heaven, he grew closer to us than ever.

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Jun 05, 2013

The Myrhh-Bearing Women and the Redemption of the Past

Fr. Richard explains why the Myrrh-Bearing Women came to the tomb.

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May 29, 2013

St. Thomas and the Wounds

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.

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May 22, 2013

Overcoming Lust

Fr. Richard explains what lust actually is and how to overcome it.

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May 15, 2013

The Topsy Turvy Ladder

Fr. Richard reminds us that we must go down to go up St. John's Ladder of Divine Ascent.

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May 08, 2013

Overcoming Fear

Fr. Richard explains that the antidote to fear is surrender.

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May 01, 2013

People of the Cross

Fr. Richard reminds us that if we're going to be people of the Cross, then we need to accept our subjugation and suffering.

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Apr 24, 2013

The Outer Journey and the Inner Journey

Fr. Richard explains how we can encounter and know the energies of the living God.

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Apr 17, 2013

Let Us Disappear

Fr. Richard explains that the way for us to demonstrate the submission of the Theotokos is by trying to disappear.

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Apr 10, 2013

The Triumph of the Personal

Fr. Richard explains what it is about icons that is crucial and essential to being an Orthodox Christian.

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Apr 03, 2013

Overcoming Resentment: Part Two

Fr. Richard explains how to overcome resentment.

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Mar 27, 2013

Overcoming Resentment: Part One

Fr. Richard examines the various ironies of resentment.

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Feb 06, 2013

Meeting Salvation

What is the reason for Simeon's song? Fr. Richard explains.

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Jan 30, 2013

Take Off the Costume

Fr. Richard discusses the central question of ethics: Why should we behave well?

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Jan 04, 2013

Little Christs or Little Herods?

Fr. Richard uses Herod's massacre of the innocents in the Gospel of Matthew to help us understand the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Dec 20, 2012

Persons with People

Fr. Richard explores the significance of genealogies.

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Dec 12, 2012

Mattie Stepanek and the Voice of Hope

Fr. Richard reflects on the life of Mattie Stepanek, a boy who died of a rare form of muscular dystrophy in 2004.

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Dec 05, 2012

Think of It

Fr. Richard maintains that Jesus calls us to be compassionate through the use of our imaginations.

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Nov 23, 2012

Expanding the Temple

Fr. Richard describes how the Theotokos took over the Jewish temple and absorbed it into herself.

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Nov 16, 2012

Lift Up the Darkness

Why does God allow rough storms to buffet us? Fr. Richard encourages us to look for responses to this question rather than answers.

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Oct 31, 2012

What’s the High Score?

Fr. Richard explains what St. Paul ultimately means when he sets into opposition the "works of the law" and "faith in Christ."

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Oct 24, 2012

A Third Way of Reading the Bible

Fr. Richard explains the prophetic method of scriptural exegesis.

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Oct 17, 2012

Sowing Seed in the Human Heart

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?

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Sep 19, 2012

Two Visions of Community

Fr. Richard explains that because of the Cross, death can no longer become the foundation of community.

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Aug 22, 2012

Look to the Hands of Our Master

Fr. Richard explains how the Theotokos managed to give over her soul with peace and joy.

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Aug 15, 2012

The Beautiful Gesture

Fr. Richard explains why the Transfiguration was necessary.

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Aug 08, 2012

Lord of the Storms

Fr. Richard reminds us that the law is no longer enough to ward off the primeval forces of chaos.

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Jul 25, 2012

The Golden Gate Solution

Fr. Richard contends that when life becomes a struggle we too easily look to other places, people, and circumstances for relief.

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Jul 18, 2012

Why I Love Orthodoxy (In Spite of Everything)

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.

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Jun 29, 2012

Deliver Your Pizza and Go Home

Fr. Richard reminds us that the most significant thing that we can say about saints Peter and Paul is that they were apostles.

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Jun 20, 2012

Does God Have a Plan for Your Life?

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.

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Jun 13, 2012

Authority is Not a Four-Letter Word

Fr. Richard explains that authority is an essential part of what makes loving service to others real.

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Jun 07, 2012

Breathing the Breath of God

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.

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Jun 06, 2012

Marriage: Investment, Covenant, or Sacrament?

Fr. Richard contends that the predominance of social utilitarianism is responsible for the deterioration of the institution of marriage.

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May 30, 2012

God’s Prize

Fr. Richard argues that the Ascension is not so much about abandonment and departure as it is about rescue and return.

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May 23, 2012

Seeing Reality (with a Capital R)

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.

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May 16, 2012

The Ministry of Suffering

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.

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May 09, 2012

Radical Attendance

Fr. Richard explains why the myrrh-bearing women returned to the womb and what it means for the Christian life.

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May 02, 2012

The Wounded Healer

Fr. Richard examines what it means to be a living testimonial of Christ.

