During the Lenten Fast we must work for inner peace…


"During the Great Lenten Fast, each day brings on new challenges regarding the health of our soul. Trials and temptations, especially during this fast period, confront us. But we must struggle to bring about a peaceful heart, and bring forth the healing we need, that our soul gain spiritual strength. Reacting to another’s negativity does … Continue reading During the Lenten Fast we must work for inner peace…

The Tension That Keeps us Striving Towards Our Salvation…


"The most radical thing is to keep always the feeling of our own insufficiency in relation to God. Then we will enter a permanent state of tension between self-condemnation and the love of Christ, between repentance and hope in the mercy of God. On the one hand, we live in anguish at being so far … Continue reading The Tension That Keeps us Striving Towards Our Salvation…

Internal Peace


Peace comes through a sincere belief in God’s presence and in His promises; it is not dependent on our feelings or sensations. Believe in His promises and rest in His peace today. Elder Sophrony Sakharov I was working with a dear friend on letting go of the attachment or attraction I have to the feelings … Continue reading Internal Peace

Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives


  In her striving to follow the commandments of God, the only thoughts the Theotokos filled herself with those dedicated to God. She prepared her body and soul to be a pure vessel for the Lord. May we too fill our souls with the love of God and receive His Holy Spirit in the sanctified … Continue reading Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives

The Aquisition of the Holy Spirit – Step One: The Break with the World


The Break with the World: Step 1: Renunciation “A friend of God is one who lives in communion with all that is natural and free from sin and who does not neglect to do what good he can. The self-controlled man strives with all his might amidst the trials, the snares, the noise of the … Continue reading The Aquisition of the Holy Spirit – Step One: The Break with the World

Sensual Judgment and Curiosity, the Robbers of Our Communion with God and Inner Stillness, airing March 2015


Sensual Judgment and Curiosity The Robbers of Our Communion with God and Inner Stillness "Try to be free of curiosity, for it can defile stillness as nothing else can." St. John Climacus In this podcast Veronica examines the sensual aspect of our fallen nature and how our physical senses and curious tendencies can entice and … Continue reading Sensual Judgment and Curiosity, the Robbers of Our Communion with God and Inner Stillness, airing March 2015

Entering the Arena–Great Lent Begins Again, Podcast airing mid-Feb. 2015


Entering the Arena–Great Lent Begins Again It’s that time of year again most of us fear and love at the same time. Great Lent! One of my pastors said, ‘How we enter and participate in the first week of Lent is very important. Our struggles in the first week, in Pure Week, set the tone … Continue reading Entering the Arena–Great Lent Begins Again, Podcast airing mid-Feb. 2015