Saint Gregory the Theologian on Prayer

Saint Gregory the Theologian on Prayer

If prayer is speech with God, then understanding God must be a part of learning about prayer. Saint Gregory the Theologian offers us wisdom on both topics, and our own spiritual journey. Listen as Fr. John speaks about St. Gregory’s words: “God is to the Spiritual intellect what the sun is...

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Saint John of Damascus: Transfiguration and Prayer

Saint John of Damascus: Transfiguration and Prayer

On Turning to the Fathers, noted scholar Fr. John McGuckin discusses St. John of Damascus, a powerful apologist for Icons in the face of the Iconoclast heresy. Many of St. John’s teachings focused on the Transfiguration of Christ, and he refers to that in the text on prayer that Fr....

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Abba Anthony on the Three Wars

Abba Anthony on the Three Wars

Abba Anthony, also known as Saint Anthony the Great, said, “Whoever sits in solitude and is quiet has escaped from three wars: the war of hearing, the war of speaking, the war of seeing. Then there is only one war left to fight. That is the battle for your own...

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St. Maximus the Confessor

St. Maximus the Confessor

In Turning to the Fathers, noted scholar Fr. John McGuckin and Fr. Christopher Metropulos discuss the teachings of St. Maximus the Confessor. As we prepare for Great Lent, St. Maximus points us toward the nature of the Living God.

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St. Diadochos of Photiki and Material Gain

St. Diadochos of Photiki and Material Gain

In the modern world, we are absorbed with material gain. On Turning to the Fathers, Fr. John McGuckin explores the perspective of St. Diadochos of Photiki, who points us to higher pursuits–seeking understanding as the greatest of riches.

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Saint Simeon – Quiet Place

Saint Simeon – Quiet Place

On Turning to the Fathers, noted scholar Fr. John McGuckin discusses Saint Simeon. Listen to the words of Saint Simeon: “If you feel oppressed, go into a dimly lit and quiet place, lift both your hands up to heaven, make the sign of the cross over yourself; then lift up...

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Reflection on St. Macarius

Reflection on St. Macarius

On Turning to the Fathers, Fr. John McGuckin shares a reflection on St. Macarius, whose Feast Day is January 19th.

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A Prayerful Life

A Prayerful Life

On Turning to the Fathers, continuing our exploration of prayer this month, we listen to a reflection on prayer from Fr. John McGuckin, drawing from the wisdom of St. John of Apameia in “A Prayerful Life.”

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