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”
Most of us are not thrilled about fasting – which part of the struggle we all confront when we begin a fast. How do we joyfully and thankfully approach fasting? How do we prepare ourselves to receive Christ into the manger of our souls? How can the Mary be a guide to us this Advent? … Continue reading Drawing closer to the Mother of God during Advent, Part I airing on OCN mid-Nov.
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
“Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in heaven.” “When the military … Continue reading Podcast on Martyrdom, In support of our persucuted brethren in Christ,
Faith vs. Knowledge Part 2 It is not that knowledge is blameworthy, but that faith is higher… What are the distinctions in knowledge; in which degree (when knowledge returns to its primary aim – the spiritual life) it comes into its nature and by its good discipline (fasting, alms, vigils, holiness… … Continue reading Faith vs. Knowledge Part 2, Podcast airing July 16th on Pearls of Great Price, 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
Humility Christ is Risen! In Truth He is Risen! “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 18:4) "How is it that the Saints never recognize their saintliness? Simply put: they see themselves in comparison … Continue reading Humility, airing May 21, 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
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
Why did I write my Pearl of Great Price? This passage is taken from the sequel to my Pearl, In Christ, I am a New Creation. I hope to finish and begin the process of publishing my second book this year. Since all illness has a spiritual component to it, I understood that I was … Continue reading What motivated me to write about my life and conversion to Eastern Orhtodox Christianity?