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Becoming a Healing Presence

Becoming a Healing Presence

What is Sanity?

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Dr. Rossi addresses the question, "What is Sanity?" He interviews Alexis, an Orthodox Christian living with schizophrenia.

I’d like to make a podcast on one of my very favorite questions: What is sanity? Sanity, sanity, sanity. In the popular mind today, especially in the political arena and the public place, sanity is often defined as accomplishment or mental power, and almost always just limited to the head, to rationality, to reasoned thought. I would submit that my own definition of sanity is that it’s an energy within us (the mind) which guides the heart to make decisions…

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East Meets East - The Indian Orthodox

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Dr. Rossi interviews a young seminarian at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary about the Indian Orthodox Church. We also hear some examples of Indian Orthodox chant.

Dr. Albert Rossi: So, today, for this podcast, which many of you—I know that many of you listeners are Orthodox, and non-Orthodox, and some non-Christians—so today I would like to deal with the topic of the Indian Orthodox Church. I’m sitting here with [an] Indian Orthodox student, Malankara student, here at St. Vladimir’s, on Education Day, where the topic is fascinatingly “East Meets East.” I was just talking…

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Fr. Alexander Atty - Joy in Suffering

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Dr. Rossi visits with Fr. Alexander Atty at Antiochian Village and discusses Fr. Alexander's cancer diagnosis and how he has dealt with it.

Part two of the interview.

Dr. Albert Rossi: For today, I have the great honor and privilege of interviewing a friend of mine of long standing, Fr. Alexander Atty. Fr. Alexander Atty was Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary for about three years and pastor of St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Parish in Louisville, Kentucky, for many, many years, and he and I go back years and years and years and years and years. I once gave a retreat for him in Louisville about ten years…

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Gentleness as a Mindset

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In an often harsh world, a gentle spirit is a reflection of the life of Christ within us.

Today I will say a few words about gentleness as a mindset, and I’ll begin where we always begin, with the Person Jesus Christ, who tells us that he is the Way, and then what the Way is like. He said, “Learn of me, for I am meek”—and that’s often translated as “gentle”—“and humble.” That’s our call. St. Seraphim of Sarov puts it in wonderful perspective. He says:

You cannot be too…

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Evangelism

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Dr. Rossi reflects on what is means to evangelize from an Orthodox perspective.

Today I’d like to deal with the topic of evangelism, evangelization, and what that is all about because it’s a really good question. It’s biblical, “Go forth and teach all nations. When I was visiting my daughter while she was driving me to the airport for me to return home, she said dad what’s your opinion on evangelization? And I said, “Oh, sweetheart, that’s a great questio. It would require an extended discussion, but…

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Rigorous Honesty

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In this episode Dr. Rossi talks about pursuing a personal policy of honesty in all things.

On becoming a healing presence, what a topic, what a theme to explore together. So deep and so wide and so high and so many different aspects to it. Today, I would like to explore with you ways to continue to make ourselves a little more available, a little more open to that possibility, to the possibility that the Lord could use you or me that way.

So I will talk about rigorous honesty. Ooh! It is said of the Desert Fathers, out of the depth of their desert…

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Our Memories

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How should we consider our memories? As simple camcorders, recording each event and recalling them the same way each time or something more complex?

Today, I’d like to reflect a few moments on memory. Memory, memory, memory. We’re human beings. We’re trying to become, one for the other, healing presences for one another. And part of our human makeup is the faculty, facility of our being we call our memory.

We start with God. We’re made in God’s image and likeness, and God, we pray, we believe, we speak humanly—we speak of God’s memory. In Psalm 78, it says, “He…

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Despondency

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Today, Dr. Rossi distinguishes between despondency and depression and helps us recognize and deal with it so we can be a healing presence to others.

Today, we will reflect on becoming a healing presence in this little podcast entitled, “Fighting Despondency,” also called acedia. Despondency: a heaviness, which blocks virtually any possibility we have to have much left over to give to others.

To become an increasingly more healing presence, we start with ourselves, allowing the Lord Jesus Christ to lighten our burdens. And today’s topic will be about feeling the heaviness of our…

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The Power of Being Non-Judgmental

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Dr. Rossi talks about the jungle of wicked thoughts in our minds and the need to not judge others.

Today, we’ll spend a couple of moments looking at ourselves from the inside out in terms of trying to become a healing presence to others, to give them strength and to give them hope. Asking the question, “What is it—what are some of the things inside me that simply clog me from being this conduit of fire for other people?” And of course there are many things. I would submit that very near the top of the list in me and probably in you is judgmentalism.…

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Living for Others

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Part of becoming a healing presence is to share our lives with others without the expectation of reward or acknowledgement. Dr. Rossi shares the story of Johnny Appleseed as an example.

We are called to be a healing presence to others by God. It’s God’s call, his inner working within us, allowing us to be his conduits through which fire—his fire—passes, giving strength and hope to others. And from our point of view, it’s a matter of perspective. We want to allow God to use us, to work through us, to surprise us with some of the opportunities and people he sends to us and how he uses us.

One time, I was at a meeting,…

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