Friday, November 30, 2012

Fear and Fear

St Dorotheos of Gaza
Dear Students and Friends,

Did you know there are many kinds of fear? Here are two podcasts that discuss two "fears": fear of the future and fear of God. Have a listen and receive 1 credit for each podcast you listen to. Simply listen, fill out the Podcast worksheet, and email it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit!

Podcast on Special Moments in Orthodoxy: NO MORE TWINKIES! That was this week’s top selling “bad news” among business closings and economic downsizing. The coming “Fiscal Cliff” seems to be all-consuming these days and most Americans watch the daily news with fear and anxiety for an unknown economic future. But as Christians we do not need to fear the economic future, cliff or no cliff. So long as we keep our hearts focused upon Jesus Christ, we will safely pass through any trial and enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Listen now.

Join Fr. David Smith this week on Harmony of Thunder. In the Divine Liturgy, when the priest summons the people to Holy Communion, he sings, “With fear of God, and faith, and love, draw ye near.” Does it seem odd to you that the first thing mentioned is fear?  In his sermon “On the Fear of God,” St. Dorotheos of Gaza explores the need of all Christians to fear God. This great desert saint wanted to impart to the monks under his care the supreme importance of understanding what it meant to fear God as a part of the spiritual life. This week's Harmony of Thunder listens in as he preaches his "On the Fear of God" sermon.  Don't miss it!" Listen now.

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