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How to Overcome Hatred

Episode date: January 24, 2011
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There are few things more destructive than hatred—not only does it lead to violence, but it even does damage to our own physical, mental and spiritual health.

St. Maximos the Confessor tells us how to overcome hatred:

If you harbor rancor against anybody, pray for him and you will prevent the passion from being aroused; for by means of prayer you will separate your resentment from the thought of the wrong he has done you. When you have become loving and compassionate towards him, you will wipe the passion completely from your soul.


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Pay Attention to Your Heart

Episode date: January 26, 2011
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In the previous episode I quoted St. Isaac the Syrian, who tells us to look for God in our heart. St. Seraphim of Sarov further tells us to pay close attention to what is going on in our heart, and compare it to what we learn from the Church:

He who is traveling the path of heedfulness should not trust only his own heart, but should verify the workings of his heart and his life with the law of God and with the active life of ascetics of piety who have passed through such endeavor. By this means one may the more easily both save oneself from the evil one and more clearly behold the truth.


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Holy are You!

Episode date: January 27, 2011
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Listen to this exciting quote from St. Cyril of Jerusalem: “Holy are you!” Now pay attention to what he says about how we’re holy:

After this (in the Divine Liturgy) the Priest says, ‘Holy things to holy men.’ Holy are the gifts presented, having received the visitation of the Holy Spirit; holy are you also, having been deemed worthy of the Holy Spirit; the holy things therefore correspond to the holy persons. Then you say, ‘One is Holy, One is the Lord, Jesus Christ.’ For One is truly holy, by nature holy; we too are holy, but not by nature, only by participation, and discipline, and prayer.


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A Prayer for Great Lent

Episode date: March 13, 2011
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Here’s a prayer for Great Lent from St. Gregory the Dialogist:

O Almighty Lord, who hast made all created things in wisdom, and by Thine inexpressible providence and great goodness hast brought us to these all-holy days, for the purification of body and soul, for the controlling of carnal passions, and for the hope of the Resurrection…Enable us also, O Good One, to fight the good fight; to accomplish the course of the Fast; to preserve inviolate the Faith…to be accounted victors over sin; and uncondemned to attain unto and adore Thy Holy Resurrection. For blessed and glorified is Thine all-honorable and majestic Name:…

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The Food of Saints

Episode date: January 30, 2011
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St. Ambrose of Milan tells us that we are indescribably rich because we receive what he calls “the food of saints.” He says about Christ:

His poverty enriches, the fringe of His garment heals, His hunger satisfies, His death gives life, His burial gives resurrection. Therefore, He is a rich treasure, for His bread is rich. And ‘rich’ is apt for one who has eaten this bread will be unable to feel hunger. He gave it to the Apostles to distribute to a believing people, and today He gives it to us, for He, as a priest, daily consecrates it with His own words. Therefore, this bread has become the food of the saints.


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