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Pre-Christmas House-Cleaning

Being Connected, Not Just Online Быть на связи, не только онлайн
God Gives Me The Freedom To Be Wrong Бог ми дава свободата да съм погрешна
God's Nourishing Word Насыщающее слово Божье
God's Time Время Божье
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Hello, I‘m Sr. Vassa, and this is just a brief Coffee Break. We are nearing the feast
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of the Nativity or Christmas, zillions, so one of the things we might be doing already
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in preparation for the feast is cleaning the house or the apartment before having guests over. But let‘s talk
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today about a different kind of “cleaning house,“ of getting ourselves in spiritual
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order to greet the main Guest, Who is soon to be born into our world in Bethlehem. Ideally,
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we should constantly be preoccupied with this activity, with what I‘ll call “Keeping
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our House in Order,“ but if you‘re a messy person like me, it takes more work at special
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moments like a great feast. So, let‘s remind ourselves of the 3 main activities involved
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in Keeping our House in Order: 1. Self-Examination; 2. Prayer, and 3. Contemplation. All three
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of these, practiced not necessarily in that order, but on a daily basis, keep us in what
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I like to call the God Zone, letting God‘s grace into our lives, and carrying the vision
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of God‘s will into all our activities. If we are church-going people, we are greatly
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helped in all three of these: with the first one, self-examination, we are aided and guided
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in the sacrament of repentance, which includes confession. So, besides our daily self-examination,
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where we assess the work that needs to be done in our house-cleaning, we also receive
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the grace of unburdening our workload, so to say, by sharing it before God and another
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human being, a priest. Our prayer and contemplation is aided by the services of the feast
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in church, and its texts, which we might take some quiet time to reflect on, also at home.
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But that‘s enough for today, zillions.
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Stay focused, and I hope to see you next time.