Category Archives: Reconciliation

Required to Reconcile

MP3 Audio: WS330368_Dn-Joseph_Required-to-Reconcile.mp3 This homily was preached on Sunday morning, July 27, 2014, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. Transcription by Maria Powell of Dormition Text Services. ~ Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:20-26 In the name of the Father, … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Respond to Correction

Most people don’t like being told they are wrong. Most people don’t want to receive a rebuke. Offer reproof to the average person, and that person will think you are being “mean”. Thankfully, not everyone is average. Some people want to have their … Continue reading

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The Meekness of a Spiritual Father

St. Gregory the Great says that a spiritual father should be gentle and meek. If he reproves a person who unintentionally sinned, this is especially true. If a person has malice, and has sinned willfully, that is a different story. But if a … Continue reading

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Correcting Your Neighbor’s Sins

We are often told not to correct our neighbor’s sins. After all, doesn’t the Bible say, “Judge not, that ye be not judged”? Yet according to Scripture, and according to St. John Chrysostom, silence is not a Christian approach. We have … Continue reading

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Unequal Judgment

As we saw in a recent article, God is no fan of equality. He rewards people differently, in different ways, in different amounts. And if we truly love our brother, this is a cause for rejoicing. This surprises some people. People … Continue reading

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Father Maximos told us another story in his usual casual manner. “During the first year I was a monk on Mount Athos, there was some kind of a misunderstanding between a young hieromonk and his elder. The young hieromonk was … Continue reading

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