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The Law of Miracles

Episode date: April 06, 2011
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During the periods before Nativity and Pascha we often see programs and stories explaining how the miraculous events depicted in the Bible couldn’t have happened.

But St. Nektarios of Aegina explains miracles like this:

Miracles are not impossible from a logical standpoint, and right reason does not deny them. Natural laws do not have the claim to be the only ones, nor are they threatened with being overturned by the appearance of other laws, supernatural ones, which also are conducive to the development and furtherance of creation…Miracles are a consequence of the Creator’s love for His creatures.


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The Essence of Orthodoxy

Episode date: April 07, 2011
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Fr. Justin Popovich asks,

What is the essence of Orthodoxy? It is the God-man Christ. Everything that is Orthodox has a divine-human character: knowledge, the senses, the will, the mind, morality, dogma, philosophy, and life. Divine humanity is the only category in which all the manifestations of Orthodoxy are received and fully operate…(God) is not the abstract God of deism, but rather the God of the most immediate historic reality, the God of revelation, the God who became man and lived within the categories of our human existence while appearing everywhere as absolute holiness, goodness, wisdom, justice and truth.


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Faith in the Modern World

Episode date: April 10, 2011
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Metropolitan Augoustinos of Florina tells us about signs of faith in a faithless world:

Amid all the coldness that transforms people’s hearts into snowballs, there are still sparks—burning coals and hearths of spiritual life in the modern world. Wherever a child stammers a quick prayer through innocent lips; wherever a boy or girl actively listens to catechetical lessons and sings joyous songs to the resurrected Lord…wherever there is a mighty battle against the dark powers…wherever there are holy pulsations; wherever hearts are warmed in reading the Scriptures—there are the sparks, the blazing coals, the spiritual…

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What Should I Wear?

Episode date: April 11, 2011
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People have always debated about what constitutes “appropriate dress,” and seldom have those debates been more fierce than they are right now, where it seems that the challenge is to create clothes using as little actual fabric as possible.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem describes what we should look for in our clothing when he says,

But let your apparel be plain, not for adornment, but for necessary covering: not to minister to your vanity, but to keep you warm in winter, and to hide the unseemliness of the body: lest under the pretense of hiding the unseemliness, you fall under another kind of unseemliness by your extravagant…

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How to See God

Episode date: April 12, 2011
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If we need to go somewhere we’ve never been, we need a guide—a map or another person to show us where to go. St. Gregory of Nyssa tells us we will only be able to see God if we follow a guide:

Seeing God means following Him wherever He might lead. Anyone who does not know the way cannot travel safely without following a guide. The guide shows him the way by walking ahead of him, and the one following will not get off the right path if he keeps constantly watching the back of the guide…Thus the Lord says to those who are being guided: You shall not see My face, or, in other words: Do not face your guide. For then you…

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