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Humanity’s Great Honor

Episode date: March 23, 2011
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St. Gregory Palamas tells us about the great honor that God has given to humanity:

So great was the honor and providential care which God bestowed upon man that He brought the entire sensible world into being before him and for his sake. The kingdom of heaven was prepared for him from the foundation of the world; God first took counsel concerning him, and then he was fashioned by God’s hand and according to the image of God…man’s soul He took from things super celestial or, rather, it came from God Himself when mysteriously He breathed life into man.


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The Foundation for a Happy Marriage

Episode date: March 24, 2011
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You can find countless books—and daytime television programs—dedicated to marital topics, but St. Tikhon of Zadonsk gives us the foundation for a happy marriage:

The husband and wife must lay virtue, and not passion, as the foundation of their love, that is, when the husband sees any fault in his wife, he must nudge her meekly, and the wife must submit to her husband in this. Likewise when a wife sees some fault in her husband, she must exhort him, and he is obliged to hear her. In this manner their love will be faithful and unbroken, and thereby having mutually composed their happiness, they shall take pleasure in the…

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Laypeople Can Be Saints

Episode date: March 27, 2011
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Some people think only bishops, clergy and monastics can become saints. This idea is a serious mistake, as St. Niphon tells us:

Whoever says that it is impossible to be saved with a wife and children is a deceiver. Abraham had a wife and children and three hundred and eighteen servants, and also much gold and silver, and he was called the friend of God! Many servants of the Church have been saved, and many lovers of the desert; many aristocrats, and many soldiers; many craftsmen, and many farm laborers. Be devout towards God and loving towards men, and you will be saved.

In the end, whatever our circumstances,…

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Are You a Martyr?

Episode date: March 28, 2011
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Christians have a special veneration for those who’ve suffered and died for the faith, but Venerable Bede tells us that martyrdom isn’t limited to such specific suffering:

We too, beloved brothers, even if…we do not put up with chains, beatings, prison, other bodily punishments, persecution at the hands of our fellow human beings for righteousness’ sake, nevertheless we are capable of receiving the Savior’s chalice and obtaining the palm of martyrdom if we take care to chastise our bodies and subdue them; if we accustom ourselves to supplicating the Lord in the spirit of humility and with a contrite heart…if…

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The Most Toys

Episode date: March 29, 2011
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“He who dies with the most toys wins!” That bumper sticker slogan sums up our culture’s emphasis on getting more and more stuff.

But St. John Chrysostom contrasts this with the angels when he says, “Do not the angels differs from us in this respect, that they do not want so many things as we do? Therefore the less we need, the more we are on our way to them; the more we need, the more we sink down to this perishable life.”

This is why Elder Amphilochios of Patmos says, “Don’t ever pay attention to anything earthly and unstable. Strive for the union of your soul with God.”


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