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Gaining Perspective on Fasting

6/23/2018
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With fasting being such a buzz diet, craze right now, Rita Madden helps us to gain some perspective through the teachings of St. Issac the Syrian.

Duration:00:35:51

St. Gregory of Nyssa on The Lord’s Prayer

5/15/2018
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Rita Madden shares St. Gregory of Nyssa's writing on The Lord's Prayer, and provides insight on stress management and how to eat.

Duration:00:17:14

Continuing the Fast

3/16/2018
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Rita Madden encourages us to continue the fast with words from St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain.

Duration:00:10:05

Getting Ready for Great Lent 2018

2/1/2018
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Rita Madden encourages us to prepare our lives for the journey of Great Lent by working for the healing of the whole earth.

Duration:00:24:04

The Candle

11/13/2017
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Rita reflects on how physical objects can help us attain food for our soul, and how we can use physical objects to help us in prayer.

Duration:00:21:54

Creating Structure with Silence

9/28/2017
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Rita discusses ways that we can create structure in our lives for silence and prayer.

Duration:00:15:14

Sanctification Prayer

8/30/2017
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Rita explains the use of the Sanctification Prayer that we pray before eating, asking the Holy Spirit to fill and guide what we are partaking in.

Duration:00:14:08

How the Orthodox Way of Eating Allows Us to Be a Healing Presence to the World

8/4/2017
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Following the feasts and fasts of the Church cannot only help us care for our own health, but it can also benefit the environment and God's creation.

Duration:00:17:23

Starting a New Foundation

7/5/2017
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Rita shares her reflections on a short conversation by two desert fathers on laying new foundations in our lives.

Duration:00:16:18

Dealing with Struggles

5/24/2017
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Rita discusses how we can face our health struggles in a way that aids in the healing and growth of our souls in Christ.

Duration:00:13:34

On the Journey to Pascha

3/31/2017
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Rita reflects on the journey of Great Lent, and encourages those of us who feel we have lost our way. Setting realistic goals can help us to keep our focus on the rest of the journey towards Pascha.

Duration:00:09:22

Accountability and Fasting

2/22/2017
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Rita provides good insights into how we can keep the fast of Great Lent, and encourages us to stay connected to others who can help us be accountable and on the right path.

Duration:00:10:19

Interview with Jamey Bennett

1/16/2017
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Jamey Bennett approached me about doing an interview as on ancientfaith.com he has blogged about fasting and created music about healthy eating. Jamey shares his thoughts from his blog post titled, "Paleo Living and Orthodox Lent."

Duration:00:15:23

Simplifying the Advent Fast

11/1/2016
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Rita encourages us to deepen our Advent Fast by simplifying our choices of what and where to eat, so that we can spend more time attending services, praying and serving others who are in need. She also introduces a new program called My Beautiful Advent which can be found at http://www.mybeautifuladvent.com.

Duration:00:14:21

Compassion is Necessary for Change

9/19/2016
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Caring for our health and fighting our passions requires compassion. We need to start with showing compassion to ourselves to aid us in creating sustainable changes.

Duration:00:14:12

16-Hour Fasting

6/10/2016
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In this podcast, Rita discusses how fasting can actually lead to healthier food choices. She will also look at a 16-hour fasting approach and it's benefits to care for our body and soul alike.

Duration:00:12:57

Fasting like the Holy Fathers

4/7/2016
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Rita Madden shares the latest research regarding the way fasting helps our bodies to function properly, even as we keep our focus on prayer during Great Lent.

Duration:00:14:36

Meditations on Great Lent

3/8/2016
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Rita Madden shares some readings from "Meditations for Great Lent" by Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou, and reminds us that the purpose of Lent is to grow in humility and love. Sign up today to be apart of My Beautiful Lent!

Duration:00:11:21

Gluten - My Beautiful Lent

3/1/2016
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Rita interviews Cynthia Damaskos about the current research on gluten. Rita and Cynthia are the creators of My Beautiful Lent, a program to help Orthodox Christians in all stages of life to use the fast for the nourishment of the soul, leaving room for the blessings that the Church intends and that God wants to give freely. Find out more at http://www.mybeautifullent.com

Duration:00:22:23

Stress and Intro to My Beautiful Lent

2/18/2016
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Many people feel they are experiencing some intolerance to foods (and for sure some people do) but some may be experiencing stress and when their body is in stressed mode it can create physical symptoms that do not feel the best. We will look at the teachings of the Desert Fathers for some wisdom to help with stress. In addition we will explore the program My Beautiful Lent (http://www.mybeautifullent.com) which is an online program being released this Great Lent (2016) to help decrease the...

Duration:00:14:55