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How to Get Faith in Prayer

Episode date: February 03, 2011
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We know that our faith is supposed to be built up through prayer, but it’s hard to know how this can happen. St. John of Kronstadt gives us one key—honesty:

If you wish that God should speedily give you hearty faith in prayer, strive with all your heart to speak and to do everything in regard to other people sincerely, and never be deceitful in your dealings with them. If you are straightforward and truthful with others, then God will give you straightforwardness and sincere faith also in reference to Himself.

The only way to grow in our faith in the God of Truth is to be true ourselves.


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I’m So Humiliated!

Episode date: February 06, 2011
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Most of us can remember a time when we were absolutely humiliated by a mistake we made or an embarrassing situation in which we found ourselves. In fact, if you’re like me, you’re mentally cringing even now as you think of that time. You may be surprised to know, then, that humiliation can serve a valuable function in your life.

St. John Climacus says, “A little fire softens a large piece of wax. So, too, a small indignity often softens, sweetens and wipes away suddenly all the fierceness, insensibility and hardness of our heart.”

So in the end, as painful as it is at the time, embarrassment can make you a better…

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True Humility

Episode date: February 07, 2011
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If you’ve ever heard a person brag about their their supposed humility, you might wonder: what is true humility? St. Gregory of Sinai says:

…true humility does not say humble words, nor does it assume humble looks, it does not force oneself either to think humbly of oneself, or to abuse oneself in self-belittlement. Although all such things are the beginning, the manifestations and the various aspects of humility, humility itself is grace, given from above. There are two kinds of humility, as the holy fathers teach: to deem oneself the lowest of all beings and to ascribe to God all one’s good actions. The first…

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What Icons Do

Episode date: February 08, 2011
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Many people appreciate the wonderful art of Orthodox iconography, but Constantine Cavarnos tells us that icons have seven spiritual functions:

(1) To enhance the beauty of a church with a beauty that has the impress of holiness.
(2) To instruct us in matters pertaining to the Orthodox Christian faith.
(3) To remind us of this teaching.
(4) To lift us up to the prototypes, to the holy personages whom the icons depict.
(5) To arouse us to imitate the virtues of these personages.
(6) To help transform us, to sanctify us.
(7) To serve as a means of worshipping God and venerating His saints.


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Knowledge and Ignorance

Episode date: February 09, 2011
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There are many great Orthodox resources we can read and to which we can listen, and many things we can—and even should—learn. But St. Peter of Damascus warns us that we need to be aware of what we truly know, and what we do not know:

As St. Maximos has said, ‘To think that one knows prevents one from advancing in knowledge.’ St. John Chrysostom points out that there is an ignorance which is praiseworthy: it consists in knowing consciously that one knows nothing. In addition, there is a form of ignorance that is worse than any other: not to know that one does not know. Similarly, there is a knowledge that is falsely…

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