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We Need to Be Forgiving

Episode date: January 02, 2011
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It can be difficult to forgive others when they’ve done something that hurts us. But St. Philotheos of Sinai reminds us that being forgiving is essential to our relationship with God:

Do we forgive our neighbors their trespasses? God also forgives us in His mercy. Do we refuse to forgive? God, too, will refuse to forgive us. As we treat our neighbors, so also does God treat us. The forgiveness, then, of your sins or unforgiveness, and hence also your salvation or destruction, depend on you yourself, man. For without forgiveness of sins there is no salvation. You can see for yourself how terrible it is.


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Baptism Gives Us Free Will

Episode date: January 03, 2011
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Some non-Christians think the Christian life consists of being a “robot” without any free will. St. Symeon the New Theologian, however, says that true free will is only possible for those who are baptized:

Baptism does not take away our free will or freedom of choice, but gives us the freedom no longer to be tyrannized by the devil unless we choose to be. After baptism it is in our power either to persist willingly in the practice of the commandments of Christ, into Whom we were baptized, and to advance in the path of His ordinances, or to deviate from this straight way and to fall again into the hands of our enemy, the…

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How to Overcome a “Hair-Trigger Temper”

Episode date: January 04, 2011
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Have you ever known someone who has a “hair-trigger temper?” It seems like anything at all can set that person off into an out-of-control rage.

St. John Climacus gives us the three stages of learning to control our anger:

The beginning of freedom from anger is silence of the lips when the heart is agitated; the middle is silence of the thoughts when there is a mere disturbance of soul; and the end is an imperturbable calm under the breath of unclean winds.

In the end, he says, “Freedom from anger is victory over nature and insensibility to insults, acquired by struggles and sweat.”


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Our Friends Influence Our Habits

Episode date: January 05, 2011
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When I was growing up I was often told what the Holy Apostle Paul says about the people around us, “Evil company corrupts good habits” (1 Corinthians 15:33). St. John of Karpathos gives us a similar warning when he says,

Never form a close friendship with someone who enjoys noisy and drunken feasts, or who likes telling dirty stories, even though he may have been a monk for many years. Do not let his filth defile you; do not fall under the influence of people who are unclean and uncircumcised in heart. We should be like the psalmist, who said, “I am a companion of all who fear You and keep Your commandments” (Psalm…

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A Goal for the New Year: Generosity

Episode date: January 06, 2011
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When people think of their New Year’s resolutions, they often think of things they need to stop doing: They need to go on a diet, quit smoking…things like that. But here’s something you can add to your life: imitating God by being generous with others.

St. John of Kronstadt says, “Look at all the earth supplies in summer and in autumn! Every Christian, especially the priest, ought to imitate God’s bountifulness. Let your table be open to everybody, like the table of the Lord.”

God has blessed us with many things: use the New Year to start sharing them with others.


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