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Wisdom as a goal (S2E37)
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March 10, 2017 11:38 AM PST
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In today’s episode of Refreshing Bread, Fr. Ovidiu Marginean is reflecting on wisdom, our preserver and safe guarder, but also the power of understanding, as goals we should all pursue in our daily living.
Proverbs 5:15-6:3
Music: Lost Frontier by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Fidelity in Marriage (S2E39)
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March 09, 2017 11:00 AM PST
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In today’s episode of Refreshing Bread, Fr. Ovidiu Marginean is reflecting on the practical advice this section of proverbs on marriage, namely the emphasis placed on fidelity, which is key for a good life in marriage.
Proverbs 5:15- 6:3
Music: Lost Frontier by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Beyond the Sabbath (S2E36)
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March 03, 2017 09:00 PM PST
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In today’s episode of Refreshing Bread, Fr. Calin Tamiian meditates on Jesus' true love and courage as visible in his story of healing during the Sabbath.

Mark 2:23-28; 3:1-5
Lost Frontier by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Doing good, today!(S2E35)
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March 03, 2017 12:22 PM PST
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In today’s episode of Refreshing Bread, Fr. Calin Tamiian focuses on the idea of doing good for our neighbors today - not tomorrow or the week after - but in the present moment.

Proverbs 3:19-34
Music: Lost Frontier by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

The Lord's discipline (S2E34)
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March 03, 2017 12:10 PM PST
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In today's episode of Refreshing Bread, Fr. Calin Tamiian meditates on how the Lord disciplines us. These moments are opportunities to grow. Discipline and some reproof although not pleasant in the moment, if done in love might bring good fruits in the end.

Proverbs 3:1-18
Music: Lost Frontier by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Unchanging wisdom (S2E33)
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March 01, 2017 10:29 AM PST
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In today’s episode of Refreshing Bread, Fr. Calin Tamiian explores further the wisdom of God, one that does not change from one season to another, from one generation to another. This understanding will enable us to make our life more pleasant, prudent in regards to our temptations, and compassionate with our brothers and sisters in their realities.
Proverbs 2:1-22
Music: Lost Frontier by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

On Security (S2E32)
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February 28, 2017 10:41 AM PST
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In today’s episode of Refreshing Bread, Fr. Calin Tamiian is reflecting on the focus we place on our material and spiritual security. Security is of great importance to all of us. Yet, all the dimensions of our security, including our future are encompassed in the wisdom of God. Consequently, an easy heart is one that puts not its hope and faith into the things of the world but it comes from trusting God.
Proverbs 1:20-33
Music: Lost Frontier by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

God's wisdom (S2E31)
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February 27, 2017 05:55 AM PST
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In today’s episode of Refreshing Bread, Fr. Calin Tamiian is reflecting on God’s wisdom and our foolishness. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. We are fools when we are full of ourselves. Yet in the fear of the Lord we will find the true knowledge. Are we humble enough to let God guide us in this season of Lent and hear God’s voice in the voices of our brothers and sisters?

Proverbs 1:1-20
Music: Lost Frontier by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

A different kind of Testament (S2E30)
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February 18, 2017 10:41 AM PST
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Meditation by Fr. Cristian Laslo

Today’s reading presents us part of the Testament that Christ left for his followers. After His passion, He anticipates the apparition of false witnesses; He reassures his disciples about the end of the ages, and he impels them to a virtuous life, for “all things are lawful, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful, but not all things build up.” (2 Corinthians 10, 23).

We heard about the false prophets that will rise, those who never knew God, but will try to impose their ideas about Him; those who will ask for benefits for their sweet poisoned words. They were always present in the history, and always will be, but God said: “I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied” (Jeremiah 23, 21). All Scripture talks about the wolves dressed in sheepskin, inviting us to stay away from them, and to protect our Tradition and Sacraments.

Regarding the end of the world, Jesus reminds us about the words of the Psalmist: “Of old thou didst lay the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They will perish, but thou dost endure, they will all wear out like a garment. […] thou art the same, and thy years have no end.” (Psalm 102, 25-27). All the creatures have a beginning and an end, and all the matter will change its shape, but God will be always the same. In this life the mankind has the same faith: “…one fate comes to all, to the righteous and the wicked, to he good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As is the good man, so is the sinner; and he who swears is as he who shuns an oath.” (Ecclesiastes 9, 2). The difference will be made at the Last Judgment by the way we have lived our lives.

The Gospels of this week lead us like a cortege through the last days of our Savior on the Earth. From Gethsemane to Golgotha we have witnessed the human weakness in all its shapes, but also the perfection brought by Jesus in the deified body. At the light of the Resurrection, Christ’s Passions are a triumphal march to life.

The book of Isaiah prophesies about Jesus: “… he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53, 12b). This verse is a good start when we meditate upon our lives.

Do we feel sorry for our transgressions? How often we confess them?

In order to maintain the grace and the Truth in our lives, do we use the prayer and the biblical readings? How often?

Luke 21, 8-9, 25-27, 33-36

Renunciation in favor of Love (S2E29)
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February 17, 2017 02:16 AM PST
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Meditation by Fr. Cristian Laslo

The Roman soldiers are taking Jesus up to Golgotha for the supreme sacrifice. For them it was only an amusement, for the Jews a revenge, but for the rest of mankind it was an act of kindness and mercy, the supreme act of love for the humanity.
In the praetorium, or the Pilate’s palace court Jesus is stripped of his shirt and beaten without reason. Pilate thought that like that he could temper the Jewish accusers, but they did not have enough; they’ve received Barabbas, and now they wanted Jesus’ life. The soldiers are taking Jesus out of town, to the place called Golgotha and they are crucifying Him. Still, Jesus was praying for them.
Unfortunately, the sacrifices for God were not stopped on Golgotha, but that was only the starting point for persecutions. Millions of Christians have died all over the places under this world rulers, and many are dying even today in Africa, Middle East or Asia. Just as Jesus, they are calling in their sufferings: “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?” (Psalm 22, 1). For their belief insults have broken their hearts,..., they have looked for pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but they found none. They gave them poison for food, and for their thirst, vinegar to drink (cf. Psalm 69, 20-21).
One can think of Christianity that it’s a morbid religion which calls to self sacrifice upon the world’s altar, and God is a bloodthirsty deity. But God is only thirsty for our love and kindness, and wants from us to kill the unclean desires in our bodies and souls. He is telling us: “Look to yourselves, that you may not lose what you have worked for, but may win a full reward”. (2 John 1, 8).
Jesus Christ killed in himself the worldly temptations, gave Himself for the salvation of all. In anticipation for the Lent, how do we fight with the daily temptations? How do we prove the love for our neighbor?
In agony Jesus was praying to the Father for his oppressors. Are we usually praying for others?

Mark 15, 20. 22. 25. 33-41
Lost Frontier by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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