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How should we reflect on calamity and disasters like what was experienced in Haiti from a Christian perspective? Is God exacting judgment or is there another explanation? Fr. Tom Hopko helps us think this through.<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Thomas takes a second look at the story of The Prodigal Son, this time focusing on the meaning of The Father's House.<div class="feedflare">
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Today Fr. Tom talks about theological formulation and explanation in the Orthodox Christian Church.<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Tom was unable to attend the March for Life rally in Washington DC earlier this week but he did think about what he would have said had he been given the opportunity to speak.<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Hopko explains that this feast marks the end of the Winter Pascha and the beginning of the season of repentance.<div class="feedflare">
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In part 3 of the Darwin series, Fr. Tom explores the Darwin era and what was happening at that time in Christianity.<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Tom continues his series on Darwin and Christianity. This is part 2.<div class="feedflare">
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What is the relationship between the concepts of natural selection and Christian theology? Fr. Tom begins a series of reflections on Charles Darwin and what he has learned in his research may surprise you!<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Tom Hopko talks about St. Seraphim's conversation with Nicholas Motovilov on "acquisition of the Holy Spirit."<div class="feedflare">
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St. Seraphim of Sarov taught that the aim of the Christian life is to live by the Spirit of God. Today Fr. Tom explores the acquisition of the Holy Spirit.<div class="feedflare">
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From the Speaking the Truth in Love archives, Fr. Tom Hopko offers this very helpful meditation on the feast of Theophany.<div class="feedflare">
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Enthroned on high with the Eternal Father and Your divine Spirit,
O Jesus, You willed to be born on earth of the unwedded handmaid, your Mother.
Therefore You were circumcised as an eight-day old Child.
Glory to Your most gracious counsel;
glory to Your dispensation;
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In a new reflection, Fr. Thomas Hopko teaches about the virgin birth and the significance of this Orthodox dogma on the identify of Christ.<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Thomas Hopko presents a meditation on how the liturgical services of Christmas and Epiphany pattern those of the Christ’s Holy Pascha of Easter.<div class="feedflare">
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What is the significance of all of those "begats" in the Gospel lesson just before Nativity? Fr. Tom breaks it down for us in the current episode.<div class="feedflare">
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On the 1st two Sundays before Christmas, we commerate and sing about all of the faithful throughout the ages who prepared for the birth of Christ. Fr. Tom references the book "Surprised by Chris"t by Fr. A. James Bernstein which is available from Conciliar Press.<div class="feedflare">
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We are invited like Philip invited Nathaniel to “come and see”, really see as we fix our hearts and minds on Christ the Savior during this paschal lenten season.<div class="feedflare">
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On a beautiful fall afternoon at the family home in Canada, Fr. Tom is reflecting on the disparity between the beauty of God's creation and the tremendous suffering happening in the world.<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Tom encourages us to remember the place of gratitude and thanksgiving in the Christian life and tells us how we can go deeper and higher into the meaning of gratitude.<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Tom teaches on this significant feast at the beginning of the Nativity season.<div class="feedflare">
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