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Through a Monk's Eyes

Through A Monk's Eyes

Sacred Space

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The idea of sacredness and the way it is manifested in space, The whole world is sacred, not because of our memories and experiences but because of God.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I have a slight cold, so please forgive my voice. It is lower than usual. It makes me sound very grumpy and upset. I am neither grumpy nor upset. In fact, I am in a very good mood. For the last week, I have been in the United States, in Houston and Dallas, and I am now back in the Monastery of the Protection of the Mother of God in Lake George in Colorado. As always, being in the United States and…

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What Are You Fighting For?

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Fr. Seraphim was in Paris shortly after the November 13 attacks. He reflects on what our response as Christians should be. How do we hold on to our Christianity? What is our role as peacemakers? He reminds us that we fight for is not of this world.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I am recording this episode in Paris, so this may be one of the noisiest so far, and I do apologize for that. I’m here for a week, working in the archives at the Centre Pompidou. It is part of the work I do for the University of Oxford, and it’s been a very tough week to be in Paris. I came shortly after the attacks. They happened on Friday night, and I was here already on Sunday. It…

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Forgiveness and Reflection

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Father Seraphim reflects on some of the content from his past podcasts, and asks for forgiveness because of the brief hiatus he took in posting new material.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

It’s been close to two months since the last recording, and I want to begin by offering my apologies for this long break. I really should not have let that happen, but I have, and I want to ask for your forgiveness. I have received many emails from some of you, and I want to thank you for the kind and generous things you’ve said about these podcasts and about the things we publish on…

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Confessing to Grow Closer to God

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Fr. Seraphim reflects on his experiences confessing, the role of a spiritual father, and he gives three recommendations to help get the most out of each confession.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

While I have done my best to record these podcasts in silence and moments of the day, or rather moments of the night, when there is silence, enough silence for me to focus on the things I want to talk to you about and also enough silence for you to be able to hear me, I do live in England, so it is almost always impossible to hide from rain. We’ll just have to live with that.

I have…

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Secular Worries

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The worries of American Christians, as important and contemporary as they may be, are in reality secular concerns.

I’ve gotten now through half of my two weeks in the United States. After visiting Houston and Dallas, I’ve spent three days in Lake George, Colorado at the Monastery of the Protection of the Holy Virgin. I’ve come here simply as a way to say thank you to Mother Cassiana and the sisterhood here for all the help they have offered to our own monastery in the Hebrides. Our Monastery of the Celtic Saints and their Monastery of the Protection of the Holy…

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On Monasticism: Part 1

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Fr. Seraphim introduces his new podcast and explains why he decided to become a monk.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Well, I’d better start recording these, because if I don’t do it now, I probably will never do it. These podcasts have been in the making for six months now. I have this horrible habit of just postponing things, because I am afraid nothing I have to share with you is useful or relevant in any way, but the reality is that ten years after I started my monastic life should have taught me by now…

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