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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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If You Know It, Do It

Episode date: March 10, 2011
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You might have heard there’s a difference between theoretical knowledge and applied knowledge. This might be the case in intellectual studies, but it’s not the case in the Orthodox Christian life.

St. John of Karpathos says:

Some hold that the practice of the virtues constitutes the truest form of spiritual knowledge. In that case, we should make every effort to manifest our faith and knowledge throughout our actions. Whoever trusts blindly to knowledge alone should call to mind the words, ‘They claim to know God, but in their actions they deny Him’ (Titus 1:16).


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Overcoming Listlessness

Episode date: March 15, 2011
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Most of us have experienced days where we don’t want to do anything—even get out of bed. Sometimes we truly need physical rest, but other times we’re simply listless or sluggish.

St. Symeon the New Theologian puts listlessness into its spiritual context when he says:

I have known the demon of cowardice to fight and work together with that of listlessness. One comes to the aid of the other and reinforces him. The first brings fear and obduracy into the soul, the second produces darkness, negligence, blindness of heart and mind, and finally despair. Listlessness is a real trial for all those engaged in the spiritual…

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Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Episode date: March 16, 2011
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Among the things for which we ask in the Lord’s Prayer is, “Lead us not into temptation.” St. Benedict of Nursia tells us we’ll never overcome temptation without God’s help:

These words, brothers, are warning enough that we should be on our guard. We must therefore beg the Lord with many sighs, striking our hearts as well as our breasts, never to leave us His servants without His help…by the protection of His assistance, to surround us with the wall of His grace and by His defense ward off the incursion of temptation in us, so as not to permit the work of His hands to be taken captive and subjected to slavery…

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