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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
The Spirit Descends and Remains

Episode date: January 07, 2015
Transcript published: February 04, 2015

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One of the famous sayings to come from the tragedy of the Russian revolution was that religion was the opiate of the people. The Communist revolutionaries were convinced that the religion of the Russian people [was] keeping them slaves to the ruling class, the bourgoise, and they wanted to destroy everything that kept the people down. This was a natural outgrowth of that so-called Enlightenment that produced our current modernity: religion was the enemy. Well—and I don’t want to shock you—it turns out the Communists were right. What!? Yeah, religion really is the opiate of the people. In fact, Orthodoxy, the Orthodox Christian…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
It Is Fitting

Episode date: January 06, 2015
Transcript published: February 04, 2015

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I failed my first driving test. Yep, when I went in to get my driver’s license when I was 16 years old, I failed the one last remaining rite of passage into the world as a male adult. Talk about embarrassing! The person who had gone with me had already passed their test, and they had to drive me home. Oh, the shame! Well, while I did finally pass my driving test, all of us come to moments in our lives that turn out to be crossroads in our future. Many times, we can see these moments coming, like a marriage proposal or that first purchase of our home or a career advancement, but some, maybe even many of these moments sneak up on us and…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
Knowing Yourself

Episode date: January 04, 2015
Transcript published: February 04, 2015

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Gnōthi seavton: that means “Know yourself.” With these two words, ancient philosophers and Christian theologians have wrestled with a fundamental reality: we humans spend a lot of time either hiding from ourselves or narcissistically focused on a false view of ourselves, but true knowledge of who we really are is fundamental to being who we really are. My bishop is fond of asking us to pray for him, that he will constantly know himself and not lose himself. Isn’t that wonderful, all at once humble and yet profound? Well, this reality is so absolutely essential to any hope of spiritual maturity and wholeness that…

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Speaking the Truth

Speaking the Truth
Archbishop Fenelon and Great Lent

Episode date: March 20, 2014
Transcript published: February 04, 2015

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There is a spiritual writer in Western Christianity, in the Roman Catholic Church, that I really, really love and really appreciate his teaching. His name, full name, was François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon: F-e-n-e-l-o-n. This Archbishop Fénelon was born in 1651 and died in 1715, and he was persecuted by the archbishop of Paris in France, and he was denounced as a heretical writer. A case was made against him by the Vatican. It seems like the pope himself at the time was highly respectful of him, but still he was compelled by Louis XIV and this other Archbishop Bossuet in Paris, and he was confined to his diocese. He was accused of…

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The Arena

The Arena
What Jesus Wants from Us

Episode date: January 29, 2015
Transcript published: February 03, 2015

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: one God. [Amen.]

I greet you all, brothers and sisters, on this Lord’s day, on this day of the Resurrection—thank you, Fr. Peter; what a delight to be with you and to serve at the holy table here in this magnificent church and this wonderful shrine of St. John. This Sunday you should hear in your mind a bell tolling, because this is the Sunday of Zacchaeus. For those of you who only speak English, you could have heard it. It was the second gospel reading; it was done in Slavonic. It was the story of the Lord Jesus coming into Jericho and meeting Zacchaeus. This…

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