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A Word from the Holy Fathers

A Word from the Holy Fathers
Rising in Repentance

Episode date: March 01, 2009
Transcript published: May 13, 2014

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In this season of the Great Fast, it is good for us to seek out those Fathers whose writings stir the heart to true and genuine repentance, which is the very focus of our work and mission during this preparation for Holy Pascha. In this light, I would like to offer in this broadcast two passages on genuine repentance: one of St. John of Karpathos, writing in perhaps the seventh century, and the other from St. Ambrose of Milan, writing from Christian Africa in the fourth. Each Father, I think, offers us a useful insight into the nature of real repentance as well as practical guidance on how we can work to bring it about in our own lives.


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A Word from the Holy Fathers

A Word from the Holy Fathers
Shall We Forgive? The Fathers on Forgiveness as the Gateway to Salvation

Episode date: February 22, 2009
Transcript published: May 13, 2014

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He who would be reconciled to God and have peace with God must first be reconciled with his neighbor.

That short passage from St. Tikhon of Zadonsk is a fitting way to begin our reflections here in the week that will culminate in a Sunday committed to forgiveness and our entry into the Great Fast. Forgiveness, according to the Fathers, is the gateway into the life of repentance, and therefore to the kingdom of God. Forgiveness is the beginning and the necessary beginning for all true spiritual endeavors which will bring us closer to a loving God who himself is marked out by his forgiveness of our many transgressions.…

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Ancient Faith Commentaries

Ancient Faith Commentaries
Why Sola Scriptura Doesn’t Work

Episode date: March 18, 2014
Transcript published: May 13, 2014

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Orthodox Christians do not hold to the Reformation principle of sola scriptura. Instead, we view the scriptures as the pinnacle or summit of Holy Tradition, neither separating the two as wholly distinct nor eliminating one or the other. The reason for this is simple. The scriptures are witness to Divine Revelation given from God to mankind, and specially to God’s holy people, first Israel and now the Catholic Church. Holy Tradition refers to the totality of this Divine Revelation, and includes our liturgical hymns and prayers and services, the lives of the saints, the writings of our Fathers, the decrees and canons of the ecumenical…

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The Life of Faith

The Life of Faith
Sin and Morality: Part Two

Episode date: April 24, 2014
Transcript published: May 04, 2014

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In my previous podcast, we introduced the subject of sin and holiness, which is what we are going to carry on with today. In the last podcast, I dealt mainly with one passion and one virtue: the passion of pride and the virtue of humility. I pointed out that the passion of pride is really the sin that makes us most like the devil, and the virtue of humility is the virtue which makes us most like God. Also, these two things, pride and humility, are often the root of other passions and virtues. Pride often leads to many other kinds of sin, and humility is what…

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The Life of Faith

The Life of Faith
Sin and Morality: Part One

Episode date: April 11, 2014
Transcript published: April 24, 2014

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In Orthodox Christianity, there is no morality, and I know it shocks many people when I say that, but I say it for a good reason: because morality is not really a theological but a philosophical idea. Morality is commonly understood as a sense of right and wrong, and I think to a certain extent everyone has that sense of right and wrong, regardless of cultures or religions or times in which we live. I don’t think anyone has ever considered selfishness or cowardice to be something good. People do not consider it a good thing to be horrible to people who are good to you, whatever your religious belief and whatever age you live in, whichever…

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