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Parables of Community

English, Christianity, 1 season, 331 episodes, 19 hours, 46 minutes
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Stories of the lives of the people who come to St. John the Compassionate Mission, an apostolate of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese located in Toronto, Ontario.
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Reflections on Holy Week in the Community

Brother Luke reflects on Holy Week experiences in the community.
5/22/20240
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Scenes from Everyday Life at the Mission

Brother Luke reflects on some scenes from every day at the mission.
5/15/20240
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4.14.24 Seizures, Eclipses, and the Gospel Story of the Young Man Who was Possessed

A community member and Father Nicolaie each reflect on their experience with an aspect of the Gospel story of the young man who was possessed.
5/1/20240
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4.7.24 Giving of Ourselves Changes Us

It is always better to give than to receive. When we try to help other people, we tend to forget their need to also be able to give.
4/24/20240
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3.31.24 Forgiveness, Attentiveness, and Serving Christ

St. Gregory Palamas believed in beholding through prayer the uncreated energies of God. A young volunteer reveals to the community that this is not one quick event that pierces the soul. It is rather an encounter for the whole day.
4/17/20240
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3.28.24 Isaac's Passing (And How Mishaps Extend Community)

Frank (or Isaac, in the Church), a regular member of the community, passed away suddenly near the end of March. A mixup with his phone provided the community with the chance to learn of his passing, and opened the door for his daughter to share her grief with others who also loved her father.
4/10/20240
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3.20.24 Who are the Least of These?

A question recently posed at the mission caused Fr. Nicolaie to recall an experience he had when he was a teacher in Romania; and to reflect on how we each have our very own occasional "Emmaus" roads.
3/20/20240
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More Notes from the Underground

Brother Luke shares a collection of interactions and experiences from within the community.
3/13/20240
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3.3.24 Prayer, the Turning Point for Prodigals

In the heart of every prodigal son, at the time of prayer, God prepares a real place ready to offer hospitality to the one that is wounded.
3/6/20240
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2.18.24 The Faith of a Dog

Members of the community interact with the story of the Canaanite woman's faith, sharing their crumbs of wisdom.
2/28/20240
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March 3, 2024: Luke 15:11-32, Read for Older Children

2/26/20240
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2.11.24 Goodness on the Streets

Most servants are faithful with the talents entrusted to them. Even though broken and poor, they keep nothing for themselves. This is the reality of the gospel that we see within the community: there is an abundance of good done by the people.
2/21/20240
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People Look for Those Who Listen

When someone is in need, they seek to be listened to, to be heard by a heart that cares about their story and about the injustice done.
2/14/20240
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The Gift of Unity is Greater than the Gift of Healing

In today's generation, we do better to remain poor and in need of healing, but together in Christ; than to be healed alone and segregated through disunity. The community is learning this while walking with people like Judy.
2/7/20248 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Gift of Unity is Greater than the Gift of Healing

In today's generation, we do better to remain poor and in need of healing, but together in Christ; than to be healed alone and segregated through disunity. The community is learning this while walking with people like Judy.
2/7/20240
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Joys and Struggles at the Margins

Members of the community reflect on the margins of our existence; where seemingly-forgotten people dwell; and yet, in the margins is where they find their faith strengthening...
1/31/20240
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Joys and Struggles at the Margins

Members of the community reflect on the margins of our existence; where seemingly-forgotten people dwell; and yet, in the margins is where they find their faith strengthening...
1/31/20240
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The Streets at Night

Part of the Community's soul wanders the streets of Toronto at night. Tony and Hector share how, at night, both screaming and silence confront the one who lives on the streets, and how this reality has affected them.
1/24/20248 minutes, 39 seconds
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Theophany Brings New Life and Communion

The dynamis of Theophany is towards new life and communion. We see this in the community, as God is bringing healing to Jacob, while also opposing the flattening (or "alienation of the spirit") that so often happens in modern culture.
1/17/20244 minutes, 36 seconds
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Theophany Brings New Life and Communion

The dynamis of Theophany is towards new life and communion. We see this in the community, as God is bringing healing to Jacob, while also opposing the flattening (or "alienation of the spirit") that so often happens in modern culture.
1/17/20240
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Creativity and Community on the Path to Holiness

Both Hector and Mohamed share their wisdom, encouraging each person to use their God-given creativity and humbly open their hearts, in order to build community and open the door to holiness.
1/10/20247 minutes, 44 seconds
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Creativity and Community on the Path to Holiness

Both Hector and Mohamed share their wisdom, encouraging each person to use their God-given creativity and humbly open their hearts, in order to build community and open the door to holiness.
1/10/20240
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Silence at Nativity

The silence of God at Nativity invites the caring community to action and change.
1/3/20240
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Silence at Nativity

The silence of God at Nativity invites the caring community to action and change.
1/3/20249 minutes, 15 seconds
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The One Who is Unnoticed

The community welcomes a friend who reminds them of the woman "bent over for eighteen years" in St. Luke's Gospel. The ones who are unnoticed are a priority for God.
12/20/20234 minutes, 57 seconds
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The One Who is Unnoticed

The community welcomes a friend who reminds them of the woman "bent over for eighteen years" in St. Luke's Gospel. The ones who are unnoticed are a priority for God.
12/20/20230
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The Community and Clinical Depression

One story of a clinical depression sufferer's progress within the context of a welcoming community.
12/13/20234 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Community and Clinical Depression

One story of a clinical depression sufferer's progress within the context of a welcoming community.
12/13/20234 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Community and Clinical Depression

One story of a clinical depression sufferer's progress within the context of a welcoming community.
12/13/20230
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The Rich Man and the Poor Chased Girl

How do we understand the Parable of the Rich Man (and his barns), when the life of a poor soul is vanishing before our eyes?
11/29/20236 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Rich Man and the Poor Chased Girl

How do we understand the Parable of the Rich Man (and his barns), when the life of a poor soul is vanishing before our eyes?
11/29/20230
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Seeing Kindness in Toronto

Glimpsing the hope of the resurrection, modeled by the insights of one displaced by war.
11/23/20235 minutes, 54 seconds
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Seeing Kindness in Toronto

