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Praying in the Rain

Praying in the Rain Reflections on the Inner Life from Canada's Pacific Coast

Start date: January 2014 41 episodes

In “Praying in the Rain,”  Fr. Michael Gillis reflects on the inner life of Orthodox Christians. Drawing on the wisdom of both ancient and contemporary Church Fathers and Mothers, Fr. Michael ponders the struggles, the ironies, and the disciplines of the spiritual life. Written versions of many of Fr. Michael’s reflections can be found at his blog site.

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Episodes

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Oct 28, 2014

Finding a Spiritual Father

Fr. Michael shares important things to think about in the quest for a spiritual father or mother.

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19:52
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Oct 14, 2014

On Rowing Boats and Farming Souls

Fr. Michael talks about the changeability of our bodies in our endeavor to live in holiness. "We may be a mess, but we are God's mess, and He loves us."

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13:17
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Oct 07, 2014

Growing Up in God

Fr. Michael talks about the transition from fearing God to loving God.

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18:45
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Sep 30, 2014

Lukewarm Christians

Fr. Michael follows up last week's podcast ("Error to the Right") with a discussion about the warning to the Laodicean Christians to not be lukewarm (Revelation 3). "We are all sick, blind, naked, wretched, but it's only the lukewarm who don't think they are."

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10:46
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Sep 23, 2014

Error to the Right

Fr. Michael talks about the sin of becoming "too righteous."

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14:03
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Sep 16, 2014

Advice Concerning Distracting Thoughts in Prayer

Fr. Michael shares an article by Abbess Victoria of St. Barbara's Monastery (Santa Paula, California) on ways to handle worries and distractions while praying.

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12:39
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Sep 09, 2014

Camp, Berries, and Thorns

Fr. Michael shares about his experience with the first ever Antiochian Orthodox youth camp in western Canada.

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10:55
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Sep 02, 2014

What Does God Look Like?

Fr. Michael answers the familiar question, "If God is real, why isn't it obvious to everyone?"

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10:52
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Aug 26, 2014

Like Jonah in the Whale

Fr. Michael shares a quote and reflections from Jim Forest's book, Living with Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton (http://www.amazon.com/Living-With-Wisdom-Thomas-Merton/dp/1570757542), "I find myself traveling to my destiny in the belly of a paradox."

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11:23
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Aug 19, 2014

Coming to Confession

Fr. Michael talks about getting beyond "scribbling down lists of mistakes" to "allowing your reflection on your sins to break your heart" in preparing for the sacrament of Confession.

9:40
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Aug 12, 2014

Surviving the Summer

Fr. Michael compares the weather of Canada's Pacific Coast to spiritual life.

8:23
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Aug 05, 2014

Surviving the Valleys

Enjoying a spiritual mountain top? Walking in a spiritual valley? Fr. Michael talks about to even out the ups and downs of Christian life.

10:27
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Jul 29, 2014

Heaven and Hell and Repentance (on the Bus)

Fr. Michael reflects on a recent public-transit pilgrimage.

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Jul 22, 2014

Discernment in the fog, in the dark, and without my glasses

Fr. Michael shares about discernment. "We all have to begin where we are, with the limited ability and grace we have.... If we follow what we know, maybe God will reveal to us some of what we do not know."

15:54
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Jul 15, 2014

Unity and Freedom

Fr. Michael uses the examples of the Prodigal Son and the Wise Thief to talk about unity and freedom.

9:30
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Jul 08, 2014

Death to the World

Fr. Michael shares an article about happiness he wrote for the Death to the World zine.

10:29
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Jul 01, 2014

St. Isaac and Theosis

Fr. Michael shares his thoughts, and St. Isaac the Syrian's thoughts, about theosis.

15:19
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Jun 24, 2014

Why Does Life Have To Be So Hard?

Fr. Michael gives some answers to the age-old question of why life is hard.

13:32
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Jun 17, 2014

Greener Grass - The Single Life

Fr. Michael concludes his two-part series on discussing the comparison between vocations: marriage, monasticism, and singleness.

