Philokalia

Philokalia

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Philokalia Study Group


6 comments:

  1. I hope you continue to post these podcasts every week. I look forward to hearing the next ones.

    May the Virgin Mary with her loving Child Bless you!

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  2. I just finished listening to the first meeting of the group. This is a wonderful project! I'll be reading and listening from Raleigh. God bless, LFW

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  3. Just tuned in to the podcasts, enjoying them, good quesions and discussions from those attendng the class. Any chance of that the handouts given to the class be posted on this website?

    Thanks,

    Wayne

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  4. I just want to say thanks again for creating the study group and posting the podcasts. I have been interested in the Philokalia and spiritual disciplines generally for some time, but I have also resisted the spiritual life for a number of reasons. First, I am fairly Reformed in my theology, and while I believe that discipleship and sanctification are crucial to the life of faith, I have the typical Reformed allergies to anything that looks like works and that can't be clearly demonstrated from Scripture by means of simple proof-texts. Moreover, I was afraid that I would overly romanticize the spiritual life, become obsessed with spiritual disciplines for their own sake, and drift even farther from Christ. However, listening to these podcasts and reading both the Coniaris book and the Philokalia itself has helped me to see that the relevant spiritual disciplines can be found in Scripture, that tradition isn't always such a bad thing, and that the risks of doing nothing far outweigh the risks of doing something. I have also come to accept that we will make mistakes in the spiritual life, as we will make mistakes in life generally. But God has given us His Spirit, and He will guide those who seek Him. Anyway, I've now made a serious, lifelong commitment to the spiritual life, something I doubt that I would have done without the podcast. Thanks again, and God bless.

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    2. Leslie, I am very pleased that you have found the group helpful. Growing up my own background precluded exposure to the spiritual tradition of the Church let alone the writings of the Eastern fathers. I am grateful to have had the opportunity over the years to spend the time with them and also to have good spiritual counsel along the way.

      I have to admit I was initially hesitant about the use of a blog or podcasting, but your email and the thoughts of the others above have certainly made me rethink how the internet can provide good opportunities for not only spiritual growth but contact with others seeking to live the faith and who love Christ.

      Please feel free to send any comments, questions, thoughts or observations along for myself and the rest of the group. We would all love to have your input. Let me know also if you think there is anything that would improve our approach or be helpful for those following along through the podcasts.

      God bless,

      Fr. David

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