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A Word from the Holy Fathers
The “Wonderful and Confessedly Striking” Christian Manner of Life
Episode date: May 19, 2009
For our reflection this week I would like to offer up for your consideration a passage from an anonymous letter dating to the early second century or just possibly, the late first. It is a passage that has become well known in its own right on account of its singular beauty and the power of its testimony. The author of the text is unknown though often he is given the name Mathetes this, in fact, simply means “disciple” or “student,” and we know the text simply as The Letter to Diognetus. It is found in the collections of the Apostolic Fathers, from whom we have been recently reading here.
The Opinionated Tailor
Abase and Abound
Episode date: May 23, 2009
Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”. This past week found me overjoyed at finding a fabric for which I had been searching almost two years. When I began making cassocks and vestments fifteen years ago, I pictured myself sitting happily at a sewing machine, stitching away, maybe saying the Jesus Prayer. Quiet, peaceful, meditative. What I did not imagine was myself on the phone ten hours a week, asking questions like, “But are you sure they’re real bullion tassels, not thread tassels?” or “What do you mean you are no longer producing black crepe satin!?”. I never…
Episode date: February 10, 2013
At that time, Jesus went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But Jesus did not answer her a word.
And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” Jesus answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs…
Episode date: February 10, 2013
One day, a woman from Canaan met Jesus. She begged Jesus to have mercy on her. She wanted Him to heal her daughter. Her daughter was being hurt by a demon. (Demons are bad spirits that try to keep people away from God.)Jesus did not answer the woman.
After a while, Jesus’ disciples begged Him to send the woman away. They did not like that she was bothering them. Jesus said, “I was only sent to help Israelites, not Canaanites.”
The woman heard what Jesus said and knelt down in front of Him. She asked again, “Lord, help me.”
Jesus said, “It would not be fair for me to do a miracle for a Canaanite when I am supposed…
Episode date: January 27, 2013
At that time, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Jesus, for he was to pass that way.
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully.
And when they saw it they all murmured, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who…