13:48
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Jun 10, 2014

Greener Grass - Marriage vs. Monasticism

Fr. Michael begins a two-part series on discussing the comparison between vocations: marriage, monasticism, and singleness.

7:44
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Jun 03, 2014

Some Thoughts on Fear

Fr. Michael uses the illustration of rock climbing to talk about fear and freedom.

12:10
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May 27, 2014

The End of the Line

Fr. Michael talks about charismatic Protestant Christianity.

15:19
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May 20, 2014

Messiah Complex

Fr. Michael talks about how we take on responsibility for fixing others. "Peace does not come once we figure out how to heal our problems and the problems of those around us. That's backwards. Our problems and the problems of those around us will be healed as we acquire peace."

13:41
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May 13, 2014

Success and Our Thoughts

Fr. Michael talks about how our thoughts influence our lives. "This is success: to become by grace a God-filled human being, to become all that God has called us to be."

15:53
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May 06, 2014

On Defending Ourselves

Fr. Michael addresses the passages in the gospels where Jesus instructs his disciples to buy swords, Peter's use of the sword, and our own response. "When you look at the Orthodox tradition, there is quite a mixed bag regarding violence and the use of weapons.... When we use force to oppose those who oppose us, when we end up fighting fire with fire, we destroy the ability of our enemy to hear. We cut off the ear of the very ones Jesus came to save."

12:29
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Apr 29, 2014

Swimming Above Our Teacher’s Hands

Fr. Michael encourages us to trust that God, as our coach, will teach us to float and to swim, knowing that He is our teacher, and His hands are beneath us.

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Apr 22, 2014

The Rapture

"What enraptures us today determines how we will experience the rapture of the last day no matter when or how that takes place."

11:18
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Apr 15, 2014

Spiritual Zeal- What it is and what it isn’t

Fr. Michael talks about the difference between inwardly-focused spiritual zeal and outwardly-focused emotional zeal.

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Apr 07, 2014

Shedding the fear of God’s wrath

Fr. Michael discusses fear of, and love for, God.

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Mar 31, 2014

Song of the Vineyard

Fr. Michael shares the song of the vineyard, from the Prophet Isaiah.

17:38
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Mar 25, 2014

But What Did Jesus Actually Say?

Fr. Michael examines the Sermon on the Mount, specifically our faith and deeds done in secret.

14:57
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Mar 18, 2014

Dark Night 2: “Lord, If You Had Been There”

Fr. Michael addresses disappointment—what it is and how we should deal with it.

13:34
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Mar 10, 2014

Dark Night

Fr. Michael discusses "the dark night of the soul," an expression coined by St. John of the Cross, a 16th-century Spanish mystic.

10:52
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Mar 04, 2014

The Thank You Tree

Fr. Michael explains that the Church provides a context in which what has been good before can become better—more deeply understood, more sanely practiced.

12:39
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Feb 25, 2014

Take Heed: Part Seven

Fr. Michael examines Jesus's exhortation in Matthew 6:1-3 to "take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men."

13:22
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Feb 18, 2014

Take Heed: Part Six

Fr. Michael examines Jesus's exhortation to "take heed that the light in you is not darkness."

14:33
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Feb 11, 2014

Take Heed: Part Five

Fr. Michael examines Jesus's exhortation to "take heed that you do not despise the little ones."

13:19
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Feb 05, 2014

Take Heed: Part Four

Fr. Michael examines Jesus's exhortation to "take heed of the leaven of the Pharisees."

12:24
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Jan 28, 2014

Take Heed: Part Three

Fr. Michael examines Jesus's exhortation to "take heed how or what you hear" in Mark 4:24 and Luke 8:18.

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Jan 21, 2014

Take Heed: Part Two

Fr. Michael examines Jesus's exhortation to "Take heed concerning covetousness" in Luke 12:14.

12:16
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Jan 14, 2014

Take Heed

In this debut episode, Fr. Michael begins a seven-part series on the warnings of Jesus.

8:39
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