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Fr. Michael Gillis reflects on the inner life of Orthodox Christians. Drawing on the wisdom of both ancient and contemporary Church Fathers, Fr. Michael ponders the struggles, the ironies, and the disciplines of the spiritual life.

Praying in the Rain Fr. Michael Gillis, and Ancient Faith Ministries

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

Fr. Michael Gillis reflects on the inner life of Orthodox Christians. Drawing on the wisdom of both ancient and contemporary Church Fathers, Fr. Michael ponders the struggles, the ironies, and the disciplines of the spiritual life.

    Death Does Not Come for Coffee

    Death Does Not Come for Coffee

    What will we finally say when death visits us - and not for coffee?

    • 10 min
    The Problem With Vainglory

    The Problem With Vainglory

    One of the problems with vainglory, according to St. Isaac the Syrian, is that “it hands that person over to” either fornication or pride. But before we can talk about how vainglory hands one over to either fornication or pride, we need to understand what vainglory is. Nowadays the word vain means to have a high opinion of oneself, but that is not what it originally meant, nor what it means in the Bible or in the hymnology of the Church. This is why many English-speaking Orthodox Christians have no idea what vainglory means.

    • 11 min
    The Art of Humility

    The Art of Humility

    There is strength in humility.

    • 10 min
    How Could God Allow...

    How Could God Allow...

    "How could God let his representatives get away with such things?"

    • 11 min
    Same Sex Attraction and Three Desert Fathers

    Same Sex Attraction and Three Desert Fathers

    We live in a generation that has been taught to tie their personal identity to their imagined sexual preferences. Consequently, it is difficult to help people who struggle with sexual passions to find hope and repentance. However, the teaching of holy fathers such as St. Isaac the Syrian and St. Barsanuphius of Gaza provide a very helpful alternative to the world’s way of thinking about such passions. For these saints, same-sex attraction is a passion like any other. It is not part of one’s identity, but is a parasitical passion, resisted and struggled against as all other passions are.

    • 10 min
    A Bit on Illumination

    A Bit on Illumination

    "We have to read with discernment and humility."

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

NDE001 ,

Profound wisdom and humility

I always benefit from Fr. Michael's rare podcasts. I wish they were more frequent, but if they were they probably wouldn't be as wise. They always are a gift to me - confirming something I've sensed but couldn't enunciate, or pointing to a truth my mind and heart were too fogged up to perceive. I especially love his takes on St. Isaac the Syrian, one of my favorite saints. Not many people whom I've run across are as good as Fr. Michael is at explaining the hidden gems in St. Isaac's writings.

AAAZCFDRE ,

Incredible wisdom

Two episodes in and the insight and wisdom is just so apparent!

scm_one ,

Wisdom.

I’ve benefited a lot from this podcast and Fr. Michael’s wisdom. Highly recommended.

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