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    Flame in the Mind (Part 9)

    Fr. Gabriel discusses what happened over the course of the ...

    Fr. Gabriel discusses what happened over the course of the centuries to contribute both to the demise of a catechetical process and, particularly in the western church, a re-definition of the process through a number of different understandings that arose

    Jun 24, 2015 Read more
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    Flame in the Mind (Part 8)

    In this episode, Fr. Gabriel leads us through the consideration ...

    In this episode, Fr. Gabriel leads us through the consideration of the catechetical process as it would have been developed by the end of the 4th or beginning of the 5th Century, emphasizing the instruction that would have taken place in three key areas k

    Jun 10, 2015 Read more
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    Flame in the Mind (Part 7)

    Baptism—the washing itself—is central to the "awe-inspiring rites of initiation." ...

    Baptism—the washing itself—is central to the "awe-inspiring rites of initiation." This week Fr. Gabriel explores the biblical background to baptism in the Old Testament, looks at the immediate background for Christian baptism in the rites available at the

    May 26, 2015 Read more
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    Flame in the Mind (Part 6)

    This week Fr. Gabriel narrates a composite view of the ...

    This week Fr. Gabriel narrates a composite view of the "awe-inspiring rites of initiation" as they may have been experienced around the turn of the 4th and 5th Centuries. Although this narrative is a fabrication, it follows quite closely what we know abou

    May 13, 2015 Read more
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    Flame in the Mind (Part 5)

    This week Fr. Gabriel surveys what we can discern of ...

    This week Fr. Gabriel surveys what we can discern of a catechetical process already within the pages of the New Testament, with a brief look backward at the concept emerging in the Old Testament. What we find when we look at the New Testament is really tw

    Apr 29, 2015 Read more
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    Flame in the Mind (Part 4)

    This week Fr. Gabriel discusses the meaning of ritual from ...

    This week Fr. Gabriel discusses the meaning of ritual from a number of angles with insights from Mary Douglas and Ron Grimes, scholars of ritual. He moves from there to discuss the four types of Christian ritual and then launches into a discussion of Ritu

    Apr 15, 2015 Read more
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    Flame in the Mind (Part 3)

    In this segment, Fr. Gabriel discusses church as a community ...

    In this segment, Fr. Gabriel discusses church as a community both wrapped around and enwrapped by the Blessed Holy Trinity. We enter this community through a shared set of symbols, image, and rituals, and these bind us to one another in love. With the dim

    Apr 1, 2015 Read more
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    Flame in the Mind (Part 2)

    Before we move on to consider historical models for catechesis, ...

    Before we move on to consider historical models for catechesis, we have to confront the major difficulty with the entire process. That is this: We are attempting to say the unsayable, think the unthinkable, and express the inexpressible. We are trying to

    Mar 16, 2015 Read more
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    Flame in the Mind - Catechesis for a New Century

    Fr Gabriel returns after a hiatus with a new series. ...

    Fr Gabriel returns after a hiatus with a new series. We Orthodox Christians profess our faith in a context of diminished understandings of all forms of Christianity, when a plethora of religious institutions claim to be "church," and when people have an a

    Mar 4, 2015 Read more
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    Books That Touch Your Heart and Mind (Part 21)

    Israel is very much in the news these days. The ...

    Israel is very much in the news these days. The Gaza Conflict, the never-ending attempt at a peace process, the rise of anti-Semitism and the turn against Israel in recent years are very much upon us. As Christians we have a sense that Israel is our spiri

    Oct 17, 2014 Read more
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