Be sure to watch this video from July 2018
19th All American Council: For the Life of the World
This video was broadcast on CBS just after Fr. Alexander fell asleep in the Lord.
It includes rare video excerpts of Fr. Schmeman teaching and is narrated by Fr. Thomas Hopko
The Spirit of St. Vladimir's
Copies of For the Life of the World are available in our bookstore for $18.
Kindle copies are availble from Amazon for $2.99
A very long ago, someone who could only come to a few Wednesday discussions, but was especially interested in the books we were discussing, asked if I could post the recordings. For years afterward I edited our Wednesday discussions so as to make sure they took the least amount of time to listen to, and then posted them. On checking, I found that the recordings were seldom if ever listened to. Although I do still keep the recordings, and they are available on request, I've stopped editing and posting them as this is very time consuming. The other day I had a request to hear the recording of our discussion on the sacrament of repentance. This is the full recording.
Volume Five of St. Paisios' Spiritual Counsels: Passions and Virtues
Special Link: Superman, by Jean Shepherd
Jean Shepherd was a writer, and radio and TV personality of the early 1960s. He is considered to be one of the then greatest American humorists, along with Mark Twain. He's probably most famous today for the movie classic, A Christmas Story.
His radio broadcast, Superman, is one of the best explanations of how the development of a strong ego-personality became, and continues to be, one of the bogus ways of building ourselves up to deal in a spiritually negative way with others. This is well worth listening to. It is clearly and directly related to St. Paisios' point about how it is possible to develop our natural virtues in a negative way.
Wednesday, Feb 8th: Chapter 5, The Idealized [self] Image, Pt5
Wednesday, Feb 1st: Chapter 5, The Idealized [self] Image, Pt 4
Wednesday, Jan 25th: Chapter 5, The Idealized [self] Image, Pt 3
Wednesday, Jan 18th: Chapter 5, The Idealized [self] Image, Pt 2
Wednesday, Jan 11th: Chapter 5, The Idealized [self] Image, Pt 1
Wednesday, Dec 14th: Chapter 4, Moving Away From People, Pt 2
Wednesday, Nov 30th: Chapter 3, Moving Against People
Wednesday, Nov 16th: Chapter 2, Part 3 & Chapter 3 Intro
Wednesday Nov 9th: Chapter 2, Part 2: Moving Toward People
Wednesday Oct 19th: Chapter 2, Part 1: Moving Toward People
Wednesday Oct 12th: Chapter 1, Part 3: Blocked in Spite of Our Efforts
Wednesday, Oct 5th: Chapter 1, Part 2: The Position of the Soul
Wednesday, Sep 28th: Chapter 1, Part 1: A Dive Into Ourselves
Audio of Discussions
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
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
Scanned text of the Introduction: The Essence & Meaning of Asceticism
Unless distractions become our focus, they are always a distraction from something.
Avoiding distraction is especially important when we are focused on:
- 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
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
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