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Apr 25, 2012

The Seven Habits of Real Human Beings, Part Seven: Struggle Daily to Rest Eternally

Fr. Richard examines the seventh day of creation and what it teaches us about rest.

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Apr 18, 2012

The Seven Habits of Real Human Beings, Part Six: Offer Your World As Praise

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.

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Apr 11, 2012

The Seven Habits of Real Human Beings, Part Five: Be Fruitful in Silence and Multiply in Generosity

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.

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Apr 04, 2012

The Seven Habits of Real Human Beings, Part Four: Live in the Intervals

Fr. Richard examines the work that God did on the fourth day of creation and what it teaches us about living in the moment.

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Mar 28, 2012

The Seven Habits of Real Human Beings, Part Three: Live According to Specifications

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.

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Mar 21, 2012

The Seven Habits of Real Human Beings, Part Two: Make a Sacred Space

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.

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Mar 14, 2012

The Seven Habits of Real Human Beings, Part One: Begin Where You Are

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.

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Mar 07, 2012

Surprise Judgments Ahead; Expect Anything!

Fr. Richard explains that the reason we will be surprised by God's judgment is because we have already judged ourselves.

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Feb 29, 2012

How to Make a Full Disclosure

Fr. Richard concludes his series on repentance with a discussion of the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee.

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Feb 22, 2012

Disclose and Dispose

Fr. Richard discusses the history of repentance in the Church to demonstrate how we are to practice repentance in our lives.

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Feb 15, 2012

What Happens in Vegas . . .

Fr. Richard explains how we are to practice repentance.

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Feb 08, 2012

Look Up and See Your Maker

Fr. Richard begins a new series of homilies on repentance.

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Feb 01, 2012

Faith from the Inside Out

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.

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Jan 25, 2012

Christians Are Not Respectable

Fr. Richard speaks on the Samaritan leper and the Christian vocation to radical devotion.

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Jan 18, 2012

Spiritual Awakening

Fr. Richard explores the three phases of the process of awakening to what Christ has done for us.

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Jan 11, 2012

Occupy Your Heart

Fr. Richard argues that before we can successfully occupy New York, Vancouver, or anywhere else, we need to first occupy our own hearts.

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Jan 04, 2012

Living as the Family of God

Fr. Richard explores the two primary challenges of living as the family of God.

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Dec 31, 2011

Suffering Is a Secret; Suffering Is a Gift

Why do the innocent suffer? Fr. Richard answers this troubling spiritual question.

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Dec 21, 2011

The Anatomy of Fear

Fr. Richard defines "fear" as the refusal to look at ourselves honestly—to fail to take responsibility for who we really are.

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Dec 14, 2011

Living the Same Way on the Inside as on the Outside

Fr. Richard explains how to be a transparent community.

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Dec 07, 2011

You Are Already Naked

Fr. Richard discusses our spiritual transparency before God.

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Nov 30, 2011

The Two Nation Way

Fr. Richard explains that the world cannot be divided into nations; rather, we all share a radical equality of failure.

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Nov 22, 2011

No One Is a Demon

Fr. Richard preaches on the Gerasine Demoniac.

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Nov 16, 2011

Christianity and Patriotism

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."

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Nov 09, 2011

Benign Cells in the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12-14)

What are spiritual gifts and how are they to be used? Fr. Richard answers both questions.

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Nov 02, 2011

The Maverick Mentality and Discerning the Body (I Corinthians 11)

Fr. Richard addresses how to preserve the life of the Church free from worldly influences.

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Oct 26, 2011

For the Good of the Weak (I Corinthians 8-10)

Fr. Richard argues that using our freedom in such a way that causes other people to stumble is completely inconsistent with a Christian vocation.

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Oct 19, 2011

Introduction to Mysterion

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.

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Oct 12, 2011

Is It Helpful? (I Corinthians 7)

Fr. Richard explains how to maintain our holiness in the midst of the world without succumbing to the temptation to escape the world.

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Oct 05, 2011

Drawing the Line Between the Church and the World (1 Corinthians 5-6)

Fr. Richard explains the distinction between being in the world and being of the world.

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Sep 28, 2011

Dormition and the Good Death

Fr. Richard explains that the Dormition of the Theotokos teaches us how disciples of Jesus Christ are called to die.

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Sep 21, 2011

The Third Day After September 11th

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.

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Sep 14, 2011

Water Poems

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."

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Sep 07, 2011

Of Personal Branding and Identity in Christ (I Corinthians 1)

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.

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Aug 30, 2011

More on Dispassion

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.

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Aug 24, 2011

The Principle of Dispassion

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.

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Aug 17, 2011

The Saints as Peacemakers

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.

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Aug 09, 2011

Panentheism

As Orthodox Christians, we are neither pantheists nor theists, but rather panentheists. Fr. Richard explains.

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Aug 02, 2011

The True Meaning of Freedom

Fr. Richard compares the concept of freedom according to culture with the concept of freedom according to Christ.

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Jul 22, 2011

All Saints Sunday

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.

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