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The Life of Faith

The Life of Faith
Marriage, Celibacy, and Monasticism

Episode date: May 08, 2014
Transcript published: February 28, 2015

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Generally speaking, there are two ways of life in the Orthodox Church that are considered to be blessed: marriage and monasticism. The two of them are often considered to be opposite extremes, but they do have a great deal in common. Both involve life within a community, either the marital community, the family, or the monastic community; both involve a sacrifice of the will, obedience to others; and both are paths to holiness, and indeed both are callings. Unfortunately there is a tendency to think only of the latter, of monasticism, as a calling, a special vocation, while marriage is considered to be simply to be a normal or default position.


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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
The Doors, the Doors

Episode date: August 07, 2014
Transcript published: February 27, 2015

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We express Orthodox mission incarnationally. When the people you’re reaching out to, particularly when they are poor, you really have to get out of your head. You have to start with the body as St James says in his epistle, “if someone comes to you and says I’m hungry or I am cold, don’t say to them ‘God bless you’ or ‘the Lord loves you’. But begin by feeding them and clothing them.”

And this is what I mean by incarnationally.

You have to start with the body.

How do you welcome a person who is cold, hungry, anxious, angry, afraid? How does practical Orthodox theology…

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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
Learning to Listen

Episode date: January 13, 2015
Transcript published: February 26, 2015

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The mission is the only place that is open in the city of Toronto for the homeless during the winter months at five o’clock in the morning. Dedicated staff and volunteers come here sometimes as early as four o’clock am to prepare the breakfast.

That morning I was able to spend some extra time at the breakfast program. And wandered from table to table speaking to some of the people who had come in.

I noticed that there was a man sitting by himself in the corner reading a newspaper and I went and say beside him. And he did not even acknowledge my presence. I hugged my cup of coffee, sipped it and hoped that he would…

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Frederica Here and Now

Frederica Here and Now
Escalator

Episode date: December 05, 2012
Transcript published: February 24, 2015

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A friend of mine was talking to me the other day and complaining about something that bugged her. She has been Orthodox for a few years now, but she did not come into liturgical practice and seriousness about prayer and so forth only when she became Orthodox. Although she was in a Protestant church, it was a highly liturgical church, and she had done a lot of reading and studying and had a lot of experience with deep forms of prayer and with great mystics and spiritual writers of the western church of Europe. This was not new to her.

So she was in a discussion with some other Orthodox people and one of them said, “Oh, those coverts…

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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
More Lessons from the Wall

Episode date: February 16, 2015
Transcript published: February 23, 2015

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If you were to go into the office on the main floor of the mission, one of the first things you would notice is that one wall is covered with photographs.  I spoke of this wall in Corina’s story, but this wall is more than the story of one person, it is in some ways, the story of the Mission itself.  As I mentioned before, these are the photographs of those who no longer alive, but still part of the community here.  The photographs span almost thirty years of mission life.  Thirty years — no great time in human history, but a descent time in a human life never the less.

One question we are always asking…

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