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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
How to Curb Division in the Church

Episode date: April 03, 2013
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Refrain from a life of the Super Correct.

Driven by fear, there are people who leave the Church and head into schism. In Greece there are at least eighteen “Old Calendar” Orthodox churches who claim to be the Church, not recognizing each other as canonical. In the United States there are nearly the same numbers, some Slavic and others of Greek origin. They are all filled with prideful people, thinking of themselves as the only remnant of Christ’s Church. These people practice a form of Christianity that is filled with self-righteous rigidity, totally lacking in humility.

Walling themselves off from world…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
To Be Enlightened

Episode date: April 05, 2013
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On this Sunday in Great Lent we commemorate St. Gregory Palamas.  His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos observes of the saint in the English edition of the Philokalia, “his (St. Gregory Palamas’) successful defence of the divine and uncreated character of the Light of Tabor… is seen as a direct continuation of the preceding celebration, as nothing less than a renewed Triumph of Orthodoxy.”  The uncreated nature of the Light of God, transforming responsive souls and bodies and indeed creation itself, is fundamental to an Orthodox understanding of salvation. 

The Light is termed ‘Uncreated’ because…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
The Repentance of the Righteous Job

Episode date: April 06, 2013
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The story of righteous Job is an amazingly insightful account of repentance offered by a man who, ostensibly, had no need of repentance.  He starts off in the story as a man righteous before God and richly blessed, but almost as soon as we are introduced to him in the first two chapters, his world collapses.  The instigator of his misery is Satan, the devil.  The devil is an old cynic of course.  He believes in sin too much because that is all he knows and he thinks therefore that all humans are tarred with the same brush.  So, he comes before God and hatches his little plot to undermine Job’s faith.  This is…

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Ancient Faith Commentaries

Ancient Faith Commentaries
The Arrow That Flies

Episode date: April 16, 2013
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At this time, we are still reeling from incoming news of the bomb blasts that went off at the Boston Marathon.  News footage of twin explosions that went off within seconds of each other, reports of shattering glass, of individuals killed outright and many others injured and maimed, including young children, all combine to pummel the heart and reduce us to a state of shock.  Though the President of the United States did not use the words “terrorist act” in his initial statement to the press, others from his office did later confirm that this is being treated as an act of terror, given that the explosions seemed to have been coordinated. …

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Venerating the Cross of Christ

Episode date: April 19, 2013
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On this third Sunday of Great Lent, we are asked to venerate the cross of Christ, that is, to show our great respect and our deep awe for the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. What does that mean? How do we venerate the cross of Christ?

The reading today from the book of Hebrews, Chapter 4, Verses 15 and 16, explains that Christ sympathises with “our weaknesses”; and it is the reality that Christ first accepts us that can give each of us the courage to then accept Him. It is because of Christ’s acceptance of us with all our weaknesses that we are urged: “Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace,…

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