By Dr. Nicole Roccas and Ancient Faith Radio
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Time Eternal explores the beautiful and the difficult aspects of time on this earth. The various episodes touch on how our experience and perception of time can become distorted because of sin and brokenness, and how the message of Christ and our Orthodox faith can help restore and resurrect the way we live with time. It is hoped that, in doing so, we can begin to heed St. Paul's instruction to "redeem the time" (Ephesians 5:16).
||CleanFacing Death Through Catechism||The call to remember death is a constant in ascetical theology. But how exactly does one put this virtue into practice? Fr. Theodore Paraskevopoulos has made this question the focus of his pastoral ministry - and doctoral thesis. Check out Fr. Ted's pod||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy First Death||Just as death entered the world through one man (Adam, according to Romans 5), so death typically enters our personal experiences through one person. This first experience with death has a profound impact on how we view not only death but also life. Tod||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Death is Coming!” Introducing Season 4 of Time Eternal||Meet some of the guests (and questions) that will feature in Season 4 of Time Eternal. Philip Roth once wrote that "in every calm and reasonable person, there is a hidden second person scared witless about death." This episode is dedicated to all those||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvening and Morning||Nicole reflects on recent #TemporalTuesdays posts that revolve around the liturgical mystery of the first day of creation. Special thanks to Basil Roccas for help with the voiceover in this episode! Help me produce better Time Eternal content for the up||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Desiring the Kingdom” in Lent||Nicole talks about one of the books she's reading this Lent, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation, by James K. A. Smith. Among other things, she discusses the formative significance of liturgies—both in the Church and in th||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Humility and Patience to Thy Servant”: Time and Despondency in Lent (Weeks 1 and 2)||This Lent, I'm walking through my book, Time and Despondency, in tandem with the free Lenten study guide available through Ancient Faith Publishing. In weeks one and two, we're talking about finding God at the grocery store, conquering the protagonist s||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShame, Despondency, and a New Year||Does the new year bring up feelings of shame and apathy? Do all those perky new year's resolutions people annoy you? Or are you frustrated by your failed attempts to do better this time around? In this brand-new season of Time Eternal, we talk about the||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFalling Upward after Job Loss||The day I began reading Fr. Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward, I had just been fired from my job. This episode is a close reading of his book against that backdrop, as well as an exploration of the struggle for meaning, growth, and encounter in times||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMennonites, Memory, and Marking Time||My friend Kerry was born in a conservative Mennonite community in rural Manitoba. As she grew up, that community gradually assimilated into the wider culture. But looking back, she says that the temporal rhythms and cycles she still held to during her y||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTime in Transit||Public transportation is my temporal kryptonite--it brings out my impatience and inability to cope with the time I “lose” commuting. But a few months ago, I had an experience on the subway that really put things in perspective, a painful reminder th||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Time for Illness, with Elissa Bjeletich||When my friend Elissa’s daughter was still a baby, she had to undergo a risky liver transplant. Elissa and I think back on that time, and the way our experience of time changes during times of illness, whether it’s we who are sick or a loved one. (F||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Making” Time with Fr. Robert Holet||Today I’m with Fr. Robert Holet, host of the podcast “First Fruits of Christian Living.” We’re talking about our volition to make time in a fast-paced world of distractions. Part two of this episode will air on Fr. Robert’s podcast, so check i||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSites of Eternity: The New Time Eternal Podcast||In this new, relaunched version of Time Eternal, I walk the meditation trail at Antiochian Village and consider what it is we are called to do and become in time. Listen to the end for a special giveaway that ends September 15, 2017! (For quotes and a p||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA “Sneak Listen” to the New Podcast and a Giveaway||This episode is a behind-the-scenes look at what's happening around here at Time Eternal: the relaunch, a giveaway, recording in the dark (aka laziness), and a whole minute of me mispronouncing the word "Akathist." Happy summer!||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReflections on AFCon 2017 and the Upcoming Relaunch of Time Eternal||Nicole looks back on the biggest thing she took away from the 2017 Ancient Faith Conference, and discusses some changes that will hit the Time Eternal podcast in the fall. Have a blessed summer!||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy the World Must End||Today we're talking about apocalypticism. Whether we realize it or not, we all need an apocalyptic story to tell—regardless of our ideology or faith.||6/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLooking Back on Lent: Lessons at the Gym||Nicole reflects on how the askesis of Great Lent strengthens the tiny, barely perceptible muscles of faith more often than the big, flashy ones.