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It’s Time to Get Up!

Episode date: March 02, 2011
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What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? St. Simeon of Thessalonica says we should first think of Christ:

All Christians, clergy, laity and monks, when rising from sleep must first think of and remember Christ. They must offer this remembrance to Christ as a sacrifice and first-fruits of every thought (Hebrews 13:15). For we must remember, before every thought, Christ Who saved us and has loved us so greatly, for we are, and are called, ‘Christians’…Wherefore, let everyone devote time, according to his ability, and have a certain amount of this prayer as an obligation.


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Think Always of God

Episode date: March 03, 2011
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The Christian life should always be focused on God. I love this story about the focus Abba John the Dwarf had:

A camel driver came one day to pick up some goods and take them elsewhere. Going inside to bring him what he had woven, Abba John forgot about it because his spirit was fixed in God. So once more the camel driver disturbed him by knocking on the door and once more Abba John went in and forgot. The camel driver knocked a third time and Abba John went in saying, ‘Weaving - camel; weaving - camel.’ He said this so that he would not forget again.

You must admire this level of dedication to God.


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Look with a Pure Eye

Episode date: March 07, 2011
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If you pay any attention to what passes for political or cultural discourse, you’ll notice that it generally consists of thinking as badly of others as possible, and expressing your disgust as pointedly as possible.

This is the exact opposite of what St. Makarios the Great exhorts us to do:

Christians should judge no one, neither an open harlot, nor sinners, nor dissolute people, but should look upon all with simplicity of soul and a pure eye. Purity of heart, indeed, consists in seeing sinful and weak men and having compassion for them and being merciful.


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What Have You Done for Christ?

Episode date: March 08, 2011
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President John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” St. Ephrem the Syrian says something similar about Christ:

On that dreadful and amazing day, You shall say to us sinners, O Lord: ‘You men know well what I have undergone for you; what have you suffered for Me?’...The martyrs will point to their wounds, their sufferings, the severed parts of their bodies…The ascetics will point to their asceticism, to their long fasts and vigils, to their liberality…But I, idle, sinful, transgressing as I am, what shall I be able to…

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The Kingdom of God

Episode date: March 09, 2011
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We often hear about the kingdom of God, but what exactly is it?

Blessed Theophylact answers:

When a man’s disposition and way of life are like that of an angel, most assuredly this is the kingdom of God. For God indeed is said to rule as King when nothing worldly meddles in the governing of our souls and when in every respect we live not of this world. This manner of life we have within us, that is to say, we have it within us when we desire and will it. We do not need to wait a long time, or until our departure from this life; instead, faith and a God-pleasing life which accompanies faith are very near us.


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