Preserving Inner Stillness and Peace

Preserving Inner Stillness and Peace

In this episode, Veronica describes her absence during Great Lent as a result of a severe bout of flu that resulted in hospitalizations. She discusses how she was sustained through this significant trial only through God’s sacramental graces and her husband’s support. She was recovered enough to make it to...

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Sensual Judgment and Curiosity

Sensual Judgment and Curiosity

Try to be free of curiosity, for it can defile stillness as nothing else can. –St. John Climacus In this episode, Veronica Hughes enriches our Lenten journey with an exploration of the concept of “Sensual Judgement and Curiosity.” She shares passages from Saint Nikolaj Velimirovich and Saint Theophan the Recluse...

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Entering the Arena–Great Lent Begins… Again!

Entering the Arena–Great Lent Begins… Again!

I see Your Bridal Chamber adorned, O my Savior, and I have no wedding garment that I may enter therein. O Giver of Light, make radiant the garment of my soul, and save me. It’s that time of year again that most of us fear and love at the same...

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Why Evangelize?

Why Evangelize?

In this episode of Pearls of Great Price, our host Veronica Hughes explores the motivations for Evangelism, so central to our Faith. Why do we try to spread our Faith to people who have their own beliefs? It is a good question and one that is essential for us to...

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Drawing Closer to the Mother of God During Advent, Part 3

Drawing Closer to the Mother of God During Advent, Part 3

As she continues her exploration of Spiritual Writers on the topic of the Mother of God, Veronica begins to transition her reflection from Mary to the Birth of the Word of God with the hauntingly beautiful melody and words of the hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” She shares passages...

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Drawing Closer to the Mother of God During Advent, Part 2

Drawing Closer to the Mother of God During Advent, Part 2

In this episode, we explore the prayer life of the Theotokos, primarily drawing upon the significance of her practice of secret meditation of the heart, as we read in the words of Saint Luke, “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Saint Gregory Palamas...

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Drawing Closer to the Mother of God during the Advent Fast  – Part I

Drawing Closer to the Mother of God during the Advent Fast – Part I

During Advent, Veronica will examine the mysteries surrounding the life of the Mother of God to help us prepare for the Nativity of Christ. In this episode Veronica will draw on the wisdom of St. Gregory Palamas and the life of Mary, even before her conception, to help us prepare...

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The Dance between Temptation and Grace, Part 2

The Dance between Temptation and Grace, Part 2

In this episode of Pearl of Great Price, Veronica Hughes further explores the “Dance between Temptations and Grace.” She shares with us passages from Elder Joseph, Elder Ephraim and St. Nicholai Velomirovic on this topic. Elder Ephraim wrote: “He inspired us to aim all our pursuits, all our desires, and...

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The Violent Take It By Force, Part 2

The Violent Take It By Force, Part 2

In this episode, Veronica Hughes shares Part 2 of her reflection on “Spiritual Violence.” What are the awesome weapons our Lord gave us to fight our spiritual battles internally and externally? Veronica explores, through the writings of St. Paul, St. Ambrose, St. John Chrysostom and others, the concept of spiritual...

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The Dance Between Temptation and Grace, Part 1

The Dance Between Temptation and Grace, Part 1

Why do temptations and suffering befall us? What is the right attitude to have towards our suffering? How do we surmount our trials? In this episode, Veronica Hughes shares readings from St. Syncletike, Elder Joseph and St. Nickolai Velimirovic as they explore the dance between temptations and grace. Veronica also...

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The Violent Take It By Force

The Violent Take It By Force

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matt 11: 12) Join Veronica Hughes, St. Paul, and other Saints of the Church for the first of a 2 part series on Spiritual Violence to explore...

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Blessed are the Persecuted

Blessed are the Persecuted

We all endure some form of suffering if we are Christian. Martyrdom is one of the most challenging to come to terms with – especially in our modern times. To help us draw closer to those who have been martyred and are being persecuted for the faith in the Middle...

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