Glimpsing the hope of the resurrection, modeled by the insights of one displaced by war.
11/23/20230
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Beauty: the Hospitality of Holiness

One might say that the beauty of the poor is hard to spot. But one would be wrong... because in truth, beauty is the hospitality of holiness for the human being. And where do we find this hospitality more present than in the body of the poor? Take a look into Christine's joyful and deep blue eyes, to see for yourself.
11/15/20234 minutes, 21 seconds
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Beauty: the Hospitality of Holiness

One might say that the beauty of the poor is hard to spot. But one would be wrong... because in truth, beauty is the hospitality of holiness for the human being. And where do we find this hospitality more present than in the body of the poor? Take a look into Christine's joyful and deep blue eyes, to see for yourself.
11/15/20230
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The Eyes of a Person Who Is in His Right Mind

A handful of stories demonstrating how the repentance of the poor and downtrodden offers everyone a glimpse at the doors that lead to peace and life.
11/8/20236 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Eyes of a Person Who Is in His Right Mind

A handful of stories demonstrating how the repentance of the poor and downtrodden offers everyone a glimpse at the doors that lead to peace and life.
11/7/20230
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Notes from the Underground

Notes from the underground, written by Brother Luke.
8/28/20230
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Notes from the Underground

Notes from the underground, written by Brother Luke.
8/28/20236 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Prayer of a Suffering Parent Touches the Mercy of God

Reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie about the gospel story of the father of the demon-possessed boy.
8/16/20237 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Prayer of a Suffering Parent Touches the Mercy of God

Reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie about the gospel story of the father of the demon-possessed boy.
8/16/20230
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Pierced by Beauty

Reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie.
6/28/20237 minutes, 28 seconds
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Pierced by Beauty

Reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie.
6/28/20230
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Grace and Sanity

6/9/20230
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Grace and Sanity

6/9/20233 minutes, 44 seconds
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Too Much Joy?

A story written by Fr. Nicolaie.
6/2/20234 minutes, 25 seconds
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Too Much Joy?

A story written by Fr. Nicolaie.
6/2/20230
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Do You Want To Be Made Well?

Reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie.
5/10/20230
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Do You Want To Be Made Well?

Reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie.
5/10/20237 minutes, 33 seconds
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Stories from Bright Week

More stories, written by Brother Luke, from St. John the Compassionate Mission.
5/4/20230
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Stories from Bright Week

More stories, written by Brother Luke, from St. John the Compassionate Mission.
5/4/20235 minutes, 24 seconds
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Stories from Holy Week

Stories written by Brother Luke during Holy Week.
4/19/20230
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Stories from Holy Week

Stories written by Brother Luke during Holy Week.
4/19/202312 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Birthday, a Gift, an Apology, and a Mother's Love

More stories from volunteers at the mission.
3/29/20230
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A Birthday, a Gift, an Apology, and a Mother’s Love

More stories from volunteers at the mission.
3/29/20237 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Only Thing, Love in the Marketplace, the Amputation, and Reasons to Live

Stories from St. John the Compassionate Mission written by Brother Luke.
2/17/202310 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Only Thing, Love in the Marketplace, the Amputation, and Reasons to Live

Stories from St. John the Compassionate Mission written by Brother Luke.
2/17/20230
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The Leprosy of Our Time: We Pray and We Have Hope

Reflections from Fr. Nicolaie on the Sunday of the Grateful Leper.
2/3/20237 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Leprosy of Our Time: We Pray and We Have Hope

Reflections from Fr. Nicolaie on the Sunday of the Grateful Leper.
2/3/20230
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Two Profiles from Scarborough

Scarborough is the eastern part of Toronto where St. John the Compassionate has a church and a mission, called Good Neighbours.
1/16/20230
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Two Profiles from Scarborough

Scarborough is the eastern part of Toronto where St. John the Compassionate has a church and a mission, called Good Neighbours.
1/16/20233 minutes, 5 seconds
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Joys of the Mission

Stories shared by Brother Luke of St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/9/20234 minutes, 30 seconds
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Joys of the Mission

Stories shared by Brother Luke of St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/9/20230
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A Prayer of Welcome on the Occassion of Someone New Coming to Live with Us

A Prayer of Welcome on the Occassion of Someone New Coming to Live with Us, written by Brother Luke.
1/2/20234 minutes, 36 seconds
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A Prayer of Welcome on the Occassion of Someone New Coming to Live with Us

A Prayer of Welcome on the Occassion of Someone New Coming to Live with Us, written by Brother Luke.
1/2/20230
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God Is Love

Writings from Fr. Nicolaie for the Sunday before the Nativity.
12/19/202210 minutes, 25 seconds
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God Is Love

Writings from Fr. Nicolaie for the Sunday before the Nativity.
12/19/20220
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Eating Together Is Healing

Reflections about hospitality, written by Fr. Nicolaie.
12/12/20229 minutes, 13 seconds
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Eating Together Is Healing

Reflections about hospitality, written by Fr. Nicolaie.
12/12/20220
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Riches Are A Powerful Idol

Listen to reflections about the rich young man, written by Fr. Nicolaie.
12/5/202210 minutes, 13 seconds
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Riches Are A Powerful Idol

Listen to reflections about the rich young man, written by Fr. Nicolaie.
12/5/20220
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Emptying Ourselves to Make Room for Communion

Reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie for the Sixth Sunday of Luke: the story of the farmer who wanted to build more barns.
11/21/20229 minutes, 8 seconds
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Emptying Ourselves to Make Room for Communion

Reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie for the Sixth Sunday of Luke: the story of the farmer who wanted to build more barns.
11/21/20220
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From Many Hands to Christ’s Poor

The Mission will receive a relic of its patron, St. John the Merciful (Compassionate), and Fr. Nicolaie invites us to discover who we are by asking the least of these who we are.
11/10/20228 minutes, 26 seconds
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From Many Hands to Christ's Poor

The Mission will receive a relic of its patron, St. John the Merciful (Compassionate), and Fr. Nicolaie invites us to discover who we are by asking the least of these who we are.
11/10/20220
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Crumbs of Faith

