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Parables of Community

Parables of Community Asceticism of the Open Door

Start date: August 2014 27 episodes

Stories of the lives of the people who come to St. John the Compassionate Mission, an apostolate of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese located in Toronto, Ontario.

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May 19, 2015

Why Being Alive Is a Blessing

The Orthodox view existence as directed toward an encounter with a personal God who gives meaning to all the dimensions of earthly human existence.

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May 06, 2015

Crumbs of Bread

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, Founder and Executive Director of St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminds us that the Lord can be found in the crumbs of daily life.

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Apr 23, 2015

I Don’t Want to Die

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, tells a suffering man to pray, but is that enough?

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Apr 06, 2015

Church as a Community

It's called the Agape meal because that is where we are challenged to live what we have experienced in the liturgy.

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Mar 24, 2015

Ministry of Presence

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, explains that the real work of the mission comes from sitting and talking.

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Mar 18, 2015

Lessons from a Space

Dn. Pawel, the prefect of the Lived Theology School Program, discusses the narthex of St. John the Compassionate Mission and its meaning.

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Mar 11, 2015

A Good Reason to Do Nothing

Nikolai, a counselor at St. John the Compassionate Mission, explains why it's important to break bread together with the poor.

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Mar 04, 2015

A Friendly Practice in Toronto (Asceticism)

Nikolai, a counselor at St. John the Compassionate Mission, discusses Great Lent and the Early Morning Breakfast Program at the mission.

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Feb 23, 2015

Unable to Love

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, discusses a man at the mission who wanted to love God but felt as though he just couldn't love back anymore.

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Feb 16, 2015

More Lessons from the Wall

What does The Rule of St. Benedict have to say to an Orthodox mission in 21st-century Toronto?

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Feb 09, 2015

Compassion Has No Price

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminds us that by thinking that the sole purpose of a mission is to convert everyone, you put a price tag on compassion.

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Feb 03, 2015

Arguing About Freedom

What does it mean to be mentally healthy?

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Jan 28, 2015

Smells and Bells

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, Founder and Executive Director of St. John the Compassionate Mission, tells the story of a man who would have given up hope if not for his remembrance of the bells at the mission.

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Jan 20, 2015

Tales of the Unexpected

Dn. Pawel, the prefect of the Lived Theology School Program, describes a typical/atypical lunch discussion at St. John the Compassionate Mission.

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Jan 13, 2015

Learning to Listen

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, Founder and Executive Director of St. John the Compassionate Mission, explains how mission work begins by showing how God is already working in people's lives.

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Jan 06, 2015

There’s Hope for Me

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, discusses a regular at the mission named John and his encounter with St. Moses the Ethiopian.

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Dec 31, 2014

Libby

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, tells a story about Libby, a non-Orthodox woman who attends prayers every day.

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Nov 18, 2014

The Best Birthday Present

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminds us that Christ arrives at 3:45 on a Friday afternoon.

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Nov 11, 2014

The Unborn Child

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, tells the story of an unborn child named Maria who changed his life forever.

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Nov 04, 2014

No One Comes Here by Accident

Dn. Pawel, explains how the mission came to minister to victims of abuse.

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Oct 02, 2014

Hello, God, Are You There?

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminds us that our relationship with God needs to be simpler and a lot more trusting.

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Sep 24, 2014

The Tenderness of God; the Tenderness of the Poor

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, Founder and Executive Director of St. John the Compassionate Mission, demonstrates how part of the challenge and the beauty of living Orthodox mission is learning to accept the tenderness of God in our lives through the poor.

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Sep 17, 2014

St. Philothei

Nikolai, a counselor at St. John the Compassionate Mission, shares how he learned from the mission to be attentive.

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Sep 10, 2014

A Place of Contrast

Pres. Maria Drossos, Director of Operations, describes what makes St. John the Compassionate Mission unique and different from the outside world.

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Sep 03, 2014

A Holy Death

Only those who suffer and speak the universal language of the heart can help others who suffer.

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Aug 21, 2014

Karina

Dn. Pawel, the prefect of the Lived Theology School Program, tells the story of Karina, one of many who experienced for a time the comfort and safety of St. John the Compassionate Mission.

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Aug 07, 2014

The Doors, the Doors

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, the Founder and Executive Director of St. John's, discusses the open doors of the mission.

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