A Right to Die?

A Right to Die?

A woman in Holland, suffering from severe PTSD because of childhood sexual abuse is put to death – euthanized – because doctors decide her condition is incurable, in spite of intensive therapy making positive differences in her illness. In 2014, Belgium became the first country in the world to allow...

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God’s Image and Likeness in Death and in Art

God’s Image and Likeness in Death and in Art

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl040216wv.mp3 In this episode of Come Receive the Light we have two interviews. First, Fr. Chris speaks with Dr. Timothy G. Patitsas, Assistant Professor of Ethics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology about the Orthodox understanding of death and the proper way to lay a body to rest...

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The Mystery of Death and Resurrection

The Mystery of Death and Resurrection

During the past several months, I have have gotten hooked on the soundtrack to the newest Broadway hit musical, Hamilton. Historically meticulous and set to a hip-hop score, it chronicles the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s lesser-known Founding Fathers. In a brilliant stylistic choice, the play is narrated by...

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Facing Death and Judgment

Facing Death and Judgment

FACING DEATH AND JUDGMENT This past week I spoke with a 62 year old woman who is dying. Several months ago her doctors told her that she has six months to live due to a rare form of cancer. Of course, this woman is extremely sad at her prospects. Yet...

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Sunday’s Gospel: Blessed New Year’s Resolutions 

Sunday’s Gospel: Blessed New Year’s Resolutions 

      What are some New Year’s resolutions you made this year? It is now Day 3 of the New Year – are you still staying faithful to the resolutions? Why do so many people make New Year’s resolutions? Is it because we see something in our lives we...

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We Can Live Through the Pain

We Can Live Through the Pain

Be Transfigured – We Can Live Through the Pain Many ask, “If God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, the why do people starve to death?” This very popular question is based upon a misunderstanding about God’s love. God doesn’t give us struggle. He allows things to run...

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Heavenly Shore

Heavenly Shore

“Through prayers and acts of charity for the departed, Christians demonstrate the relationship between this world and the world to come. The Church in this world and the Church in the next is one and the same – one body, one being- just as the roots of a tree, below...

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Surrendering to Christ

Surrendering to Christ

Have you been told to “Let go and let God”? Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Dr. Albert Rossi, a clinical psychologist who teaches courses in pastoral theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. They discuss the Orthodox understanding of this famous phrase and of letting go. How do we surrender? Trying...

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Throwback Thursday: Whose Sin Is It, Anyway?

Throwback Thursday: Whose Sin Is It, Anyway?

What’s the difference between being born into sin and carrying the guilt of Adam and Eve?  Listen as Fr. Chris and Fr. Steven discuss this deep and often misunderstood theology of original sin, as we take you back to July 16, 2011.  Fr. Steven Ritter is Pastor of St. James...

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From “Death and Illness, Our Saving Road”

From “Death and Illness, Our Saving Road”

The expression that a Christian is a vessel of the Holy Spirit makes it seem as though the body is passive, but the body might rather be seen as an activation of the spirit within. In doing things that foster wellness, one is more useful for God’s purposes, which follow...

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