Category Archives: Spiritual Living

Virtue Precedes Reason

Clouded Vision I am reminded of a woman who scrubbed and scrubbed, frustrated with a smudge that wouldn’t wash off, not realizing that the dirt was on her glasses rather than on the window. She worked for hours in vain, … Continue reading

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Having Ears to Hear

St. John Chrysostom comments on Paul’s all-night sermon: “Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” (Acts 20:7) See how everything was subordinate to the preaching. . . . Not even during night-time … Continue reading

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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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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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A Bucket of Rocks

A master forced two of his slaves to carry large buckets, loaded down with rocks, gravel, and sand. The farther the slaves walked, the harder and harder it was for them to carry such heavy burdens. Along the way, these … Continue reading

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A Map to Heaven

Jason and George were best friends, living  in Maine. They had long fantasized about a trip to the California coast, and they decided the time had come to actually do something about it. Jason bought a map. George bought a map. … Continue reading

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Hear No Evil – The Problem of Openness

NOVEMBER 23, 2014 BY NATHAN DUFFY Reblogged from:  Ancient Faith Blogs – On Behalf of All A fundamental assumption of our modern discourse is that dialogue, openness, and a free exchange of ideas are intrinsic goods, without limit or qualification. … Continue reading

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Seeking the Salvation of my Neighbor

“We cannot be saved by seeking just our own individual salvation; we need to look first to the good of others. In warfare, the soldier who takes to flight to save his own skin brings disaster on himself as well … Continue reading

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A Spiritual Pharmacy

Father, are the teachings of the Saints to be strictly followed? Luke, you have known me for many years. What have I taught in the past? Father, I have always been very grateful for your firm teaching. Without wavering, you … Continue reading

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