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Frederica Here and Now

Frederica Here and Now

Life After Delivery

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Frederica reads a brief story that someone from her parish passed along to her.

I wanted to read something that a member of my church sent me that I think is really very lovely and thoughtful, and I only wish I could give credit to the author. I don’t know who wrote this. It’s a story. The story begins:

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other, “Do you believe in life after delivery?”

And the other replies, “Well, of course! There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we’re…

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Roe v. Wade

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Frederica shares an essay that she wrote about abortion in America, which was published in the National Review Online.

This is an essay that I wrote that was published on National Review Online on January 22, 2016, the day of the March for Life, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

At the time of the Roe v. Wade decision, I was a college student—an anti-war, mother-earth, feminist, hippie college student. That particular…

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Universal Salvation

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Frederica discusses an article published by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware that distinguished praying that all will be saved from assuming that all will be saved.

I read a very helpful essay by Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware), in which he traced the careful path between assuming that everyone is going to be saved, which is called universal salvation, that ultimately everybody is going to end up in heaven—between assuming that and praying that all will be saved, praying with yearning, praying with tears, because (1 Tim. 2:4) “God desires that all may be saved and come to knowledge of the truth.” We pray for that,…

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Dealing with Depression

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Frederica shares some email advice that she gave to a person suffering from depression.

I get a lot of emails from people I don’t know. Many of them are asking questions about Orthodoxy or about something that they read in one of my books. But I also get a number of emails from people who are just looking for advice or looking for prayer or guidance. I feel honored that people write me with those sorts of questions, because I’m just a person; I’m not a priest or a monk or anything like that. I do try to pray about it and answer as best…

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Charleston

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Frederica heads home to Charleston, South Carolina, and visits the Emmanuel AME Church, the site of last week's tragic events.

I’m in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s my home town. I’m here on Calhoun Street, outside the Emanuel—“Mother Emanuel”—AME Church on Tuesday morning, June 23, just a few days after the slaughter that took place in the basement of this church where a young man came in and shot to death nine members of the church holding a Bible study, in hopes of starting a race war, which did not happen. There is a lot of justified pain among…

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Why Oppose Gay Marriage?

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Frederica discusses a controversy that erupted online over her comment on gay marriage, and concludes that it is time for Christians to stand together on this issue.

I’m recording this on Friday afternoon, April 3. This is Good Friday for Western Christians, and I’m trying to formulate some thoughts about what’s happened to me in the last couple of days. If you’ve been on the internet, you’ve probably seen something that kind of blew up. A few days ago, I had posted to my Facebook page a rather sarcastic and clever article opposing the gay rights, the gay marriage movement. I got a lot of angry people…

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Escalator

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Frederica encourages us to look for opportunities to grow spiritually by just allowing something to happen.

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…

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Women and Clothing

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Frederica argues that both men and women have a responsibility when it comes to impure thoughts in the male mind.

I’m going to record a series of shorter podcasts, not about any profound questions or issues, but really just practical things that I’ve thought about, that I thought, “Maybe this would be good to share.” The first is something that I said in a conversation with my husband, and he said, “Boy, that’s really interesting. You should make that a podcast.”

It was just that we were talking about the ways that women have to…

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Social Justice

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Frederica reflects on giving to the needy, countering the cultural beliefs that the poor have nothing to offer, that it is okay to be consumers and not producers, that we must despise the wealthy, and that charity must go through an established organization.

I wanted to say a few words today about social justice and serving the poor and those requirements that are laid upon us as Christians, mostly because I feel like the way I see that whole matter is so different from the popular way that it is viewed. I feel very much out of step with my times. So I’m going to venture out there with an opinion that may well be shocking for all I know.

Among the many things I’ve noted and that kind of bother me is,…

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Don’t Think About It

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Frederica reminds us that a passion begins to die when you don't think about it.

I’m happy to say that I’ve lost some weight. I lost about 15 pounds ever since the beginning of Great Lent, which is not a real headlong pace for losing weight. How many months is that now? They say it’s good; they say it’s good to lose it slowly, and you’re more likely to keep it off. There was something really different this time—because I’ve lost weight before: usually I keep most of it off, but then some comes back on.…

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