Mary, the First Hesyachist – Part II – “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart”


Mary, the First Hesyachist Part II “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” While in the womb of the Advent Fast, awaiting the birth of Christ, let us enter into the prayer life of the Theotokos, whom St. Gregory Palamas called the first hesyachist and reflect on the value of … Continue reading Mary, the First Hesyachist – Part II – “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart”

Part 2 on Prayer, The Reverent Approach to Loving Union with God, airing August 20th


Part 2 on Prayer The Reverent Approach to Loving Union with God       If we live in the world – we most likely are struggling with our prayer life. How can we transform our prayers so that they are more meaningful? How can we focus our mind in our hearts so that we … Continue reading Part 2 on Prayer, The Reverent Approach to Loving Union with God, airing August 20th

“Enter into thy closet and shut the door.” Matt. 6:6, The first in a Series on Internal Prayer


  Internal Prayer and Finding One's Deep Heart       St. Veronica When I wrote this post it was my name's day old calendar! "Those who only hear about spiritual meditation and prayer and have no direct knowledge of it are like a man blind from birth, who hears about the sunshine without ever … Continue reading “Enter into thy closet and shut the door.” Matt. 6:6, The first in a Series on Internal Prayer

Faith and Illumination, airing June 18th on OCN


    Faith and Illumination The Holy Spirit has descended! From heaven to earth!           In this second podcast about Faith, during the season of Holy Spirit, we will explore the relationship between faith and illumination, our regeneration in grace, and our second baptism. My resources for this podcast are: St. … Continue reading Faith and Illumination, airing June 18th on OCN

Faith vs. Knowledge Part 1, Podcast Airing on OCN, July 2nd


   Faith vs. Knowledge Part I Why is it so challenging sometimes to have faith? What does worldly knowledge have to do with our lack of faith? Let’s find out!         I am so inspired about our podcast today! When my husband read Homily 52 by St. Isaac the Syrian to me … Continue reading Faith vs. Knowledge Part 1, Podcast Airing on OCN, July 2nd

First of two podcast on Obedience and Humility, airing May 7th on OCN


Part I - Obedience Christ is Risen! In Truth He is Risen!           When researching for this podcast I realized that I could not talk about humility without first speaking about obedience, for according to many of the Holy Fathers, from obedience comes humility. “Obedience and humility go hand-in-hand. They feed … Continue reading First of two podcast on Obedience and Humility, airing May 7th on OCN

The first building block of our regeneration by Grace is Love, Podcast 4/2/2014 on OCN


PODCAST 4/2/14 - ABOUT LOVE "For love is of God and everyone that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that does not love, does not know God, for God is love. (John 4: 7-8) A summary of my commentary: The first essential building block in our efforts to be cooperative with God … Continue reading The first building block of our regeneration by Grace is Love, Podcast 4/2/2014 on OCN

“Prayer”, Airing 4/16/14, Veronica’s next podcast on OCN


                  PRAYER Summary of Veronica's Commentary: The second building block in our cooperation with God in our regeneration by grace is PRAYER. Cooperation implies communication, respect, intimacy and love.  All of these need to present when we pray. The Orthodox Church has given us a starting structure … Continue reading “Prayer”, Airing 4/16/14, Veronica’s next podcast on OCN

Part 2 of Homily 52 by St. Issac the Syrian, the degrees of knowledge


          No matter how many times I read Homily 52, especially concerning the degrees of knowledge, I am reminded how captured I am by what I know and how challenging, yet fulfilling and inspiring staying connected to one's faith is by comparison. What I know is so ingrained in my being! … Continue reading Part 2 of Homily 52 by St. Issac the Syrian, the degrees of knowledge

Miracles thanks to St John of Shanghai and San Francisco, a passage from Veronica’s book


From The Pearl of Great Price, Part II, Chapter 1, Greg's Epiphany (Greg is Veronica's husband.) In the fall of 1994, Greg attended a conference at St. Paisius Monastery (then in Forestsville, CA) where clergy and lay people from the brotherhood gathered from all over the United States to study and pray together. Someone asked … Continue reading Miracles thanks to St John of Shanghai and San Francisco, a passage from Veronica’s book