||4/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing my Forthcoming Book: Time and Despondency||About a year ago on this podcast, I started a five-part Lenten mini-series called Time and Despondency. I'm happy to announce that I've turned this series into a book to be published by Ancient Faith sometime in Fall 2017. As I finish up the manuscript,||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThree Strategies for a Happy New Year||Speaking of time—the new year is upon us! It's a season when lots of people are thinking of goals and self-improvement. In this episode, Dr. Roccas shares some strategies she has learned as a writing consultant about how to set goals without becoming||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Modern Woman in an Ancient Calendar: A Chat with Angela Doll Carlson||oday, I'm talking with friend and author Angela Doll Carlson about living the liturgical year. From logistics and practicalities to marriage and community, there's a little something for everyone in this episode (yes, even men!).||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanForefeasts and Afterfeasts: Becoming Present in the Periphery||Continuing our Year in Time series, today we talk about the various ways the liturgical calendar helps us be present to God through liturgical memory.||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeptember - A Month for Waiting||In the Church, as in nature, September is a time of provision and bounty. It is also a time that re-invites us back into the arena of waiting. In this episode, we'll hear about four feast days in September in which God brings forth something new after l||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll About the Church New Year (September 1)||This episode kicks off the new "A Year in Time" series with the Church New Year. Find out why we celebrate a new year in September, and what Caesar Augustus and St. John the Baptist have in common. We'll also read through a section of the beautiful Akat||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTurning “Down Time” Upwards||The slower-paced tempo of summertime raises questions about how we relate to leisure as Orthodox Christians. In this episode, we talk about down time and our culture's sense of entitlement towards rest and relaxation. At the end of the episode, I'll als||7/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs there Time in Heaven? Part III||In the last episode of this miniseries, we talk about "ages" and the phrase "unto the ages of ages" as it is used to signify eternity in the New Testament. Along the way, we'll tackle interstellar space, two-dimensional cubes, and other perplexing bound||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs There Time in Heaven? Part II||This episode revisits the question of time in heaven from two different vantage points: Hellenic Greek philosophy and the Old Testament. Greeks and Jews of late antiquity had pretty different beliefs when it came to time and eternity, and both paradigms||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs There Time in Heaven? Part I||Heaven is eternal—but does that mean it also without time? This question lies at the crux of our understanding not only of heaven but also of earthly existence. In the first part of this miniseries, Dr. Roccas talks about some personal experiences reg||6/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManaging vs. Redeeming Time, Part 2||Continuing the talk from last week about the difference between managing time for the sake of productivity and redeeming time for the sake of salvation. Follow along!||5/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManaging vs. Redeeming Time, Part I||This is the first part of a talk given at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Toronto. In this portion, we look at common approaches to time management as they've developed in Western culture.||5/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTime and Despondency Part V: Resurrecting the Present||In this final segment of our lenten series on Time and Despondency, we explore the substance of the present moment—the Holy Resurrection. Thoughts on how to re-present ourselves and our world this Pascha and beyond.||4/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTime and Despondency Part IV: Regaining the Present II||Today we continue our discussion of how to regain God's gift of the present moment. We'll touch on humor, scripture recitation, and prayer.||4/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTime and Despondency Part III: Regaining the Present||Today we talk about various antidotes to the passion of despondency, which all have the effect of bringing us back to the present moment of heart.||3/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTime and Despondency Part II: Escape from the Present||The present moment is a gift from God. But too often, we flee from this "gift of the now" through our mental ideations of the past and future. Today, we're calling that movement despondency and exploring the physical, emotional and spiritual paths by wh||3/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTime and Despondency Part I: The Most Temporal of Passions||In the first episode of a five-part Lenten series on despondency, we learn what despondency is (and what it isn't), and how it relates to our experience of time. Ultimately, despondency is a means of escaping the present moment we find ourselves in.||3/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Beginning(s) of Time||This episode delves into the "day one" of creation, as envisioned by St. Basil in his second homily on the Hexaemeron. Along the way, we'll also discuss symbolism, typology and wonder. Join us for the journey!||2/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Is Time?||Here we explore the possibility that God isn't "eternal." How can that be? Tune in to find out!||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is Time?||Today we're asking what is time, and we're looking at blessed Augustine's Confessions, which features one of the most famous reflections on the philosophy of time. Augustine is trying to solve the "problem of time": why is creation temporal if it comes||1/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Time?||Why devote an entire podcast to the topic of time? Listen to this episode to find out!||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
This podcast is intellectually engaging and personally inspiring--a great example of the intellectual and spiritual richness of Orthodoxy.
Beautiful and thought-provoking
Dr. Roccas' ideas enrich our daily lives as she draws on wisdom from early and contemporary church leaders and forms it into a beautiful tapestry of sound.
Rev. Mike L.
A wonderful, beautifully produced podcast that continues to engage a series of guests around the theme of time and learning to number our days.