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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
December 25, 2011: Matthew 2:1-2, Read for Older Children

Episode date: December 19, 2011
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When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.”
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
December 25, 2011: Matthew 2:1-2, Told for Younger Children

Episode date: December 19, 2011
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When our Lord Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Herod was the king. He ruled from Jerusalem. One day, wise men came to Jerusalem from the East. They asked “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw a star in the East that means he was born, and we came so that we can worship him.”
When Herod the king heard about this, it bothered him. He was the king, and didn’t want anyone else to be. He called together many smart people: the chief priests, who were in charge of the temple, and the scribes, who knew how to write and read. He asked them where the Christ (the savior) was supposed to be born.
The smart people told Herod…

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Real Life Minute

Real Life Minute
Use Discernment

Episode date: December 02, 2010
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When you were young and made a bad choice, the adults in your life probably told you to use discernment next time. This raises the question: what is true discernment? St. John Climacus answers,

Discernment in beginners is true knowledge of themselves; in intermediate souls, it is a spiritual sense that faultlessly distinguishes what is truly good from what is of nature and opposed to it; and in the perfect, it is the knowledge which they have within by Divine illumination, and which can enlighten with its lamp what is dark in others.


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Real Life Minute
Do You Discriminate?

Episode date: December 05, 2010
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Do you discriminate? Before you answer, “Of course not,” know that I’m not talking about bigotry, but discriminating between good and evil.

Here’s what St. Diadokos of Photiki says:

The light of true knowledge is the power to discriminate without error between good and evil. Then the path of righteousness leads the intellect upward towards the Sun of Righteousness and brings it into the boundless illumination of spiritual knowledge, so that henceforward it will grow more and more confident in its quest for love.

So you see, the full Christian life requires true discrimination.


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Avoid Distractions in Prayer

Episode date: December 06, 2010
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Here’s what it’s often like when I pray:  “Our Father…” did I respond to that email? “Who art in…” I’m hungry, what should I have for lunch?

People like me need to remember what St. Theophan the Recluse says:

If the practice of prayer is to proceed successfully, it is always essential at the outset to lay everything else aside, so that the heart is completely free of distraction. Nothing should obtrude on the mind: neither face, nor activity, nor object. At such a time all is to be driven out.


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