Listen to reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie for the Fifth Sunday of Luke.
10/31/202210 minutes, 2 seconds
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Crumbs of Faith

Listen to reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie for the Fifth Sunday of Luke.
10/31/20220
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Bravery and Courage

Listen to reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie for the Sixth Sunday of Luke.
10/24/202214 minutes, 44 seconds
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Bravery and Courage

Listen to reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie for the Sixth Sunday of Luke.
10/24/20220
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Volunteering to Rebuild

Listen to Fr. Nicolaie's reflections on Ezra that he shared at the recent Volunteers Appreciation Night Celebration at the Mission.
10/7/20220
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Volunteering to Rebuild

Listen to Fr. Nicolaie's reflections on Ezra that he shared at the recent Volunteers Appreciation Night Celebration at the Mission.
10/7/20225 minutes, 42 seconds
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Good News on the Porch

"On Friday we tried to read the gospel on the stairs at the mission. We were not well organized and without structure. In spite of this, reading the gospel outside made us, even for a little while, to see and hear Jesus preaching to people in the light of the day, sitting in the boat." From reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie.
9/27/20220
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Good News on the Porch

"On Friday we tried to read the gospel on the stairs at the mission. We were not well organized and without structure. In spite of this, reading the gospel outside made us, even for a little while, to see and hear Jesus preaching to people in the light of the day, sitting in the boat." From reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie.
9/27/20228 minutes, 18 seconds
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Community Life

A snapshot of an afternoon at St. John the Compassionate Mission, written by Fr. Nicolaie.
9/19/20227 minutes, 58 seconds
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Community Life

A snapshot of an afternoon at St. John the Compassionate Mission, written by Fr. Nicolaie.
9/19/20220
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Glory to God for Dappled Things

Reflections written by Brother Luke.
9/16/20227 minutes, 15 seconds
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Glory to God for Dappled Things

Reflections written by Brother Luke.
9/16/20220
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A Communal Witness

Reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie.
9/12/20220
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A Communal Witness

Reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie.
9/12/20224 minutes, 18 seconds
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When you go to a banquet

Another story written by Brother Luke of St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto.
9/6/20220
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When you go to a banquet

Another story written by Brother Luke of St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto.
9/6/20223 minutes, 37 seconds
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Spreading Peace, One Interaction at a Time

Reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie, about communicating with a refugee, and Memory Eternal to Tom.
7/7/20220
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Spreading Peace, One Interaction at a Time

Reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie, about communicating with a refugee, and Memory Eternal to Tom.
7/7/202210 minutes, 6 seconds
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Worse than Indifference

Listen to reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie about M's experience with panhandling and the Church's loss.
7/5/20220
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Worse than Indifference

Listen to reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie about M's experience with panhandling and the Church's loss.
7/5/20224 minutes, 6 seconds
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Community Life and the Gospel

Fr. Nicolaie writes about forgiveness and loss at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
6/21/20220
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Speaking in Tongues: the Friday before Pentecost at the Mission

Fr. Nicolaie writes about language and communication--reflections on the Friday before Pentecost at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
6/21/20220
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Community Life and the Gospel

Fr. Nicolaie writes about forgiveness and loss at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
6/20/20228 minutes, 12 seconds
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Speaking in Tongues: the Friday before Pentecost at the Mission

Fr. Nicolaie writes about language and communication--reflections on the Friday before Pentecost at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
6/13/20223 minutes, 55 seconds
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Pilgrim of the Absolute

Meet three pilgrims who frequent St. John the Compassionate Mission; written by Brother Luke.
6/10/20220
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Pilgrim of the Absolute

Meet three pilgrims who frequent St. John the Compassionate Mission; written by Brother Luke.
6/10/20229 minutes, 10 seconds
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To ask for a blessing

Listen to reflections from Fr. Nicolaie at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
6/1/20220
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To ask for a blessing

Listen to reflections from Fr. Nicolaie at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
6/1/20223 minutes, 9 seconds
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What to expect

"The love he experienced, and still does, is deeper in his heart than the harm brought about by drugs."
5/16/20220
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What to expect

"The love he experienced, and still does, is deeper in his heart than the harm brought about by drugs."
5/16/20224 minutes, 9 seconds
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Stories from Bright Week

Listen to stories written by Brother Luke at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
5/12/20220
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Stories from Bright Week

Listen to stories written by Brother Luke at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
5/5/20229 minutes, 53 seconds
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Friday Afternoon at the Mission

Fr. Nicolaie writes about discussions and prayers from those gathered on a typical Friday afternoon at St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto.
4/8/20220
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Friday Afternoon at the Mission

Fr. Nicolaie writes about discussions and prayers from those gathered on a typical Friday afternoon at St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto.
4/8/20229 minutes, 41 seconds
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“Whoever Loses His Life…”

Listen to reflections by Fr. Nicolaie about those on the mission's "Hall of Fame" and the value of each person.
3/30/20220
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“Whoever Loses His Life…”

Listen to reflections by Fr. Nicolaie about those on the mission's "Hall of Fame" and the value of each person.
3/30/20228 minutes, 49 seconds
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Stories from Fr. Nicolaie

Listen to two stories from Fr. Nicolaie about people who spend time at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
3/22/20220
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Stories from Fr. Nicolaie

Listen to two stories from Fr. Nicolaie about people who spend time at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
3/22/20225 minutes, 8 seconds
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“...and no one gave him anything”

Listen to reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie for the Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
2/23/20220
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“...and no one gave him anything”

Listen to reflections written by Fr. Nicolaie for the Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
2/22/20227 minutes, 18 seconds
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Cold Winter Stories

Listen to stories about Mat and Hector enduring the cold Toronto winter, by Fr. Nicolaie.
2/2/20220
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Cold Winter Stories

Listen to stories about Mat and Hector enduring the cold Toronto winter, by Fr. Nicolaie.
2/2/20227 minutes, 30 seconds
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Christmas Day 2021

Join St. John the Compassionate Mission as they celebrate the feast of the Nativity of Christ our Saviour, as written by Brother Luke.
1/4/20220
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Christmas Day 2021

