Great Lent: A Refining Crucible

Great Lent: A Refining Crucible

After a time of emotional and spiritual unrest, culminating in a conscious feeling during the Nativity season that my spiritual life needed attention, this Lenten journey heralded in a “new beginning” for me. The details of life are unique for each of us, but the goal for Christians is simple...

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Faith, Prayer, Fasting and the Ladder of Divine Ascent

Faith, Prayer, Fasting and the Ladder of Divine Ascent

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Fourth Sunday of Great Lent—St. John Climacus  And one of the crowd answered Jesus, “Teacher, I brought my son to You, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him,...

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Who the Heck was Melchizedek?   

Who the Heck was Melchizedek?  

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And...

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The Cost of Discipleship—The Distorted Image and What It Means to Surrender—Part Ten

The Cost of Discipleship—The Distorted Image and What It Means to Surrender—Part Ten

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...

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The Secret is in the Climbing

The Secret is in the Climbing

His name was John (AD 579 – 649). A seventh century monk and eventually the Abbot of the Holy Monastery of St. Catherine at the base of Mt. Sinai, he came to be known in history as John of the Ladder (Κλιμακος), and he left Christendom with a text that...

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The Cost of Discipleship—The Distorted Image and What It Means to Surrender—Part Nine

The Cost of Discipleship—The Distorted Image and What It Means to Surrender—Part Nine

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...

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Our Anchor

Our Anchor

Do you know what an anchor does? An anchor is something that keeps a boat from drifting around a lake or a harbor. An anchor keeps the boat in one spot, right where the sailor or fisherman wants it to be. In the epistle reading today, we hear about how...

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The Cost of Discipleship —The Distorted Image and What It Means to Surrender—Part Eight

The Cost of Discipleship —The Distorted Image and What It Means to Surrender—Part Eight

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...

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OCN Launched the 1st Live Lenten Retreat. The Church as a Spiritual Hospital

OCN Launched the 1st Live Lenten Retreat. The Church as a Spiritual Hospital

OCN launched the 1st Live Lenten Retreat. This online Lenten Retreat was available LIVE to ALL Share the Light Sponsors and Partners as a gift of appreciation for your support. If you are not currently a Share the Light Sponsor and would like to participate in this wonderful online Lenten...

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The Cost of Discipleship—The Distorted Image and What It Means to Surrender—Part Seven

The Cost of Discipleship—The Distorted Image and What It Means to Surrender—Part Seven

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...

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The Cost of Discipleship—The Distorted Image and What It Means to Surrender—Part Six

The Cost of Discipleship—The Distorted Image and What It Means to Surrender—Part Six

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...

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Carrying the Cross: How Much Does It Cost You?

Carrying the Cross: How Much Does It Cost You?

One of the most difficult things for human persons to face is rejection. Think of a time in your life when you felt rejected. Think of the feelings you had—sadness, betrayal, alienation and aloneness, and, for even a moment, a bitter lack of love and confidence in oneself. Rejection strikes...

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