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You Hypocrite!

Episode date: March 21, 2011
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Whatever a person’s moral standards, there is one thing on which almost all people agree: we cannot stand hypocrisy.

St. John Climacus says, “Hypocrisy is the mother of lying, and often its occasion. For some define hypocrisy as none other than meditation on falsehood, and an inventor of falsehood which has a reprehensible oath intertwined with it.”

So how do we rid ourselves of the temptation toward hypocrisy? He answers, “He who has obtained the fear of the Lord has forsaken lying, having within himself an incorruptible judge—his own conscience.”


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Defending Your Honor

Episode date: March 31, 2011
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Most cultures have some kind of “honor system,” where a person’s personal reputation must be defended at all costs. But what if we understood true honor as being meekness in the face of insults?

St. John Chrysostom explains:

There is nothing stronger than meekness, nothing more powerful; it preserves our soul in quiet, and strives to lead it as into a harbor, and is the cause of every kind of satisfaction for us; and nothing else can give the soul repose and great quiet as well as meekness and humble mindedness.


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Memory

Episode date: April 03, 2011
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Most of us have done things which, while we know them to be sinful, we nonetheless really enjoyed at the time. Lorenzo Scupoli warns us to restrain ourselves from remembering these things:

Not to accept some temptation through one sense or another is easily managed; but it is very difficult to control the imagination and memory of it, once it is accepted…The enemy can play with your soul as with a ball, tossing your attention from one memory to another, stirring up desires and passions beneath them, and so keeping you always in a passionate state. Therefore I say to you: stay awake and, above all, watch imagination and…

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Mission at Home

Episode date: April 04, 2011
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Reverend Fathers, My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Before I begin this evening, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers of this event for extending me this invitation to speak to you all tonight: the Winnipeg Orthodox Clergy Association, the entire Community of St. Demetrios Winnipeg, the President and the Parish Council, the Philoptochos Society, and (last but not least) my very good friends Fr. Theodore and Presbytera Joanna Paraskevopoulos for their hospitality and Christian filia.

During my first visit to your city, I saw how beautiful and vibrant your city is. The Greek Orthodox Metropolis had…

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Lord, Have Mercy

Episode date: April 04, 2011
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St. John of Kronstadt explains what it means to pray, “Lord have mercy:”

You hear in church more often than anything the voices of the priests, deacons, readers and singers praying God to have mercy upon us. What does this signify? It signifies that all of us who are in God’s Temple are deserving, by our sins, of God’s punishment, and that before everything—on our coming into the church—we must remember that we are sinners, and have come to the Lord of Heaven and Earth, to our Creator and Benefactor, Whom we have daily and hourly angered by our iniquities, to ask for mercy, each one for himself, and also,…

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