Fr. Thomas takes a second look at the story of The Prodigal Son, this time focusing on the meaning of The Father's House.
In the first of two meditations on the story known as The Prodigal Son, Fr. Tom takes a look at the three characters in the drama.
Fr. Tom teaches on the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee as we prepare for the Lenten season.
Fr. Hopko explains that this feast marks the end of the Winter Pascha and the beginning of the season of repentance.
What do Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom mean to the Orthodox Church? Try "light, wisdom, and pastoral care." Fr. Hopko explains why we celebrate these unique and holy men.
As we bring the month of January to a close, Fr. Tom thinks back on the spiritual fathers we have celebrated during this month in particular, St. Anthony. The following resources were recommended: Saying of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical CollectionTranslated by Sister Benedicta Ward The Arena:
Fr. Tom recorded this on Jan 21 - the day after the inauguration of President Barak Obama and the day before the March for Life in Washington DC. He draws on Scripture, Tradition and St. Maximus to help us know how to react to rampant abortions in our world.
There are radical differences in John's baptism, the baptism that Jesus' disciples were doing before Jesus was crucified, and the baptism that came afterward. Fr. Tom helps us understand how our baptism is a baptism with fire.
Fr. Tom came down sick just before Theophany this year so he offers this very helpful meditation a few days after the feast.
Enthroned on high with the Eternal Father and Your divine Spirit, O Jesus, You willed to be born on earth of the unwedded handmaid, your Mother. Therefore You were circumcised as an eight-day old Child. Glory to Your most gracious counsel; glory to Your dispensation; glory to Your condescension, O o