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The Seeking Heart

The Seeking Heart
You Should Be Orthodox

Episode date: May 13, 2014
Transcript published: May 14, 2014

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Has anyone ever told you that you should be Orthodox? If not, let me be the first one. Yeah, you heard me right. You should be Orthodox. I say this because I’ve seen you around—young, Christian hipster—and I sympathize with the fact that your church is trying really hard to be relevant to you. They want to create an atmosphere in which you will feel comfortable and affirmed because, well, they’re afraid you will eventually become bored and just leave. From the outside it looks like your church is doing everything possible to make church seem not so much like… church. The narthex… lobby? Well, the…

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A Word from the Holy Fathers

A Word from the Holy Fathers
Abba Poemen the Great: On Softening the Hardest of Hearts

Episode date: October 25, 2013
Transcript published: May 13, 2014

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I should like this week to offer up a few sayings, three sayings, from our father among the saints, Poemen the Great, Abba Poemen of the desert. Last week, we looked at a few of the words of St. John the Dwarf of Egypt, and we carry on this theme of the desert fathers today with the words of St. Poemen, one of the greatest elders of the Christian desert, and one for whom we have a great multitude of sayings recorded in the collection of the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, the Apophthegmata Patrum.

Father Poemen was one of the great voices of that strange desert in the upper Thebaid. He was one of the voices of great humility and yet…

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A Word from the Holy Fathers

A Word from the Holy Fathers
From the Bone of Adam: St. Irenaeus on the Creation of Eve

Episode date: October 12, 2009
Transcript published: May 13, 2014

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I would like today to offer a brief word from the writings of our father among the saints, Irenaeus of Lyons, a father that I mentioned in the very first of our broadcasts in this series, nearly forty episodes ago. Today I would like to look specifically at St. Irenaeus’ words, not on the fashioning of man, but particularly the fashioning of woman, and the very nature of God creating a world in which man and woman comprise the human race.

The quotation I shall read is drawn from the shorter of the two extant texts by St. Irenaeus, the text known as The Proof of the Apostolic Preaching, or, at times, The Demonstration…

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A Word from the Holy Fathers

A Word from the Holy Fathers
St. John Chrysostom on the Charity of Fasting

Episode date: October 11, 2013
Transcript published: May 13, 2014

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Brothers and sisters, today a few brief words on fasting from our holy father among the saints, John Chrysostom. These are timely topics to be addressing today: fasting and asceticism. As in the new week, or in fact, later this week, those who follow the old calendar of the Orthodox Church will begin the fast leading to the Nativity of Christ. And for those who follow the new calendar, this fast is already underway. So, whichever calendar one follows by the blessing of one’s bishop, the fast is upon or nearly upon us.

But what is fasting? In the Orthodox Church, we fast regularly. Every week of the year, with few exceptions, have…

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A Word from the Holy Fathers

A Word from the Holy Fathers
“God Is There, Where the Understanding Does Not Reach”

Episode date: July 19, 2013
Transcript published: May 13, 2014

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Not so many weeks ago, we focused in these broadcasts on a passage from The Life of Moses by our Father among the Saints, Gregory of Nyssa.

For those who were listening, you may remember we looked at his text from the second part of that tract on emulating the fortuitous birth of Moses, himself, and how St. Gregory was able to describe Moses’ birth as a thing we are to echo through our choices—the giving birth that happens to our new selves with every choice we make in our life.

Well this week, I would like to return for a few moments to that important text, The Life of Moses. And I would like to…

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