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Lord, Give Me Strength!

Episode date: December 12, 2010
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I knew a person who, when she was particularly irritated, would say, “Lord, give me strength!” — she meant the strength to avoid losing her temper. Elder Antony of Optina says that this is a good prayer:

No matter what misfortune might befall you, no matter what unpleasantness might occur, say ‘I will endure this for Jesus Christ’s sake!’ Just say that, and you will feel better, for the Name of Jesus Christ is powerful. Before It, all difficulties abate, and demons disappear. Your annoyance and faintness of heart will abate when you repeat His most sweet Name.


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Slaying the Green-Eyed Monster

Episode date: December 13, 2010
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I recently needed to buy a car, and when I saw what people around me drove compared to what I could afford, I was struck by “the green-eyed monster” of jealousy.

St. Maximos the Confessor warns us that envy is what separates us from the love of friends, but he also gives advice for overcoming this emotion, “As for your own envy, you will be able to check it if you rejoice with the man whom you envy whenever he rejoices, and grieve whenever he grieves.”

Turning our thoughts to what is best for others will help us to slay “the green-eyed monster.”


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Taste and See

Episode date: December 14, 2010
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If you’re like me you love food—I like to cook, and I certainly like to eat good meals. But Lorenzo Scupoli gives us the secret for truly appreciating what we eat:

When you eat or drink, reflect that it is God, Who gives all food a taste which pleases us. So, delighting in Him alone, say: ‘Rejoice, O my soul, for, although you can find no satisfaction, delight or comfort in anything outside God, you can know Him and cleave to Him, and can find every delight in Him alone, as David invites, saying: ‘O taste and see that the Lord is good’’ (Psalm 34:8).


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You Can Live Forever

Episode date: December 15, 2010
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I am in my forties, and for the first time in my life I’m starting to, as the saying goes, “feel my age.” It’s therefore amazing to remember that, as Abba Epiphanios teaches, we can live forever:

We were created for eternal life by our Creator, we are called to it by the word of God, and we are renewed by holy Baptism. And Christ the Son of God came into the world for this, that He should call us and take us there, and He is the one thing needful. For this reason your very first endeavor and care should be to receive it.


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Share Orthodoxy with Others

Episode date: December 16, 2010
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There’s a saying that Orthodox Christianity is the “best-kept secret” in North America. But should our faith be so unknown to the people around us?

St. Romanos the Melodist tells us to imitate St. Photini, the Samartian woman, and share our faith:

You were not worthy of having what you possess and what you keep through the grace of the Giver. Do not hesitate, then, to distribute to those who ask, just as the woman of Samaria once shared. For having drawn from the well by herself, she shared with others what she received. No one asked her, and yet she gave to all ungrudgingly of her free gift.


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