Join St. John the Compassionate Mission as they celebrate the feast of the Nativity of Christ our Saviour, as written by Brother Luke.
12/27/202112 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Poor Are Those Who Evangelize Us

Listen to stories and reflections from Fr. Nicolaie at St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto,
12/17/20210
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The Poor Are Those Who Evangelize Us

Listen to stories and reflections from Fr. Nicolaie at St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto,
12/17/20218 minutes, 6 seconds
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Windows to Heaven

Hear three short stories of people who are part of the community at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
12/10/20210
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Windows to Heaven

Hear three short stories of people who are part of the community at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
12/10/20217 minutes, 5 seconds
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A Little Bit Rich

Listen to reflections about what makes life rich, from Fr. Nicolaie at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
11/30/20210
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A Little Bit Rich

Listen to reflections about what makes life rich, from Fr. Nicolaie at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
11/30/20217 minutes, 28 seconds
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Crumbs from the Rich Man's Table

Listen to reflections and stories from Fr. Nicolaie at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
11/1/20210
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Crumbs from the Rich Man’s Table

Listen to reflections and stories from Fr. Nicolaie at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
11/1/20218 minutes, 56 seconds
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Breaking the Chains Does Not Make Us Free

Listen to reflections and stories from Fr. Nicolaie at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
11/1/20210
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Breaking the Chains Does Not Make Us Free

Listen to reflections and stories from Fr. Nicolaie at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
10/25/202110 minutes
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A Miracle of Tears

"Today, a tear coming from a heart that battles heavy addictions is as rare as the myrrh from a streaming icon. We are blessed to see and witness both at the mission." Fr. Nicolaie
10/20/20210
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A Miracle of Tears

"Today, a tear coming from a heart that battles heavy addictions is as rare as the myrrh from a streaming icon. We are blessed to see and witness both at the mission." Fr. Nicolaie
10/20/20217 minutes, 41 seconds
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Homecoming

Here are some more stories, written by Brother Luke, of those who are part of the St. John the Compassionate Mission community.
9/17/20210
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Homecoming

Here are some more stories, written by Brother Luke, of those who are part of the St. John the Compassionate Mission community.
9/17/20216 minutes, 46 seconds
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A Place to Belong

Hear five short stories of people who are part of the community at St. John the Compassionate Mission, as written by Brother Luke.
9/17/20210
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A Place to Belong

Hear five short stories of people who are part of the community at St. John the Compassionate Mission, as written by Brother Luke.
9/10/20218 minutes, 25 seconds
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“To testify where life is abandoned”

Listen to reflections from time at the Refuge and back in the city: gypsy moths, hydrangeas, and "keeping the water fresh."
8/18/20210
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“To testify where life is abandoned”

Listen to reflections from time at the Refuge and back in the city: gypsy moths, hydrangeas, and "keeping the water fresh."
8/18/20217 minutes, 39 seconds
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Remembering Kevin

The staff of St. John the Compassionate Mission remember Kevin's life and his death. May his memory be eternal.
7/13/20210
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Why do we go to the Refuge in the summer?

The Refuge is a place to refocus, pray, and plan, impacting the entire community associated with St. John the Compassionate Mission.
7/13/20210
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Why is this the time?

Listen to a short reflection about S., who is becoming a new person.
7/13/20210
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“I am a Christian. I have to do what is right and trust in God.”

Listen to a short reflection about R., whose life has been difficult as he lives for the Truth.
7/13/20210
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Remembering Kevin

The staff of St. John the Compassionate Mission remember Kevin's life and his death. May his memory be eternal.
7/12/20214 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why do we go to the Refuge in the summer?

The Refuge is a place to refocus, pray, and plan, impacting the entire community associated with St. John the Compassionate Mission.
7/5/20214 minutes, 42 seconds
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“I am a Christian. I have to do what is right and trust in God.”

Listen to a short reflection about R., whose life has been difficult as he lives for the Truth.
6/28/20214 minutes, 12 seconds
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Why is this the time?

Listen to a short reflection about S., who is becoming a new person.
6/21/20215 minutes, 3 seconds
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Three Witnesses: “The Christians love the poor and embrace them like brothers and sisters”

Listen to three short reflections about interactions at St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminding us that all lives are worth living.
5/28/20210
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Three Witnesses: “The Christians love the poor and embrace them like brothers and sisters”

Listen to three short reflections about interactions at St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminding us that all lives are worth living.
5/28/20217 minutes, 59 seconds
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Mother's Day at the Mission

Listen to stories about Mothers who frequent St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario.
5/14/20210
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Pascha at the Mission

Christ is risen! Listen to stories about people who frequent St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario.
5/14/20210
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Mother’s Day at the Mission

Listen to stories about Mothers who frequent St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario.
5/14/20214 minutes, 37 seconds
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More Stories from the Mission

Listen to stories from Brother Luke about people who frequent St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario.
5/14/20210
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Stories from the Mission

Listen to stories about the people who frequent St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario.
5/14/20210
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Pascha at the Mission

Christ is risen! Listen to stories about people who frequent St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario.
5/8/20215 minutes, 1 second
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More Stories from the Mission

Listen to stories from Brother Luke about people who frequent St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario.
5/1/20216 minutes, 26 seconds
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Stories from the Mission

Listen to stories about the people who frequent St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario.
4/24/20214 minutes, 38 seconds
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Flowers at the Edge of God's Garden

Listen to stories from Brother Luke about people who frequent St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario.
4/13/20210
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Flowers at the Edge of God’s Garden

Listen to stories from Brother Luke about people who frequent St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario.
4/13/20217 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Naked Man Who Came to Church

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
4/2/20210
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The Naked Man Who Came to Church

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
4/2/202111 minutes, 35 seconds
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Wickedness and a Sweet Longing

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
3/26/20210
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Wickedness and a Sweet Longing

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
3/24/20216 minutes, 51 seconds
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Judgment Sunday: The Gospel Is Personal

