Coffee Break with Sr. Vassa 9: Turning Things Around on Christmas

by 1389 on December 25, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), Christianity, Christmas, Orthodox Christianity

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Published on Dec 24, 2014 by Coffee with Sr. Vassa
Subtitles: ENGLISH
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Merry Christmas to those of you who are already celebrating Christmas! At this time of year many of us are spending time with family and close friends, while others of us might experience more acutely than usual our loneliness or the absence or loss of the one or ones we lost. Whatever our situation may be, at this time of year we are confronted in a special way with our relationships with other people. So let‘s talk a bit today about turning things around. What do I mean by that? I mean, let‘s focus on what we can give at this time rather than w-hat we receive. Because this kind of focus can liberate us from the rut of self-pity or dissatisfaction with others who surround us. As it says in a well-known prayer, “O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be con-soled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in forgiving that we are forgiven; it is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.” I was thinking about this today, zillions, after I read this interview in an Austrian newspaper with a man named Georg Fraberger, who was born with no arms or legs. He‘s a man of faith, a successful psychologist, author of several books, and also happily married with children. And he says that one of the most powerful antidotes against feelings of existential Angst or fear, and also depression, is compassion for other people and empathy, along with being yourself.

The Christmas episode that Sr. Vassa refers to in the above video is here:
Coffee with Sister Vassa Ep.17 (Christmas / Рождество Христово/Χριστούγεννα)

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