With this podcast, Fr. Stephen begins a series in which he looks at the reality of shame and its place in our emotional and spiritual lives. He introduces us to the teaching of the Elder Sophrony that we must learn to "bear a little shame."
Beginning with this podcast and a number following it, I want to touch on the topic of shame. I’m not going to try to do a systematic treatment, but I’m going to be discussing it from a variety of angles. I wanted to begin, though, by giving something of a small definition of shame. This is something of a clinical definition, drawn from the works of psychologists, but it’s also very much in line with the tradition of the faith.