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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Ghost Busting

Episode date: May 13, 2013
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A phrase common in English is “Doubting Thomas” and this has come to colour our understanding of the encounter between this Apostle and the Risen Lord.  Of course, doubt is part of the story.  St. Thomas must see to believe … he must have evidence.  Jesus readily agrees to his request but then comments that there is blessedness in believing without the need for such evidence. 

There is, however, I believe another dimension to St. Thomas’ response and this has nothing to do with doubt.  Not unreasonably St. Thomas needs to know that this really is Jesus whom he is seeing and no ghost.  The handling…

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All Saints Homilies

All Saints Homilies
The Transcendentals

Episode date: May 13, 2013
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St. Thomas Sunday 2013

It has for decades been my custom, as you know, to pace the Sunday sermon along a series of three points. Normally this is effected by a simple process of sequence, one-two-and-three.

This morning, however, the substance of the three points requires that I somewhat abandon this sequential pattern and speak of all three points in a circular motion, as it were. Today’s three points form, in fact, a kind of circumincession, where each subject is essential to the other two. Some of you may recognize that the very word, circumincession, derives from traditional and standard Triadology.

I want to consider…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Other Christians

Episode date: May 15, 2013
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What about non-Orthodox Christians?

Saint Silouan the Athonite was once traveling by train with an archimandrite who was a zealot and who was quick to correct others about the True Faith. Coming upon a group of traveling Roman Catholics, St. Silouan’s traveling companion proceeded to tell them that they must become Orthodox because their faith was without grace.

The saint asked him if it were indeed a fact that the Roman Catholics believed that Christ was true God, and that he was present in the Eucharist. The saint asked was it not true that these Catholics believed in the Trinity, and venerated the Holy Virgin and the…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
How to Support Your Priest

Episode date: May 26, 2013
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You can better help your priest and bishop by understanding this one thing: parish priests feel pressures that are found in no other profession. The type of man that generally is drawn into the holy priesthood is one who has a heart for serving others. Bishops and priests are often expected to do far more than is humanly possible. Bishops, as fathers to their people, are expected to be superhuman, judged if they are not.

Over the years I’ve heard terrible stories of parish priests having to cancel vacations at the last minute because of sudden deaths in their parishes, requiring them to cancel airline tickets, leaving both they…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Open Questions

Episode date: May 27, 2013
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On this Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing women we commemorate those women who were the first to encounter the Empty Tomb and the proclamation of the Risen Christ by the angel, namely: Mary Magdalene; Mary, the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary); Joanna; Salome (the mother of James and John); Mary the wife of Cleopas (or Alphaeus); and according to tradition three others—Susanna, Mary of Bethany and Martha of Bethany. We have here many women, who later became many witnesses for Christ.  The gospel appointed for today tells the story in St Mark’s account.

Now St Mark’s Gospel is largely the compilation of St Peter’s own witness to…

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