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Overcoming Conceit: GET EMPTY (Kenosis)

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The unquenchable nature of vain conceit is destructive to self and others. As we wrap up our study on kenosis (κένωσις) or self-emptying in Philippians 2:1-8, Fr. Michael Sorial discusses 3 practices to include in your daily rhythm that will help you combat vain conceit.

Discussion Questions 1. Why can being motivated by vain conceit seem so right? 2. Why do we find it so hard to consider others better than ourselves?

Ambition: GET EMPTY (Kenosis)

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 What is “selfish ambition” and what damage can it do? In our study on Philippians 2:1-8 at the Link, Fr. Michael Sorial discussed St. Pauls’ call to give up selfish ambition, as a part of kenosis (κένωσις) or self-emptying.


Discussion Questions1. In what ways did Jesus demonstrate for us what it means to live humbly, considering others better than ourselves?2. Can you think of a time when selfish ambition has led to disorder?3. One of the things that stands in the way of me pursuing my godly ambition is…

Emptied for Fullness: GET EMPTY (Kenosis)

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 In our study on Philippians 2:1-8, we dive into the biblical and theology principle of kenosis (κένωσις) or self-emptying, as we discussed what it means that Jesus "made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness." (Philippians 2:7) In this talk at the Link, Fr. Michael Sorial taught on how "There Must Be Self-Emptying Before There is Fullness."

 

Adoption

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A conversation between Jesus Christ and a Canaanite woman reveals an often forgotten truth about ourselves.

Fr. Vijay delivers a humbling message that calls us to love our family more.

Words to Live By

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 After a tragic death in India, Fr Vijay looks at the story of the healing of the paralytic and the 1982 Tylenol Murders to find a way for us not to become the bystanders.

The Man Born Blind

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 During his visit to St. Anianus Church, HG Bishop Angelos (Papal Exarch) discussed John 9 and the man born blind.

Ignorance

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 Do you suffer from foot in mouth issues? Meaning do you often say the wrong thing? 

Maybe it is time for you to listen... 

Taxes

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We worry about many things in life.  But maybe its time to stop worrying... Maybe its time to embrace all that taxes us in our life because it might be sent from God. 

Responsibility

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Those who are irresponsible in the small things, will not be responsible with greatness.  Practicing responsibility for others is a critical aspect of Christian living that we see in the life of Joseph. 

Who God Hires

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What are the characteristics of the people that God employs? What virtues does God value? Are you focusing on the right virtues? 

Fr. Vijay looks back at the 2008 Mumbai Terrorist attacks to find qualities that make normal people into heros like we are all called to be.