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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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Speaking the Truth

Speaking the Truth
Pain and Suffering

Episode date: September 11, 2008
Transcript published: February 12, 2015

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Hardly a day passes when you don’t hear about another tragedy: a personal tragedy of some sickness or disease, or a personal tragedy of some kind of rift or rupture in people’s lives; sometimes on a grand scale, like this conflict between Russia and Georgia that we experienced this month, or the ongoing Iraq or the Afghanistan or the Palestine or Darfur—whatever it might be on the grandest, largest scales of almost staggering statistical suffering that you see. But that suffering is always the suffering of persons. We are speaking on Ancient Faith Radio, thinking about Alexander Solzhenitsyn. When you think of him, you think…

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From the Amvon

From the Amvon
What is the Significance of the Feast of the New Martyrs of Russia?

Episode date: February 09, 2015
Transcript published: February 12, 2015

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Particularly if you’re not from a Russian background, you might ask, “What is the significance of celebrating the new martyrs and confessors of Russia to us here today in Houston, Texas?” The answer to that question is found in one of the earliest accounts of the martyrs, actually the very earliest account of the martyrs outside of the New Testament: the martyrdom of Polycarp. It says, after it recounts how the hieromartyr Polycarp was martyred and then his body was burned because the unChristian or the unbelieving Jews that had rejected Christ incited…

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