Listen to reflections about encountering Christ in the midst of pain, from St. John the Compassionate Mission.
3/10/20210
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Judgment Sunday: The Gospel Is Personal

Listen to reflections about encountering Christ in the midst of pain, from St. John the Compassionate Mission.
3/10/202111 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Prodigal Son and Euthanasia

Reflections from St. John the Compassionate Mission about the Prodigal Son and Canada's Bill C-7.
3/10/20210
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The Prodigal Son and Euthanasia

Reflections from St. John the Compassionate Mission about the Prodigal Son and Canada's Bill C-7.
3/3/20218 minutes, 45 seconds
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Stories from the Mission

Brother Luke shares stories from St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario.
2/12/20210
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Stories from the Mission

Brother Luke shares stories from St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario.
2/4/20213 minutes, 54 seconds
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Keeping Watch

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
1/29/20210
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Receiving the Flood

Brother Luke shares about one of the visitors he met at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/29/20210
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Keeping Watch

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
1/26/20214 minutes, 35 seconds
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Receiving the Flood

Brother Luke shares about one of the visitors he met at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/19/20213 minutes, 17 seconds
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Christmas Morning at St. John the Compassionate Mission

Listen to reflections of Christmas morning at the mission, from volunteer Mary.
12/29/20200
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Christmas Morning at St. John the Compassionate Mission

Listen to reflections of Christmas morning at the mission, from volunteer Mary.
12/29/202016 minutes, 18 seconds
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Counting on Three Things: A Christmas letter from Fr. Nicolaie

In this episode, we hear a Christmas letter from Fr. Nicolaie about two things, no three things, St. John the Compassionate Mission can count on.
12/22/20200
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Counting on Three Things: A Christmas letter from Fr. Nicolaie

In this episode, we hear a Christmas letter from Fr. Nicolaie about two things, no three things, St. John the Compassionate Mission can count on.
12/22/20205 minutes
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This week's stories from the Mission, by Brother Luke

Brother Luke shares about an addict and a group of mourners he met at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
11/20/20200
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This week’s stories from the Mission, by Brother Luke

Brother Luke shares about an addict and a group of mourners he met at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
11/20/20204 minutes, 44 seconds
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A Death Well Planned

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
11/12/20200
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A Death Well Planned

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
11/12/20208 minutes, 56 seconds
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Is This A Church Where You Can Light A Candle?

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
11/5/20200
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Is This A Church Where You Can Light A Candle?

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
11/5/20208 minutes, 56 seconds
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A Day at Good Neighbours

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
10/30/20200
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A Day at Good Neighbours

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
10/30/20208 minutes, 14 seconds
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October Light

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
10/23/20200
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October Light

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
10/23/20205 minutes, 43 seconds
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An Ordinary Day

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
10/15/20200
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An Ordinary Day

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
10/15/20205 minutes, 22 seconds
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He Has Freely Given to the Poor

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
10/9/20200
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He Has Freely Given to the Poor

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
10/9/202014 minutes, 2 seconds
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In God I Have Set My Hope

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
9/23/20200
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In God I Have Set My Hope

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
9/23/20207 minutes, 12 seconds
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For God So Loved the World

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
9/16/20200
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For God So Loved the World

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
9/16/202011 minutes, 36 seconds
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A Glimpse of the Kingdom of God

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
7/2/20200
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A Glimpse of the Kingdom of God

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
7/2/202013 minutes, 2 seconds
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Holy Pentecost

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
6/13/20200
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Holy Pentecost

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
6/13/202016 minutes, 44 seconds
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Stories from the Pandemic

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
5/29/20200
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Stories from the Pandemic

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
5/29/20209 minutes, 50 seconds
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Sunday of the Paralytic

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
5/16/20200
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Sunday of the Paralytic

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto.
5/14/202014 minutes, 22 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: William and Jane

Meet William and Jane, two of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
5/14/20200
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Myrrh-Bearing Women, Then and Now

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto. "What was it in their hearts that moved the Myrrh-bearing women to do something against common sense?"
5/8/20200
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Myrrh-Bearing Women, Then and Now

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto. "What was it in their hearts that moved the Myrrh-bearing women to do something against common sense?"
5/8/202014 minutes, 52 seconds
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“Go to Galilee. There They Will See Me.”

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto. "Jesus tells Mary Magdalene that He will meet His disciples in Galilee. That is the place where the community is fully alive having Christ in their midst. The place where you work, you celebrate, you heal the sick and feed the hungry with the Lord. The place where you break bread and drink good wine with the Lord and go fishing with no worry that you’ll toil all night without catching anything. The place where you take care of the sick and cure the demoniacs; where you celebrate the feast of marriage, plant, prune and harvest. The place where you learned what it means to be thankful for being alive because you tasted from life in abundance. Most of the time, life at the mission is called to find and to become a Galilee where the Lord can feel at home."
4/28/20200
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“Go to Galilee. There They Will See Me.”

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, serving the most vulnerable in Toronto. "Jesus tells Mary Magdalene that He will meet His disciples in Galilee. That is the place where the community is fully alive having Christ in their midst. The place where you work, you celebrate, you heal the sick and feed the hungry with the Lord. The place where you break bread and drink good wine with the Lord and go fishing with no worry that you’ll toil all night without catching anything. The place where you take care of the sick and cure the demoniacs; where you celebrate the feast of marriage, plant, prune and harvest. The place where you learned what it means to be thankful for being alive because you tasted from life in abundance. Most of the time, life at the mission is called to find and to become a Galilee where the Lord can feel at home."
4/28/202011 minutes, 23 seconds
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The light of Christ breaks through the cracks

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, still open and serving the most vulnerable in Toronto. "The light is breaking through any human heart. Wherever the heart might be. It finds any crack to break through. There is so much light at the mission because the people who come here are so broken. So the light is visible in abundance. So is our dear community. Broken, so that the light of Pascha can be received through the cracks. Even if you want to hide it and contain it you cannot help but share it. So broken and imperfect we are."
4/23/20200
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The light of Christ breaks through the cracks

