Meaningful Prayers

Meaningful Prayers

If we live in the world – we most likely are struggling with our prayer life. How can we transform our prayers so that they are more meaningful? How can we focus our mind in our hearts so that we can commune more deeply with our Creator in internal prayer?...

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Prayer and Your Deep Heart

Prayer and Your Deep Heart

“Those who only hear about spiritual meditation and prayer and have no direct knowledge of it are like a man blind from birth, who hears about the sunshine without ever knowing what it really is.” Please join Veronica Hughes, St. Dimitri of Rostov, and Elder Zacharias for the first of...

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Knowledge vs Faith: Part 2

Knowledge vs Faith: Part 2

It is not that knowledge is blameworthy, but that faith is higher… What are the distinctions in knowledge; when knowledge returns to its primary aim – the spiritual life? Please join Veronica Hughes and St. Isaac the Syrian for the second part of Homily 52, Knowledge vs. Faith. __________________________________________ Posted...

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Faith vs Knowledge: Part 1

Faith vs Knowledge: Part 1

Why is it so challenging sometimes to have faith? What does worldly knowledge have to do with our lack of faith? Let’s find out! Stay tuned for the first of two podcasts about Faith vs. Knowledge with St. Isaac the Syrian and Veronica Hughes on “Pearls of Great Price.” ______________________________________________...

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Faith – Part 2

Faith – Part 2

In this second podcast about faith, Veronica Hughes will explore the relationship between faith and illumination, our regeneration in grace, and our second baptism. “We all receive the first illumining at baptism, and the second through faith and the fulfilling of the commandments of the Lord.” Stay tuned for this...

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Faith: Part 1

Faith: Part 1

Faith is a complex virtue, which is not understandable by our mind, but by our heart. Just as one cannot have obedience without humility, one cannot have faith without also having ‘the fear of God’. “The ‘fear of God’ is the beginning of virtue and it is said to be...

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Obedience and Humility – Part 2

Obedience and Humility – Part 2

Christ is Risen! In Truth He is Risen! Join Veronica Hughes, St. John Climacus, Abba Dorotheus and others for Part 2 on Obedience and Humility. “Humility is not merely one of the virtues–it is the virtue that makes all others possible and that purifies our wills and motives.” St. John...

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Obedience and Humility – Part 1

Obedience and Humility – Part 1

Christ is Risen! In Truth He is Risen! Join Veronica Hughes for the first of a Two-Part Podcast on Obedience and Humility.  Obedience and humility go hand-in-hand. They feed and nourish one another. We cannot learn obedience without humility, and we cannot acquire humility without obedience. Together, these two virtues...

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Prayer

Prayer

In this podcast, Veronica will be turning to the Orthodox Church for a starting structure for our prayer life and Elder Porphyrios for his instruction about the right attitude to have towards prayer. She looks at the importance of cooperation as we pray, which implies communication, respect, intimacy and love....

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Love

Love

Veronica has chosen wonderful quotes for this podcast from St. John the Theologian, Metropolitan Anthony of Surozh, St. Sinceltike, Elder Prophyrios, and a few others to help us understand what all the saints have known: everything begins and ends with love. Love is the first essential building block in our...

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Heartfelt Cooperation with God

Heartfelt Cooperation with God

In this pilot episode of OCN’s latest podcast, host Veronica Hughes shares from the wisdom of St. Diadochos of Photiki to give us the context for this and future podcasts. Did you know that after we are baptized or received into the Orthodox Church, we enter into a second baptism?...

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