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The Loneliness of Shame

7/14/2018
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The heart of loneliness is broken communion. Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the roots of this rupture and its experience as shame.

Duration:00:12:47

Goodness and a Word in Due Season

7/2/2018
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The truth of words is much deeper than the "facts" they may represent. A true word is found in the heart of God, and in our hearts when we dwell in God.

Duration:00:13:02

Shame in the Public Arena

7/1/2018
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From ancient Rome to the present, public shaming has been a means of controlled violence. What is the Christian place in all of this?

Duration:00:09:26

The Sins of Our Fathers - The Epigenetics of Shame

6/9/2018
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Much of the "baggage" we carry in our lives is something into which we were born. Understanding this and God's place in healing it is the subject of this talk by Fr. Stephen Freeman.

Duration:00:10:31

The Soul is a Mirror

6/7/2018
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Reflecting on his many podcasts and articles on shame, Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at its place in the soul.

Duration:00:09:34

The Healthy Shame at the Heart’s Core

5/10/2018
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We tend to think of shame only in negative terms. However, there is such a thing as "healthy shame." It plays an essential role in awe and wonder and in the giving of thanks. Fr. Stephen Freeman offers some thoughts on this important aspect of our inner life.

Duration:00:13:21

You Were Created for Pascha

4/14/2018
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Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the unique Gift that God gives us in Christ's Pascha: the revelation of our true self.

Duration:00:08:41

Comfort to a Child - Speaking Peace to Shame

4/1/2018
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Fr. Stephen Freeman offers some insight on dealing with the dark thoughts that often fill our minds.

Duration:00:08:37

Look Who’s Talking

3/10/2018
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The negative voice we hear in our head. Who is it that is talking? What does it mean? Where does it come from? Fr. Stephen Freeman offers some reflection on this noise.

Duration:00:11:51

Benedict in the Suburbs

3/6/2018
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Fr. Stephen Freeman reflects on Rod Dreher's book, The Benedict Option. He suggests that the virtues that shape our lives are largely formed in their context. How do we shape the parish for acquiring Christian virtues?

Duration:00:17:02

The Image of Unfallen Suffering

2/12/2018
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Fr. Stephen Freeman speaks about the the goodness of creation and the place that suffering holds within it - including a form of suffering that is not evil.

Duration:00:18:03

Getting to the Point

2/7/2018
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Fr. Stephen Freeman muses on the nature of English in our worship life, especially some of its problems. He points towards something beyond the words.

Duration:00:10:31

To Serve God

2/3/2018
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Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us that the culture we live in teaches us to want "good service," to expect things to suit our desires. To serve God, however, requires something very different. Acceptance and thanksgiving are key components of the spiritual life.

Duration:00:08:57

That Thing You Do - Right Worship

1/27/2018
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Father Stephen Freeman argues that the near-unchanging shape of the Liturgy is part of the "givenness" of our lives. Like many other things in the Orthodox faith, it imparts a stability. Learning to embrace this is important.

Duration:00:12:05

You Are Not Alone, And Neither Is God

1/20/2018
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Fr. Stephen Freeman describes the "conciliar" nature of God's actions and our response to Him in our lives. God delights in sharing His work with us.

Duration:00:07:04

An Atonement of Shame

8/4/2017
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Fr. Stephen continues his thoughts on the topic of shame—looking at its place in Christ's death on the Cross.

Duration:00:13:28

The Danger and Shame of Forgiveness

6/23/2017
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Fr. Stephen looks at the difficulties of forgiveness and what it is, exactly, that is being asked of us in Christ's commandments.

Duration:00:07:19

The Wound of Shame

6/9/2017
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Fr. Stephen continues this series of the experience of shame and looks particularly at how it can be driven by "global" statements.

Duration:00:11:19

Justice, Forgiveness and Bearing a Little Shame

5/31/2017
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With this podcast, Fr. Stephen begins a series in which he looks at the reality of shame and its place in our emotional and spiritual lives. He introduces us to the teaching of the Elder Sophrony that we must learn to "bear a little shame."

Duration:00:14:23

Old Friends

5/24/2017
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The spiritual life values being old and gives lessons to the young.

Duration:00:08:39