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, still open and serving the most vulnerable in Toronto. "The light is breaking through any human heart. Wherever the heart might be. It finds any crack to break through. There is so much light at the mission because the people who come here are so broken. So the light is visible in abundance. So is our dear community. Broken, so that the light of Pascha can be received through the cracks. Even if you want to hide it and contain it you cannot help but share it. So broken and imperfect we are."
4/23/20207 minutes, 18 seconds
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Diary of a Mission in Pandemic Times

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, still open and serving the most vulnerable in Toronto. "Never has the church worldwide celebrated Pascha in this way, as we will this year. Abstinence not only from sin but from things that are good in themselves creates an empty space where God can act and surprise us. Could this not be the unexpected grace that is waiting for us in the empty tomb this year? What if the church is called this year to risk living something new, unfamiliar, even surprising?"
4/13/20200
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Diary of a Mission in Pandemic Times

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, still open and serving the most vulnerable in Toronto. "Never has the church worldwide celebrated Pascha in this way, as we will this year. Abstinence not only from sin but from things that are good in themselves creates an empty space where God can act and surprise us. Could this not be the unexpected grace that is waiting for us in the empty tomb this year? What if the church is called this year to risk living something new, unfamiliar, even surprising?"
4/13/202011 minutes, 37 seconds
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Words from a Mission in Pandemic Times

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, still open and serving the most vulnerable in Toronto. "This becomes a time when we get to experience what real life has been for others. We are receiving the good news of the Resurrection so we can witness and testify for the sake of those who do not know when the darkness is going to end, to those who have not seen the dawn just yet."
4/10/20200
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Words from a Mission in Pandemic Times

Listen to excerpts from this past Sunday's bulletin at St. John the Compassionate Mission, still open and serving the most vulnerable in Toronto. "This becomes a time when we get to experience what real life has been for others. We are receiving the good news of the Resurrection so we can witness and testify for the sake of those who do not know when the darkness is going to end, to those who have not seen the dawn just yet."
4/9/202016 minutes, 44 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Chris and Laura

Meet Chris and Laura, two of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
4/3/20205 minutes, 19 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: William and Jane

Meet William and Jane, two of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
3/27/20205 minutes, 28 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Ruth

Meet Ruth, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
3/20/20205 minutes, 25 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Kenneth

Meet Kenneth, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
3/13/20204 minutes, 8 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Edward

Meet Edward, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
3/6/20207 minutes, 1 second
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Flowers from the Hedges: Xenia

Meet Xenia, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
2/28/20209 minutes, 25 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Karl

Meet Karl, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
2/21/20205 minutes, 23 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Daniel

Meet Daniel, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
2/14/20208 minutes, 34 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Anna

Meet Anna, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
2/7/20206 minutes, 28 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Chris and Laura

Meet Chris and Laura, two of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
2/1/20200
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Flowers from the Hedges: Ruth

Meet Ruth, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
2/1/20200
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Flowers from the Hedges: Kenneth

Meet Kenneth, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
2/1/20200
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Flowers from the Hedges: Edward

Meet Edward, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
2/1/20200
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Flowers from the Hedges: Xenia

Meet Xenia, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
2/1/20200
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Flowers from the Hedges: Daniel

Meet Daniel, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
2/1/20200
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Flowers from the Hedges: Karl

Meet Karl, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
2/1/20200
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Flowers from the Hedges: Anna

Meet Anna, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
2/1/20200
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Flowers from the Hedges: Nick

Meet Nick, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/31/20204 minutes, 45 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Nick

Meet Nick, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/29/20200
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Flowers from the Hedges: John

Meet John, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/24/20206 minutes, 59 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: John

Meet John, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/23/20200
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Flowers from the Hedges: Edna

Meet Edna, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/17/20205 minutes, 49 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Edna

Meet Edna, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/13/20200
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Flowers from the Hedges: Carol Anne

Meet Carol Anne, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/10/20200
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Flowers from the Hedges: Carol Anne

Meet Carol Anne, one of the treasures at the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/10/20204 minutes, 20 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Helen

Meet Helen, one of the treasures who is part of the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/3/20200
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Flowers from the Hedges: Helen

Meet Helen, one of the treasures who is part of the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/3/20208 minutes, 58 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Father Tom

Meet Father Tom, one of the treasures who is part of the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
12/20/20190
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Flowers from the Hedges: Father Tom

Meet Father Tom, one of the treasures who is part of the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
12/20/20199 minutes, 22 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Catherine

Meet Catherine, one of the treasures who is part of the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
12/13/20190
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Flowers from the Hedges: Catherine

Meet Catherine, one of the treasures who is part of the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
12/13/20196 minutes, 8 seconds
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Flowers from the Hedges: Peter

Meet Peter, one of the treasures that is part of the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
12/7/20190
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Flowers from the Hedges: Peter

Meet Peter, one of the treasures that is part of the Mission. Taken from Walking Humbly: The Holiness of the Poor, by St. John the Compassionate Mission.
12/6/20195 minutes, 47 seconds
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Where Charity and Love are, God is there

Paul shares about his experiences at the mission with children of all backgrounds and from all walks of life. He reflects on a story that changed his perspective of world cultures, and how that pertains to our Orthodox way of life.
12/16/20170
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Mary of Egypt and the Annunciation

Dn. Pawel, the prefect of the Lived Theology School Program, highlights connections between the stories of St. Mary of Egypt, the Annunciation, and our own.
6/13/20160
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Mary of Egypt and the Annunciation

Dn. Pawel, the prefect of the Lived Theology School Program, highlights connections between the stories of St. Mary of Egypt, the Annunciation, and our own.
6/10/201615 minutes, 17 seconds
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We Only Know What We Live

Fr. Roberto shares reflections on how we can only truly know what we have experienced.
2/10/20160
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We Only Know What We Live

Fr. Roberto shares reflections on how we can only truly know what we have experienced.
2/10/20164 minutes, 14 seconds
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A Lesson in Compassion

Fr. Roberto shares about Joe, an example of someone who feels deeply the struggles of others and has compassion for them.
2/10/20160
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A Lesson in Compassion

Fr. Roberto shares about Joe, an example of someone who feels deeply the struggles of others and has compassion for them.
2/3/20164 minutes, 2 seconds
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A Different Kind of Mission

Dn. Theodore tells about the new ministry that the mission provides.
1/30/20160
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Saints of our times

Fr. Nicolaie shares about the deep faith of a woman who helps at the mission.
1/28/20160
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Saints of our times

Fr. Nicolaie shares about the deep faith of a woman who helps at the mission.
1/28/20163 minutes, 48 seconds
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St. Anthony the Great

Fr. Nicolaie shares about the interest in St. Anthony the Great expressed by a man at the mission.
1/28/20160
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What about forgiveness?

