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.
|Date||Title & Description||Duration|
|Oct 28, 2014||
Fr. Michael shares important things to think about in the quest for a spiritual father or mother.
|Oct 14, 2014||
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."
|Oct 07, 2014||
Fr. Michael talks about the transition from fearing God to loving God.
|Sep 30, 2014||
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."
|Sep 23, 2014||
Fr. Michael talks about the sin of becoming "too righteous."
|Sep 16, 2014||
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.
|Sep 09, 2014||
Fr. Michael shares about his experience with the first ever Antiochian Orthodox youth camp in western Canada.
|Sep 02, 2014||
Fr. Michael answers the familiar question, "If God is real, why isn't it obvious to everyone?"
|Aug 26, 2014||
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."
|Aug 19, 2014||
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.
|Aug 12, 2014||
Fr. Michael compares the weather of Canada's Pacific Coast to spiritual life.
|Aug 05, 2014||
Enjoying a spiritual mountain top? Walking in a spiritual valley? Fr. Michael talks about to even out the ups and downs of Christian life.
|Jul 29, 2014||
Fr. Michael reflects on a recent public-transit pilgrimage.
|Jul 22, 2014||
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."
|Jul 15, 2014||
Fr. Michael uses the examples of the Prodigal Son and the Wise Thief to talk about unity and freedom.
|Jul 08, 2014||
Fr. Michael shares an article about happiness he wrote for the Death to the World zine.
|Jul 01, 2014||
Fr. Michael shares his thoughts, and St. Isaac the Syrian's thoughts, about theosis.
|Jun 24, 2014||
Fr. Michael gives some answers to the age-old question of why life is hard.
|Jun 17, 2014||
Fr. Michael concludes his two-part series on discussing the comparison between vocations: marriage, monasticism, and singleness.
|Jun 10, 2014||
Fr. Michael begins a two-part series on discussing the comparison between vocations: marriage, monasticism, and singleness.
|Jun 03, 2014||
Fr. Michael uses the illustration of rock climbing to talk about fear and freedom.
|May 27, 2014||
Fr. Michael talks about charismatic Protestant Christianity.
|May 20, 2014||
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."
|May 13, 2014||
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."
|May 06, 2014||
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."
|Apr 29, 2014||
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.
|Apr 22, 2014||
"What enraptures us today determines how we will experience the rapture of the last day no matter when or how that takes place."
|Apr 15, 2014||
Fr. Michael talks about the difference between inwardly-focused spiritual zeal and outwardly-focused emotional zeal.
|Apr 07, 2014||
Fr. Michael discusses fear of, and love for, God.
|Mar 31, 2014||
Fr. Michael shares the song of the vineyard, from the Prophet Isaiah.
|Mar 25, 2014||
Fr. Michael examines the Sermon on the Mount, specifically our faith and deeds done in secret.
|Mar 18, 2014||
Fr. Michael addresses disappointment—what it is and how we should deal with it.
|Mar 10, 2014||
Fr. Michael discusses "the dark night of the soul," an expression coined by St. John of the Cross, a 16th-century Spanish mystic.
|Mar 04, 2014||
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.
|Feb 25, 2014||
Fr. Michael examines Jesus's exhortation in Matthew 6:1-3 to "take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men."
|Feb 18, 2014||
Fr. Michael examines Jesus's exhortation to "take heed that the light in you is not darkness."
|Feb 11, 2014||
Fr. Michael examines Jesus's exhortation to "take heed that you do not despise the little ones."
|Feb 05, 2014||
Fr. Michael examines Jesus's exhortation to "take heed of the leaven of the Pharisees."
|Jan 28, 2014||
Fr. Michael examines Jesus's exhortation to "take heed how or what you hear" in Mark 4:24 and Luke 8:18.
|Jan 21, 2014||
Fr. Michael examines Jesus's exhortation to "Take heed concerning covetousness" in Luke 12:14.
|Jan 14, 2014||
In this debut episode, Fr. Michael begins a seven-part series on the warnings of Jesus.