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Speaking the Truth

Speaking the Truth
Resisting Like St. Maximus

Episode date: February 05, 2014
Transcript published: February 11, 2014

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The month of January in the Orthodox Church calendar is filled with commemorations of saints, great saints who defended the doctrine of the Church and who defended the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in times when it was being massively rejected, and when there was a kind of a triumph of heresy and apostasy going on within the Church and within the Orthodox Church as well at that time… I mean, the men that we celebrate and think about and reflect on in January are Basil the Great and Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom. Then there are also St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Theophan the Recluse in the 19th century in Russia, Sava the…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
When People Won’t Forgive

Episode date: February 03, 2014
Transcript published: February 10, 2014

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When People Don’t Forgive

There are people who insist on holding on to resentment, often inventing situations in their minds that never happened, justifying their bad behavior, and putting the blame on others. They see themselves as the abused party, always quick to take offense. Rarely are they able to have healthy relationships, for they are in reality the abusers. Their world centers around them, and any attempt by others to appease them only contributes to the anti-social behavior of these people.

Such behavior betrays a deep spiritual and psychological illness, one that is not easily healed. Such people…

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Raising Saints

Raising Saints
Heaven and Hell

Episode date: January 24, 2013
Transcript published: February 06, 2014

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Welcome to Raising Saints. Today I thought we could take on a pretty big topic: heaven and hell. Most kids will eventually ask, “What happens when we die?” and we should be ready with answers. Especially if they’ve experienced the death of a beloved person, the question can be very urgent. “Where did he go? What’s happened to him?” Christ came to the earth to save us, to give us eternal life. Our faith centers on this idea of eternal life, a kind of life that continues past our earthly death, but what does that mean?

The truth is, the Orthodox understanding of the afterlife may not be what…

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Let My Prayer Arise

Let My Prayer Arise
Psalm 37

Episode date: December 17, 2010
Transcript published: February 06, 2014

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O Lord, rebuke me not in Thine anger, nor chasten me in Thy wrath.
For Thine arrows are fastened in me, and Thou hast laid Thy hand heavily upon me.
There is no healing in my flesh in the face of Thy wrath; and there is no peace in my bones in the face of my sins.
For mine iniquities are risen higher than my head; as a heavy burden have they pressed heavily upon me.
My bruises are become noisome and corrupt in the face of my folly.
I have been wretched and utterly bowed down until the end; all the day long I went with downcast face.
For my loins are filled with mockings, and there is no healing…

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Paradise and Utopia

Paradise and Utopia
Frankish Christendom and the Estrangement of East and West II

Episode date: January 24, 2014
Transcript published: February 05, 2014

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Welcome back. In the first segment of this episode, I introduced the Franks and the role they played in the transformation of Western Christendom during the eighth and ninth centuries. I discussed especially the role of Emperor Charlemagne, crowned by Pope Leo III famously on Christmas Day in the year 800 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and how Charlemagne sought to create a Christian society rivaling even that of Byzantium. As a matter of fact, Charlemagne, who had conquered large territories of pagan Germans in Saxony and other parts of western Europe, now saw himself as the legitimate successor to Roman emperors not only in the West…

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