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Giving Thanks for All Things: The Cruciform Life

2/4/2019
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When we give thanks to God, particularly in difficult times, Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us we unite ourselves with the Cross of Christ.

Duration:00:14:39

Weak, Sick, Poor, Tired: A Story for Losers

2/2/2019
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Elder Zacharias of Essex says that the "way of shame is the way of the Lord." Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at how our weakness is, in fact, the path of our salvation.

Duration:00:09:27

Saving My Neighbor

12/22/2018
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Just how connected are we? Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the classical understanding of human connectedness and what it means for our salvation.

Duration:00:16:18

Hell, Justice and the Heart of Prayer

12/12/2018
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Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the story of Abraham and the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah as a means of understanding our prayers for the world.

Duration:00:11:45

The Sacrifice of Worship

10/30/2018
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Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the meaning of Worship, as understood in the Scriptures and the Tradition, connecting it with the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament, and Christ's sacrifice on the Cross in the New.

Duration:00:13:54

The Community We All Need

10/4/2018
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Community is rooted in a mutual need, and so depends on our weakness. Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us that this is God's intention for the Church.

Duration:00:11:31

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