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Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

Episode date: January 16, 2011
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Psychologists have determined that developing an “attitude of gratitude” is a key to true happiness. St. John the Solitary gives us a method for truly thanking God each day for all the blessings we receive:

When evening comes, collect your thoughts and ponder over the entire course of the day: observe God’s providential care for you; consider the grace He has wrought in you throughout the whole span of the day; consider the rising of the moon, the joy of daylight, all the hours and moments, the divisions of time…When you have pondered on all this, wonder of God’s love toward you will well up within you,…

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Grief Over Sins Leads to Comfort

Episode date: January 17, 2011
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St. Gregory Palamas tells us that grieving over our sins can lead to our being comforted:

Do you see what grief arises in a humble soul and the consolation that ensues: indeed, self-reproach on its own, when lying for a protracted time upon the soul’s thoughts like some intellectual weight, crushes and presses and squeezes out the saving wine that gladdens the heart of man, that is to say, our inner self. This wine is compunction. Together with grief compunction crushes the passions and, having freed the soul from the weight that oppresses it, fills it with blessed joy. That is the reason why Christ says, ‘Blessed…

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If I Were a Rich Man… Dadadadada….

Episode date: January 17, 2011
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It came down to the wire. I was supposed to leave for St. Michael’s to insulate and sheetrock the Abbot’s cell, but with Christmas, all of our kids and the grandchild staying with us for the holidays, the youngest’s 18th birthday bash, and a new daughter-in-law to be to celebrate, our finances got stretched thinner than angel hair pasta.  Fortunately, I picked up a couple last minute jobs that I could collect a daily check so I could afford to buy some winter clothes, pay for gas to get to the Monastery and leave a few dollars for the Wifey to buy groceries and electricity while I was gone.  I should have had my truck checked…

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Holy Communion and Your Guardian Angel

Episode date: January 18, 2011
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One thing you’ll never see in movies or on TV is angels motivating people to receive the Mystery of Holy Communion. But St. Isaac the Syrian tells us this is particularly important to the angels:

…the priest offers up the sacrifice of the Body of Him Who gives us life, and the Holy Spirit descends and consecrates the Body and Blood and grants remission to creation. The Cherubim, the Seraphim, and the angels stand with great awe, fear, and joy. They rejoice over the Holy Mysteries while experiencing inexpressible astonishment. The angel who is always by us is consoled, because he also partakes in that dread spectacle and…

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Too Slick for Our Own Good

Episode date: January 19, 2011
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Our culture has a certain fondness for the slick hustler who can “pull one over” on others. St. John Climacus, however, warns us of the terrible damage we do to ourselves when we fool others:

Guile is a perversion of honesty, a deluded way of thinking, a lying disposition, false oaths, ambiguous words, a dark secrecy of heart, an abyss of cunning, deceit that has become habit, conceit turned into nature, a foe to humility, a pretense of repentance, an estrangement from mourning, hostility to confession, a teacher of willfulness, a cause of falls…diabolical life.


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