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Our Life in Christ

Relics Part 3: Essence and Energies

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After a two-month disappearance, Steve and Bill resurface and finally record part three of the series on "Relics." In this program they discuss the Orthodox view of God and how the creation can literally "participate in God," or, as St. Peter says, be a "partaker of the divine nature." How can the infinite God who says, "You cannot see my face and live," also promise that "the pure in heart shall see God"? The distinction between the essence and energies of God is one of the fundamental dogmas of the Orthodox faith and gives us a vision of our union with God which is ultimately our salvation.

Mr. Steve Robinson: O heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, who art everywhere present and fillest all things; Treasury of good gifts and Giver of life, come and abide in us and cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O gracious Lord.

And good evening and welcome to this edition of Our Life in Christ. Yes, we are alive!

Mr. Bill Gould: Yeah, it seems like we’ve done this a number…

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The Morning Offering

The New Holocaust

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The New Holocaust.

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

Washington, Oregon, New York, and California allow for the killing of newborn infants. Calling it late-term abortion, it is in reality the murder of newly born children. That the United States has lowered the moral and spiritual level to allow the holocaust…

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The Arena

Tearing Down Abortion Evil

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. [Amen.]

Our Lord Jesus Christ, brothers and sisters, was not crucified because he was preaching the love of God. He was crucified because, out of love for men, he preached the truth. That’s why he was killed. These are his words from John 7: “The world hates me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.” This is why the world hated him; this is why the world killed him:…

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Paradise and Utopia

The Rise of Anthropological Pessimism IV

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Fr. John continues to discuss St. Augustine by looking first at his notorious doctrine of original sin and its impact on the conception of man in the West.

Welcome back to this episode on anthropological pessimism in the West as we explore, in Part Two of the podcast, the coming of the Great Schism and the consequences it had on the character of Western Christendom. In the previous segment of this episode, I introduced St. Augustine and described an anthropology that he developed around his doctrine of grace and free will that was comparatively pessimistic in relation to the optimistic anthropology of Greek Fathers like…

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Praying in the Rain

The Manuscript of Our Life

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Fr. Michael Gillis shares from St. Isaac the Syrian (homily 62), in which St. Isaac offers us the metaphor of a manuscript in rough draft to help us understand why on-going repentance is important for Christians regardless of their real or imagined state of spiritual maturity.

In St. Isaac the Syrian’s homily 62, St. Isaac offers us the metaphor of a manuscript in rough draft to help us understand why on-going repentance is important for Christians regardless of their real or imagined state of spiritual maturity.  Here is the paragraph that uses the metaphor:

Life in the world is like a manuscript of writings that is still in rough draft.  When a man wishes or desires to do so, he can add something or subtract from it,…

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