Fr. Nicolaie shares a short story about forgiveness.
1/28/20160
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St. Anthony the Great

Fr. Nicolaie shares about the interest in St. Anthony the Great expressed by a man at the mission.
1/21/20164 minutes, 35 seconds
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What about forgiveness?

Fr. Nicolaie shares a short story about forgiveness.
1/14/20164 minutes, 13 seconds
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Lifting those in Need

Fr. Roberto reflects on one of his experiences with the people that go to the mission for help.
12/5/20150
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Not Sitting Alone

Father Roberto reflects on a moment that he shared with a woman who visits the mission.
12/5/20150
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Not Sitting Alone

Father Roberto reflects on a moment that he shared with a woman who visits the mission.
12/5/20154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Lifting those in Need

Fr. Roberto reflects on one of his experiences with the people that go to the mission for help.
12/2/20155 minutes, 28 seconds
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It Starts with a Smile

Fr. Roberto shares that there is little that we can do to solve the world's problems, yet that little is perhaps the most important thing in the world.
12/1/20150
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It Starts with a Smile

Fr. Roberto shares that there is little that we can do to solve the world's problems, yet that little is perhaps the most important thing in the world.
12/1/20155 minutes, 37 seconds
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A Time to Spare in our Society

Fr. Nicolaie expresses the beauty of the mission that many are quick to over look in their every day busy lives.
9/13/20150
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A Time to Spare in our Society

Fr. Nicolaie expresses the beauty of the mission that many are quick to over look in their every day busy lives.
9/12/20155 minutes, 39 seconds
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A Different Kind of Mission

Dn. Theodore tells about the new ministry that the mission provides.
9/8/20155 minutes, 35 seconds
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Being Drawn Out

Paul and Naomi talk about the importance of the mission in the busyness of downtown Toronto. They also reflect on the mission's purpose of being there for those who need them.
8/27/20150
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Being Drawn Out

Paul and Naomi talk about the importance of the mission in the busyness of downtown Toronto. They also reflect on the mission's purpose of being there for those who need them.
8/26/20159 minutes, 51 seconds
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Rubbing Shoulders

Naomi tells about her relationship with an older friend at the mission, and how it relates to living the Orthodox way of life.
7/17/20150
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Rubbing Shoulders

Naomi tells about her relationship with an older friend at the mission, and how it relates to living the Orthodox way of life.
7/14/20158 minutes, 12 seconds
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Where Charity and Love are, God is there

Paul shares about his experiences at the mission with children of all backgrounds and from all walks of life. He reflects on a story that changed his perspective of world cultures, and how that pertains to our Orthodox way of life.
7/7/201512 minutes, 56 seconds
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Confessions of a Volunteer

Dn. Theodore shares from his many experiences at the mission about the topic of confession.
7/1/20150
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Confessions of a Volunteer

Dn. Theodore shares from his many experiences at the mission about the topic of confession.
6/30/20156 minutes, 25 seconds
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A Beautiful Mind

Dn. Theodore describes an encounter he recently had with a man who claims to have written a quantum formula that proves the existence of God.
6/22/20150
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A Beautiful Mind

Dn. Theodore describes an encounter he recently had with a man who claims to have written a quantum formula that proves the existence of God.
6/22/20159 minutes, 33 seconds
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Why Being Alive Is a Blessing

The Orthodox view existence as directed toward an encounter with a personal God who gives meaning to all the dimensions of earthly human existence.
5/19/20150
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Why Being Alive Is a Blessing

The Orthodox view existence as directed toward an encounter with a personal God who gives meaning to all the dimensions of earthly human existence.
5/19/20154 minutes, 18 seconds
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Crumbs of Bread

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, Founder and Executive Director of St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminds us that the Lord can be found in the crumbs of daily life.
5/6/20150
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Crumbs of Bread

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, Founder and Executive Director of St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminds us that the Lord can be found in the crumbs of daily life.
5/6/20156 minutes, 34 seconds
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I Don't Want to Die

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, tells a suffering man to pray, but is that enough?
5/6/20150
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The Tenderness of God; the Tenderness of the Poor

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, Founder and Executive Director of St. John the Compassionate Mission, demonstrates how part of the challenge and the beauty of living Orthodox mission is learning to accept the tenderness of God in our lives through the poor.
4/28/20150
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I Don’t Want to Die

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, tells a suffering man to pray, but is that enough?
4/23/20157 minutes, 29 seconds
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Church as a Community

It's called the Agape meal because that is where we are challenged to live what we have experienced in the liturgy.
4/9/20150
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Lessons from a Space

Dn. Pawel, the prefect of the Lived Theology School Program, discusses the narthex of St. John the Compassionate Mission and its meaning.
4/9/20150
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Church as a Community

It's called the Agape meal because that is where we are challenged to live what we have experienced in the liturgy.
4/6/20155 minutes, 1 second
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Ministry of Presence

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, explains that the real work of the mission comes from sitting and talking.
3/24/20150
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Ministry of Presence

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, explains that the real work of the mission comes from sitting and talking.
3/24/20155 minutes, 21 seconds
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Lessons from a Space

Dn. Pawel, the prefect of the Lived Theology School Program, discusses the narthex of St. John the Compassionate Mission and its meaning.
3/18/20158 minutes, 25 seconds
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A Good Reason to Do Nothing

Nikolai, a counselor at St. John the Compassionate Mission, explains why it's important to break bread together with the poor.
3/11/20150
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A Good Reason to Do Nothing

