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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Prayer of the Heart

Episode date: February 18, 2013
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The Jesus Prayer, also known as the Prayer of the Heart, is the central prayer for monastics. One of the early desert fathers, Saint Macarius the Great, said of the phrase from the Psalms, “The meditation of my heart is in your sight,” “There is no other perfect meditation than the saving and blessed Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ dwelling without interruption in you, as it is written ‘I will cry out like a swallow and I will meditate like the turtledove!’ This is what is done by the devout (person) who perseveres in invoking the saving Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The profound simplicity of the…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Get Up Again

Episode date: February 19, 2013
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It is often the case that we fail to keep God’s commandments and find ourselves despondent, unable to make progress in the battle over our sins. The same sins seem to constantly plague us. Despondency is our enemy, for it is the tool the demons use to keep us distracted from the goal. They want us to give up the battle.

Holiness does not come easily but requires true struggle. When you fall, get up again. If you fall again, get up again, ever keeping your eyes on God Who will help you overcome your sins. Pray for God’s help each time you start anew, even if you start a hundred times in a given day. Progress towards holiness…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Don’t Bury Your Gift

Episode date: February 21, 2013
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This parable teaches us that we should not under any circumstances neglect or hide the gifts that God has given us. Mostly, people are fearful of sinning by doing something wrong. Here the sin is to neglect to do what is right.
The poet John Milton was fascinated by this parable and referred to it in a number of his works. In his sonnet: “On his blindness” he writes as follows:-
“When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent, which is death to hide,
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Embraced By Love

Episode date: March 08, 2013
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Over 1700 years ago an infant lay sleeping in a cradle. A small swarm of bees settled on his face much to the great alarm of his parents nearby. However, the swarm rapidly dispersed and the baby’s father, hastening to the cot, found his child unharmed - but with drops of honey on his face. His parents took this to mean that the child would be honey-mouthed and speak sweet words of wisdom. The child’s name was Ambrose.

In adult life Ambrose became a highly respected civil servant and, notably, a pious, honest and good man. As was fairly common in that day a Christian might not be baptised until much later in life. Thus we encounter…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Choices Matter

Episode date: March 15, 2013
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There is a story I once heard of a young man who came home from University for a holiday. He asked his younger brother how things were, and was told everyone was fine although they were a bit concerned about Granny. “She is reading the Bible a lot just lately,” said the younger brother.  “Ah” said the student “I expect she is cramming for her finals”.

Any teacher will tell you that a good student does not leave study until the last minute.  Examinations are scary, we all know that.  The idea of judgement is worse. Western artists have produced some terrifying images and music about the Last judgement. A search…

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