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Podvig: A Russian Orthodox term defined as “spiritual struggle." "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. - Luke 9:23 KJV St. Theophan the Recluse defines our entire Christian life as podvig. He explains that the spirit hates sin, while the flesh dwells in it. How is this battle within ourselves to be resolved? Through podvig, that spiritual struggle of bringing the soul into mastery over the body. Support this podcast: https://anchor. ...
 
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Psalms 103:2 describes God as one: “Who cover[s] [Himself] with light as with a garment…”God’s first creation was light. Genesis 1:3 But it is not until verse 14 that God creates the heavenly bodies in the firmament that give off light. There was light before there were lights.This makes sense. We know there was light before there was creation at a…
 
It's been a few weeks since I posted an episode. Forgive me. There's been a lot going on over that time and now Orthodox Christmas is upon us. For about 12 days recently I was stricken with a debilitating health issue. I endured a lot of pain and required a cane just to walk for several of those days. One night last week I couldn't sleep because of…
 
In the Unseen Warfare, Saints Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain and Theophan the Recluse tell us that “the enemy watches [us] constantly, waiting for an opportunity to sow evil in [us].” They implore us, “be doubly watchful over yourself, lest you fall in the nets spread for you.” St. Maximos the Confessor observes that “God allows the demons to attac…
 
Acquiring patience is a hard lesson and one that persists to the end of our earthly sojourn. In the Church, patience is considered a virtue. St. Paul famously lists patience in his discourse on the fruit of the spirit. Noah Webster defined Patience as The suffering of afflictions, pain, toil, calamity, provocation or other evil, with a calm, unruff…
 
“The heart is but a small vessel; and yet dragons and lions are there, and there likewise are poisonous creatures and all the treasures of wickedness; rough, uneven paths are there, and gaping chasms. There also is God, there are the angels, there life and the Kingdom, there light and the apostles, the heavenly cities and the treasures of grace: al…
 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! In this episode, I’d like to tell you about America’s actual First Thanksgiving. In the spring of 1618, four gentlemen met in London, England, to negotiate the formation of a new company, The Berkeley Company, and to start a town and plantation in the colony of Virginia. They had received a grant from King James I for 8…
 
“The saints,” says St. Silouan the Athonite, “were people like all of us. Many of them came out of great sins, but by repentance, they attained the Kingdom of Heaven. And everyone who comes there comes through repentance, which the merciful Lord has given us through His sufferings.”This is but an echo of Our Lord’s answer when asked if few will be …
 
To what extent does one pursue physical healing? To what lengths should one go? When should one stop such a pursuit and simply rely on God’s providence? How do we obtain the phronema or the mind of the Church with respect to our own bodily suffering?The lives of the saints suggest that there is no singular answer to these questions other than to st…
 
You may be aware of the following quote from St. Silouan the Athonite: "Keep thy mind in hell, and despair not." But do you know the context of that quote? Check out this episode to learn about it and stay for the timeless wisdom of a beloved Siant, whose humility and love for God and man stand as a shining beacon for us all. The episode is a serie…
 
According to St. Seraphim of Sarov, “Just as the Lord is solicitous about our salvation, so too the murderer of men, the devil, strives to lead a man into despair…” Being exposed by our sins should humble us. It should bring us to blessed tears of repentance. But we must never ever sink into despair. In order to receive the promise of adoption, we …
 
St. Dyonisuis the Areopagite, a greek convert to Christianity in the 1st century when St. Paul preached in Athens at the Areopagus, said that: “[E]vil is Non-Existent.” This may seem to be a mind-bending concept, but we can look to Genesis Chapter 1 to help explain this concept: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth wa…
 
Since the undertaking of a podvog involves the acceptance of sufferiung and the practice of self-sacrifice, let us briefly address, at least briefly, the different perspectives of suffering as it relates to salvation in Eastern Orthodoxy as opposed to Western Christianity. In Orthodox Christianity, suffering has no intrinsic value and does not disc…
 
“[I]n the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33Certainly, we can rightly abhor suffering and physical death, which are the result of sin, but we cannot, as Christians, be afraid of or avoid either one of them. Patiently enduring one’s cross for the sake of love is the only path to the Kingdom …
 
A sermon by St. John Maximovich of Shanghai and San Francisco in Serbia in 1928 on St. Seraphim of Sarov. The sermon is as applicable to us today as it was then. As in the time of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, the royal martyrs, we too, find ourselves on some sort of precipice. Something in the world is changing around us such that we can sense,…
 
This week, I share a story from an Elder on Mt. Athos about a layman who undertook a podvig (spiritual struggle) in simple obedience, which resulted in a miraculous spiritual accomplishment. We also learn of the dangers of pride in such instances. "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with…
 
Genesis tells us that man was created according to the image and likeness of God. St John of Damascus said ‘The expression according to the image indicates rationality and freedom, while the expression according to the likeness indicates assimilation to God through virtue.’ In the garden, mankind was adorned with all virtue, but it was lost as a re…
 
In this inaugural episode I briefly explain the history of the concept of podvig, outline it's aim as the struggle for true freedom, and set the stage for future meditations on this integral spiritual discipline. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thepodvigpod/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thepodvigpod/support…
 
1 Peter 4:12-13"Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy" Hello and welcome to Podvig. I'm Joel Dunn. What is Podvig? Essent…
 
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