Nikolai, a counselor at St. John the Compassionate Mission, explains why it's important to break bread together with the poor.
3/11/20156 minutes, 25 seconds
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Compassion Has No Price

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminds us that by thinking that the sole purpose of a mission is to convert everyone, you put a price tag on compassion.
3/4/20150
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Unable to Love

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, discusses a man at the mission who wanted to love God but felt as though he just couldn't love back anymore.
3/4/20150
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A Friendly Practice in Toronto (Asceticism)

Nikolai, a counselor at St. John the Compassionate Mission, discusses Great Lent and the Early Morning Breakfast Program at the mission.
3/4/20150
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A Friendly Practice in Toronto (Asceticism)

Nikolai, a counselor at St. John the Compassionate Mission, discusses Great Lent and the Early Morning Breakfast Program at the mission.
3/4/20155 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Doors, the Doors

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, the Founder and Executive Director of St. John's, discusses the open doors of the mission.
2/28/20150
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Learning to Listen

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, Founder and Executive Director of St. John the Compassionate Mission, explains how mission work begins by showing how God is already working in people's lives.
2/26/20150
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More Lessons from the Wall

What does The Rule of St. Benedict have to say to an Orthodox mission in 21st-century Toronto?
2/23/20150
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Unable to Love

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, discusses a man at the mission who wanted to love God but felt as though he just couldn't love back anymore.
2/23/20159 minutes, 29 seconds
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More Lessons from the Wall

What does The Rule of St. Benedict have to say to an Orthodox mission in 21st-century Toronto?
2/16/20158 minutes, 17 seconds
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Compassion Has No Price

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminds us that by thinking that the sole purpose of a mission is to convert everyone, you put a price tag on compassion.
2/9/20157 minutes, 45 seconds
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Arguing About Freedom

What does it mean to be mentally healthy?
2/8/20150
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Arguing About Freedom

What does it mean to be mentally healthy?
2/3/20156 minutes, 21 seconds
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Smells and Bells

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, Founder and Executive Director of St. John the Compassionate Mission, tells the story of a man who would have given up hope if not for his remembrance of the bells at the mission.
1/28/20150
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Smells and Bells

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, Founder and Executive Director of St. John the Compassionate Mission, tells the story of a man who would have given up hope if not for his remembrance of the bells at the mission.
1/28/20158 minutes, 5 seconds
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Tales of the Unexpected

Dn. Pawel, the prefect of the Lived Theology School Program, describes a typical/atypical lunch discussion at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/20/20150
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Tales of the Unexpected

Dn. Pawel, the prefect of the Lived Theology School Program, describes a typical/atypical lunch discussion at St. John the Compassionate Mission.
1/20/20158 minutes, 47 seconds
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Learning to Listen

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, Founder and Executive Director of St. John the Compassionate Mission, explains how mission work begins by showing how God is already working in people's lives.
1/13/20158 minutes, 45 seconds
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There's Hope for Me

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, discusses a regular at the mission named John and his encounter with St. Moses the Ethiopian.
1/6/20150
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There’s Hope for Me

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, discusses a regular at the mission named John and his encounter with St. Moses the Ethiopian.
1/6/20156 minutes, 35 seconds
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Libby

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, tells a story about Libby, a non-Orthodox woman who attends prayers every day.
12/31/20140
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Libby

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, tells a story about Libby, a non-Orthodox woman who attends prayers every day.
12/31/20146 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Best Birthday Present

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminds us that Christ arrives at 3:45 on a Friday afternoon.
11/18/20140
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The Best Birthday Present

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminds us that Christ arrives at 3:45 on a Friday afternoon.
11/18/20148 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Unborn Child

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, tells the story of an unborn child named Maria who changed his life forever.
11/11/20140
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The Unborn Child

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, tells the story of an unborn child named Maria who changed his life forever.
11/11/20146 minutes, 1 second
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No One Comes Here by Accident

Dn. Pawel, explains how the mission came to minister to victims of abuse.
11/4/20140
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Karina

Dn. Pawel, the prefect of the Lived Theology School Program, tells the story of Karina, one of many who experienced for a time the comfort and safety of St. John the Compassionate Mission.
11/4/20140
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No One Comes Here by Accident

Dn. Pawel, explains how the mission came to minister to victims of abuse.
11/4/20147 minutes, 29 seconds
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Hello, God, Are You There?

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminds us that our relationship with God needs to be simpler and a lot more trusting.
10/2/20148 minutes, 52 seconds
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Hello, God, Are You There?

Dn. Theodore, the Director of Community of St. John the Compassionate Mission, reminds us that our relationship with God needs to be simpler and a lot more trusting.
10/1/20140
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The Tenderness of God; the Tenderness of the Poor

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, Founder and Executive Director of St. John the Compassionate Mission, demonstrates how part of the challenge and the beauty of living Orthodox mission is learning to accept the tenderness of God in our lives through the poor.
9/24/20145 minutes, 35 seconds
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St. Philothei

Nikolai, a counselor at St. John the Compassionate Mission, shares how he learned from the mission to be attentive.
9/17/20140
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St. Philothei

Nikolai, a counselor at St. John the Compassionate Mission, shares how he learned from the mission to be attentive.
9/17/20148 minutes, 5 seconds
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A Place of Contrast

Pres. Maria Drossos, Director of Operations, describes what makes St. John the Compassionate Mission unique and different from the outside world.
9/10/20140
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A Place of Contrast

Pres. Maria Drossos, Director of Operations, describes what makes St. John the Compassionate Mission unique and different from the outside world.
9/10/20146 minutes, 59 seconds
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A Holy Death

Only those who suffer and speak the universal language of the heart can help others who suffer.
9/3/20140
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A Holy Death

Only those who suffer and speak the universal language of the heart can help others who suffer.
9/3/20146 minutes, 4 seconds
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Karina

Dn. Pawel, the prefect of the Lived Theology School Program, tells the story of Karina, one of many who experienced for a time the comfort and safety of St. John the Compassionate Mission.
8/21/201410 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Doors, the Doors

Fr. Roberto Ubertino, the Founder and Executive Director of St. John's, discusses the open doors of the mission.
8/8/20149 minutes, 59 seconds