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Fr Thomas is honored to welcome His Excellency Charles J. Chaput, Roman Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia. They will discuss His Excellency's latest book, Things Worthy Dying For: Thoughts on a Life Worth Living. In it, Archbishop Chaput writes about the most important questions of life: why are we here and how can we live and die meanin…
 
Mari & Despina interview Fr. Kosmas & Anna Kallis, a clergy couple who have been married for almost 8 years with 2 children (their youngest was born just weeks after this podcast was recorded). Fr. Kosmas & Anna discuss the joys of being seen by their children, the struggle with the loss of freedom in parenting, and how structuring/scheduling each …
 
Paul struggled to understand why his own people rejected the Messiah. His conclusion was surprising: it was part of the plan of God that the Jewish people did not accept the Christ. Why? And does this mean that they had no choice? What will happen to the Jews in the future? Join us as we continue in the book of Romans with a discussion of chapter11…
 
The Bible is full of weird and wonderful books. But some of the most weird and wonderful—the Apocrypha or Deuterocanonical books—get a bad rap today. What’s the deal? In this inaugural conversation, Joel and Jamey introduce the “bad” books, discuss their history, and explain their value to contemporary readers.…
 
The season of Pascha has only just begun. Because of His bodily resurrection, we must become holy in our bodies and treat our suffering neighbors accordingly. Let us continue to celebrate by participating as fully as possible in the joy of the empty tomb. Now nothing other than our own refusal can hold us back from becoming truly human, for “Christ…
 
Fr. Evan gives a short explanation about how St. Thomas Sunday relates to Bright Week. He addresses the the issue of suicide and what the response of the church needs to be. What is a healthy view of martyrdom, and what can we benefit from the martyrs within the Orthodox Church? Fr. Evan gives pastoral advice to a caller regarding entering into the…
 
He is one of the original and most honored Desert Fathers. Born of a noble family, he was a deacon and a courtier in Constantinople. One day he heard a voice saying "Arsenios, flee from men, and thou shalt be saved." He left the capital in secret and sailed to Alexandria, then journeyed to Skete in the Egyptian desert, where he became a monk. For y…
 
"In the sixth century, two hundred years after St Nina had preached the Gospel in Georgia, the most holy Mother of God appeared to John, an ascetic of Antioch, and commanded him to choose twelve of his disciples and go to Georgia, to strengthen the Orthodox faith there. John did so. Reaching Georgia, these twelve missionaries were formally welcomed…
 
He was a soldier in the Roman army during the reign of Julian the Apostate. Like many soldiers, he was a secret Christian, serving under the Imperial commander Bacchus when his troops battled the Franks. A mighty Frankish soldier, like Goliath, challenged the Romans to send one of their company out to do single combat with him. The commander send B…
 
"Saint Irene was the daughter of a princelet called Licinius; named Penelope by her parents, through a divine revelation she was brought to faith in Christ and at Baptism was renamed Irene. In her zeal for piety she broke in pieces all the idols of her father, who commanded that she be trampled underfoot by horses. But while she remained unharmed, …
 
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