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Wednesday, September 21st:  Chap 5:  Beholding the Kingdom - Part #6

Wednesday, September 14th:  Chap 5:  Beholding the Kingdom - Part #5

Wednesday, August 31st:  Chap 5:  Beholding the Kingdom - Part #4

Wednesday, August 24th:  Chap 5:  Beholding the Kingdom - Part #3

Wednesday, August 17th:  Chap 5:  Beholding the Kingdom - Part #2

Wednesday, August 10th:  Chap 5:  Beholding the Kingdom - Part #1

Wednesday, August 3rd:  Chap 4:  Property and Work - Part #5

Wednesday, July 20th:  Chap4:  Property and Work - Part #4

Wednesday, July 6th:  Chap4:  Property and Work - Part #3

Wednesday, June 29th:  Chap4:  Property and Work - Part #2

Wednesday, June 22nd:  Chap4:  Property and Work - Part #1

Wednesday, June 15th:  Chap 3:  Marriage and Family - Part #5

Wednesday, June1st:  Chap 3:  Marriage and Family - Part #4

Wednesday, May 25:  Chap 3:  Marriage and Family - Part #3

Wednesday, May 18th:  Chap 3:  Marriage and Family - Part #2

Friday, April 22nd:  Chap 3:  Marriage and Family - Part #1

Friday, April 15th: Chap 2: Society - Part #7 - The Kingdom Through the World

Friday, April 8th:  Chap 2:  Society - Part #6 - Even More On Patience

Archimandrite Sophrony of Essex on the Jesus Prayer

Friday, April 1st:  About the Jesus Prayer with Psalmody

Friday, April 1st:  Chap 2: Society - Part #5 - More On Patience

Wednesday, March 16th: Chap 2: Society - Part #4 - On Patience

Wednesday, March 9th:  Chap2:  Society - Part #3 - On Compassion

Wednesday, March 2nd:  Chap2:  Society - Part #2 - The Goal of Life in Society

Wednesday, February 24th: Chap #2: Society - Part #1 - The Goal of Life in Society

Wednesday, February 17th: Chap #1: Theoria

Wednesday, February 3rd:  Chap #1:  Intellectual Virtues - Detachment, Discernment, Discretion, Humilty, Balance

Wednesday, January 27th:  Chap #1:  The Goal & Telos of Christian Life

Wednesday, January 13th:  Preface

Click here to see the original text of John Cassian's Conferences with Abbot Moses and the other Fathers of the Desert he spoke with in the Fourth Century.

THE STRUGGLE FOR VIRTUE: Asceticism in a Modern Secular Society - +Averky
"Distractions, like butterflies are buzzin' round my head."

Unless distractions become our focus, they are always a distraction from something.
Avoiding d
istraction is especially important when we are focused on:

  • Driving
  • Reading
  • Performing
  • Guarding the Heart [this can be done "in the background" - it is an aid to focus, not a distraction]
  • Praying [can be either up front, or in the background].
  • Serving the Divine Liturgy Together [something done corporately - that is, together]

But what if we begin to lose our ability to focus - on anything?

A short video to watch: Is the Internet Making Us Addicted to Distractions?
   You may be asked to "Activate Quick Time" by clicking on the link.
   Do that, and let me know if this video will not  play for you & I'll add other types of video files.

A short article to read:  Addicted to Distraction - Tony Schwartz

A short song by Sir Paul:  Distractions

        "Reflect on these things." - St. Paul

SPRING 2013: January 30th thru ...

A Series of Discussions following the Blessed Theophlact of Ochrid's Explanations of the Gospels

We'll follow the Calendar of readings, week by week, reflecting together on the Gospel & Theophact's explanations

JAN 28 - 30th - Mark 8:11-9:16

Jan 31 - Feb 13th - Mark 11:10 - 11:26

Feb 14 - 29th - Mark 11:27 - 12:37

Feb 28 - Mar 6 - Mark 13:31-15:1

Path to Sanity, by Dee Pennock

DISCUSSIONS:

     May 9th Discussion  Chap 1 thru Chap 2 Question 3

      May 16th Discussion  Begins with Chap 2 Question 4

      May 23rd Discussion
  Clarifies some points & moves to Chap 3 Question 2

      May 30th Discussion  Begins with Chap 3 Question 7

     June 6th Discussion  Begins with Chap 4

      June 13th Discussion  Begins with Chap 4 Question 5

      June 20th Discussion  Begins with Chap 5

      June 27th Discussion  Begins with Chap 5 Question 6

      July 4th Discussion  Clarifies some points & moves to Chap 5 Question 12

      July 11th Discussion Chapter 6

      August 1st Discussion  Begins with Chap 7

      August 8th Discussion  Begins with Chap 7 Question 6

      August 15th Discussion  Chapter 8

      August 22nd Discussion - Chapter 9

      August 29th Discussion - Chapter 10

       September 5th Discussion Begins with Chapter 10, Question 6

       September 12th Discussion Begins with Chapter 11

       September 19th Discussion Begins with Chapter 11, Question 8

       September 26th Discussion - Chapter 12, Questions 1 - 7

       October 3rd Discussion - Chapter 12, Longsuffering (Longanimity), then Questions 8 &9

       October 10th Discussion - Chapter 12, Questions 10 - 12

Beginning to Pray - Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

 Wednesday night discussion:  2-22-2012
Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, Beginning to Pray, Chapter #4 - Managing Time

Wednesday night discussion:  2-16-2012
Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, Beginning to Pray, Chapter #3 - Going Inward