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The Opinionated Tailor

Discipline - Part 6

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Kh. Krista discusses the importance and joy of hard work.

Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor”. Today’s podcast wraps up my series on living a more disciplined life. Now that I’ve at least scratched the surface on bringing more discipline to our lives through the traditional ascesis’ of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, I thought it would be good to cover some of the challenges we face in using these skills in our day-to-day lives.

One of the biggest challenges I have faced in…

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Discipline - Part 4

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Is almsgiving just about money? Kh. Krista explores how almsgiving teaches us to let go.

Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor”. This is Part 4 of my series on Discipline and today I’m going to be looking at Almsgiving.

Almsgiving is the third of the three great ascesis, or disciplines, in the Orthodox Church. Combined with prayer and fasting, almsgiving can be another skill we develop to bring us into greater and greater union with Christ. But, I find it’s one of the hardest disciplines to talk about—I can…

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Discipline - Part 3

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Kh. Krista presents fasting as a gift and a skill.

Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor”. In this podcast, I will continue the series on leading a more disciplined life. Today, we’ll take a look at Fasting.

The topic of fasting can be somewhat confusing: is it going without food and water? Is it abstaining only from a select food? Does it just refer to food? And, even once you’ve had some exposure to the Orthodox Christian fasting rules, the confusion just seems to get worse:…

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Discipline - Part 2

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In part two of her series on leading a more disciplined life, Kh. Krista looks at the traditional discipline of prayer.

Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”. Today I would like to continue with my series on leading a disciplined life with Part 2, The Traditional Disciplines of the Church: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving. This week I’ll focus on prayer.

When we mention the word “discipline”, quite a few things might come to mind. We might think of someone who is very committed to their exercise regimine by referring to them as “really…

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Discipline - Part 1

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How do we lead a disciplined life? Part one of a series on discipline.

Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”. Beginning with this podcast, I would like to spend the next several podcasts on a topic that is close to my heart: the topic of Discipline. I had quite a few people respond to both my “Sin No. 5” podcast on gluttony as well as my “Work as Contentment” podcast and I was struck by their interest in this topic, since in our modern society, discipline seems to be a somewhat taboo…

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Abase and Abound

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How good are you at going with the flow? Can you "abase and abound," as St. Paul mentions in Philippians? Kh. Krista uses her experience making cassocks to consider this topic.

Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”. This past week found me overjoyed at finding a fabric for which I had been searching almost two years. When I began making cassocks and vestments fifteen years ago, I pictured myself sitting happily at a sewing machine, stitching away, maybe saying the Jesus Prayer. Quiet, peaceful, meditative. What I did not imagine was myself on the phone ten hours a week, asking questions like,…

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The Joy of Handcraft

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Is knitting a dying art?

Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”.

Since I’ve been podcasting, I’ve been asked a lot of questions when someone meets me in person and figures out “Oh, you’re the priest’s wife who makes vestments!”. Things like “What is the Most Important Color for vestments?” or “Why do cassocks have all the fancy stitching?”. But in over a year, no-one, and I mean no-one, has asked…

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Learning to Ski the Slopes of Lent

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Khouria Krista compares the Lenten journey to learning to ski.

Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”. I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a blessed Holy Week. This week finds us completing the race, so to speak, and drawing nearer to our goal of being present at the Cross and Resurrection. It’s a time for a small pause along our way as we gear up for the intense week ahead of us.

It’s also a time when many of us find ourselves reflecting on our Lenten experience.…

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Preparing for Lent

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How to take your schedule down a notch in preparation for Great Lent.

Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”.  My parish’s Evangelism Committee publishes a quarterly newsletter and in its most recent issue, my husband and I were asked to write articles on preparing for Lent. My husband wrote the beautiful, spiritually-minded article and I wrote the article on how to get the kids to church on time with matching shoes. Well, I guess we all have different gifts, so I thought I would share my tips…

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Longing for Paradise

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Christ charms us into His kingdom, says Khouria Krista West, and this is nowhere more evident than in the physical manifestation of beauty within the Church.

Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”.

“O precious Paradise, unsurpassed in beauty, tabernacle built by God, unending gladness and delight, glory of the righteous, joy of the prophets, and dwelling of the saints, with the sound of thy leaves pray to the Maker of all: may He open unto me the gates which I closed by my transgression, and may He count me worthy to partake of the Tree of Life and of the joy which was mine…

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