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Sunday, December 28, 2008

From Wittenberg to Antioch

This is from the podcast The Illumined heart.

As seen from the website:
"A fascinating interview with Fr. Gregory Hogg, an Antiochian priest in Western Michigan. Fr. Gregory was a Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor and professor for 22 years before coming to Orthodoxy. He also recently spoke at the Faith of our Fathers colloquium for Lutherans on Eastern Orthodoxy and his lecture along with many others will soon be available for download on Ancient Faith Radio."

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Anonymous said...

Pray for me a sinner,
Father Bless,
Gleanings from Orthodox authors and Holy Fathers,
Most people desire and seek after prosperity in this life,
and they strive to avoid sorrows. While that seems very good and pleasant,
constant prosperity and good fortune do a person harm.
He falls into a variety of passions and sins,
and angers the Lord,
while those who live a life of sorrow come closer to the Lord and more readily attain unto salvation,
for the Lord called the life of happiness the broad path.
The wide gates and the broad way lead to destruction,
and many there be who take that way (Matthew 7:13). It is the narrow way and the strait gate which lead to life eternal,
and few there be who find it (Matthew 7:14).
Thus, according to His love for us,
seeing the possible benefit [of sorrows] to those who are worthy, the Lord moves many off the broad road and puts them on the narrow, sorrowful path,
so that in [their] patient endurance of sickness and sorrow, He might effect their salvation and grant them life eternal. Counsels of Venerable ''St. Makary (Ivanov)'' of Optina
Pray for me a sinner,

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