The Dance Between Temptations and Grace Part 1 "As the Vespers service finished, I reflected on the newly tonsured nuns. They had waited years for this moment. They had struggled and fought temptations, passions, bad thoughts, and here they were at the true beginning of their monastic life. Things would become harder, … Continue reading The Dance Between Temptations and Grace, Part 1
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
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 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 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
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
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 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
This is one the exquisite mountains we gaze upon from our mountain home overlooking the "Valley of the Dancing Angels (My husband gave this valley that name. When it is a cloudy day wisps of clouds float and dance in the valley resembling dancing angels.) We moved here in May to retire and deepen our … Continue reading Whatever prompted two people with fibromyalgia to move to a wilderness mountain top?
I am writing my sequel to the Pearl of Great Price - hopefully I will not need 9 drafts and 6 years to finish my sequel! I am amazed that when I am writing a book , I will be living similar experiences in the present that mirror what I was going through years prior … Continue reading Now and then….