The "Golden Rule" is explained, including a mention of how the world twists this rule into a sort of magical "law of attraction". The REASON for the golden rule and everything we do is because we are "children of the highest". LISTEN NOW Luke 6:31-36 31 And as ye would that men should do to… Continue reading The Golden rule is not the law of attraction, but because we are children of the highest. 19th Sunday. Audio Homily.
Month: October 2009
What is a Christian? What is a Saint?
The Orthodox Dogma of sanctity, by St Justin Popovich Oct 3/16 2009 19th Friday after Pentecost “What are Christians? Christians are Christ-bearers, and by virtue of this bearers and possessors of eternal life, and this according to the measure of faith and according to the measure of holiness which is from faith. The Saints… Continue reading What is a Christian? What is a Saint?
Parable of the ten Virgins. The Oil is the Holy Spirit. The proper dogma regarding works. St. Seraphim of Sarov’s Conversation With Nicholas Motovilov
This parable is one of the most important in all of Scripture, and a proper understanding of it is crucial. The interpreter par-excellence of this Gospel is my Patron, St Seraphim of Sarov. His ?Conversation with Motovilov? (also here) contains pearls regarding this parable.
This is worth spending some time on. If you are skimming, at least read St Seraphim?s comments, which follow the Gospel selection.
Christian Life Skills – Being on time
Oct 1/Oct 14 2009 19th Wednesday after Pentecost. Protection of the Theotokos I am starting a series of articles on “Life Skills”. This term is used regarding simple and necessary skills needed to succeed in modern life, raise a baby, etc. For instance, young mothers may be taught to not put their baby to bed… Continue reading Christian Life Skills – Being on time
Christian Love is not the same as the World’s love.
Love without knowledge and judgment is not love. The Dogma of Love Philippians 1:8-14 Sep 30/Oct 13 2009 19th Tuesday after Pentecost. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; (10) That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be… Continue reading Christian Love is not the same as the World’s love.
Iconostasis Design Meeting, with pictures and altar/iconostasis design sketch
This post looks better at: http://www.orthodox.net/journal/2009-10-12_iconostasis-design-meeting.html. It is hard to get some graphics right on the blog. Sep 29/ Oct 12 2009 Today, Michael Daum (right) our resident point man for the building project, Reader Nicholas Park, and yours truly (Priest Seraphim, the head delegator) met with Fr Michael Storozuk, rector of St Paul… Continue reading Iconostasis Design Meeting, with pictures and altar/iconostasis design sketch
For we are His workmanship…
In today’s adult Church School class, we talked about the following selection from Chapter 2 of St. Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians: 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by… Continue reading For we are His workmanship…
The Miraculous catch of fish. The greatest miracle was not the fish! 18th Sunday 2009 Audio Homily
LISTEN NOW Like all of Jesus Christ’s miracles and parables, this story can be understood on many levels. It obviously demonstrates dogmas about the God-man, Jesus Christ, and also has beautiful mystical symbolism concerning the Jews, apostles and the church, but it’s most important message is how we should live. The example of Peter and… Continue reading The Miraculous catch of fish. The greatest miracle was not the fish! 18th Sunday 2009 Audio Homily
Here are some statistics for the blog. I am pleased to see that readership has increased. The highest entry is a bit of a mystery to me, but then the angels are mysterious! Following the link which contains a portion of the title is the number of hits for this year. These are all… Continue reading Blog Statistics
Everything MUST have meaning! Sickness Drug Addiction Priorities
Sept 26/ Oct 8 2009. Repose Of The Holy Apostle And Evangelist John The Theologian Being sick this week has made me a little philosophical, with the extra and welcome downtime. Normally, I try to write about the service texts and scripture, because these things are at the core of our faith, and… Continue reading Everything MUST have meaning! Sickness Drug Addiction Priorities