Praying in the Rain

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

Start date: January 2014 14 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, 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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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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18:54
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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."

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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.

9:06
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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.

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