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Talk 45: Are We Leading a Balanced Spiritual Life?

(MP3 duration: 3hrs 43mins) 

This talk is a continuation of Talks 43 and 44. Saint Seraphim of Sarov teaches that we acquire grace through doing good works, not for virtue’s sake, but for Christ’s sake. In these times, more than ever, there is great confusion about what are good works. In the media, celebrities are often portrayed as doers of good works such as helping the poor, donating to medical research, adopting children and encouraging others to donate to “worthy” causes.

In this talk, using the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes as a basis, Father Kosmas shows us what exactly is meant by good works. Furthermore, he explains that what the world considers to be good works are not necessarily recognised as good works by God. In order to avoid deception and to attain salvation, a balanced spiritual life is of utmost importance.

The following questions are also discussed: what is meant by “true Christianity consists of practicing the commandments”? What comes first, love for God or love for our neighbour? How can recognizing our lack of love be a good thing? Is it true that the Church encourages physical punishment of children? How does repentance relate to keeping the commandments? Why can focusing on certain aspects of Orthodoxy lead to deception and heresy?

Other points covered in this talk include: how the commandment to honor one’s father and mother surprisingly also refers to the upbringing of children; the deception of those who think that persecution is easy to endure; how not all anger is considered a sin; how the women’s liberation movement has done more harm than good; how the upbringing of children has become a forgotten or despised commandment; and how those who fight against ecumenism frequently lead their children into heresy.

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Format:
MP3
Duration:
3hrs 43mins
Speaker:
Priestmonk Kosmas
File Size:
153.7MB
Location:
St George Church, Carlton, Sydney
Date:
2 October 2011
Series:
Talks 43 to 45 & 48

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