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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
A Healthy Soul Is One That Seeks Out Silence

Episode date: December 09, 2011
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A healthy soul is one that seeks out silence. We are addicted to noise. We find it impossible to drive our vehicles without the radio on or a CD playing. Our televisions are running from the moment we return from work. We run with earphones filling our minds with music. We even walk with friends while listening to our own music. 

We live as though we are afraid of silence. As little children who have to sleep with a nightlight on, our reasons for filling our hours with noise are varied. Some find silence disturbing and a reminder that they are alone. Others use noise as a way of keeping out the sounds of the city or the voices…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Bodily Suffering

Episode date: December 26, 2011
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Elder Ambrose of Optina Monastery said:

We should not forget that in our age of sophistication, even little children are spiritually harmed by what they see and hear. As a result, purification is required and this is only accomplished through bodily suffering. You must understand that paradisal bliss is granted to no one without suffering.  A person has salvation, not only by his good deeds, but also by his patient suffering of various griefs, illnesses, misfortunes and failures (Luke 16:19-31, Mark 8:31-38, Romans 6:3-11, Hebrews 12:1-3).

Jesus Christ gives us the power which is needed for…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Pets as Gifts from God

Episode date: December 28, 2011
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Pets as Gifts from God

Every evening I try to spend an hour or so in the library, sitting in front of the fire place. Our beloved Norwegian Forest Cat, Hammi, sleeps in the library/community room every night. Hammi is as happy as he can be when the entire monastic brotherhood is gathered together with him. He’s an important member of our community, loved by all of us, and the only cat I know who has his own Facebook fan page, started by a woman who met him on a pilgrimage to the monastery (if memory is correct).

The first time met Hammi, a large male cat, [was] as I was walking between our old trailer house (now gone) and…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
January 1, 2012: Luke 2:20-21; 40-52, Read for Older Children

Episode date: January 01, 2012
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Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
January 1, 2012: Luke 2:20-21, 40-52, Told for Younger Children

Episode date: January 01, 2012
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After they saw the baby Jesus, the shepherds went back, praising God for all that they had seen. And then, when Jesus was eight days old, His parents named Him Jesus, just like the angel had told them to do.
As time went by, Jesus grew and grew. His spirit was strong. He was very wise, and full of God’s grace.
Every year, His parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. The year that Jesus was 12, they all went together. When the feast days were over, they started back towards home. Jesus’ parents did not know it, but Jesus stayed in Jerusalem, as they left. They did not know that He was not with them until a whole…

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