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    Is Christmas marketing sinful or wrong?

    I think with the forum upgrades showing 'similar' threads, you can expect many ancient thread resurrections.
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    Prayer requests post here!

    My priests house and our chapel are under evacuation alert for a forest fire. Please pray for this situation.
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    I'm now a widower. Now what?

    I don't know where you are located, but my wife works for hospice locally. Here they have many people and resources to help with all aspects of the process, both for those dying and their loved ones, including the legal/paperwork issues. Might be worth reaching out if there is something in your...
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    My vacation is ruined

    I feel your pain. I missed out on pascha this year due to covid from a careless co-worker. I hope you are able to find some joy in your holiday.
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    Charity and an attitude . . .

    Yes I struggle with this. It does seem that there are a lot more people on the streets asking for money. There was this young guy sitting on the corner begging, who's clothes easily cost more than my car. I just don't know what to do with that. I need to see people properly, not with my physical...
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    Questions about Icons

    In my limited experience, many icons I have seen done by non-Orthodox, tend to import a western, or perhaps modern sense of symmetry and aesthetics. I find it jarring, and detrimental to the purpose of the icon. But I'm kinda sensitive to such things, some might say picky. The image you posted...
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    Covid and the Body/Blood of Christ

    Forgive me if I overstep; I don't know you, you don't know me, but I would encourage you to be very careful with this way of thinking. It is easy to develop an unhealthy mindset when we focus on what is wrong. We human beings seem to always find what we are looking for.
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    Is it “unequally yoked” for an Orthodox to marry a Protestant?

    I became Orthodox after I was married and my kids were mostly grown (my youngest turns sixteen this year). None have become Orthodox, they don't seem to see the point. They are very accommodating, I will be spending all of Holy week away. Love goes a long way in making things work. That being...
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    Industrial Automation/Robotics

    This reminds me of a sentence that I think was in the sayings of the desert father's, where a monk is mentioned as one who watered his garden with a machine or mechanism of some sort. Wanting to use our talents for the glory of God is a good thing, as long as we are putting His will before our...
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    Salvation - Paradigm

    This topic reminds me of St. Augustine refuting Pelagius. In rejecting Pelagius's extreme views of man's role in his salvation, Augustine adopted a rather extreme view in the opposite direction. As much as Western Christendom has for the most part focused heavily on a juridical understanding of...
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    Orthodox integration of scripture

    In my experience of various protestant denominations, there was certainly a lot of bible study. But it felt more like something external that we used to try to compress or conform ourselves to the image of Christ we perceived there. While in Orthodoxy, scripture emanates from the very heart of...
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    Prayer requests post here!

    Please pray for me. My vehicle broke down two months ago. The biggest issue with this is it prevents me from getting to liturgy. I don't presently have time to fix it myself, and the mechanic I took it to is acting in a very dishonest and untrustworthy manner. Not sure what to do at this point.
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    Solipsist Saints

    OP, I think that I can relate to how you feel. For me, coming to realize that my brain is not the seat of my mind, rather the heart, was a profound revelation. There is good reason the hesychastic saints speak about bringing the mind into the heart. Living primarily in the sensory processing...
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    Today's reading from the Synaxarium, Oct. 30/Paope 20: the departure of Abba John the Short

    I have that book. I think I purchased it after you mentioning it on here before. One day I will have to commission an icon of him.
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    Today's reading from the Synaxarium, Oct. 30/Paope 20: the departure of Abba John the Short

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have a great love for Abba John Kolobos.
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    Addendum to my last post “what can we trust?”

    Forgive me. If it doesn't make sense, please disregard. It is what came to my mind when reading your questions. I think healthy self esteem is seeing yourself as you are, and still trusting God. Outside of that, I haven't found much value in self examination.
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    Addendum to my last post “what can we trust?”

    Maybe I am misunderstanding, but your questioning reminds me of the story in the desert Fathers of the young ascetic who was neglected and abused by his elder. Trusting in God that it was for his salvation, he chose to stay with that elder. Shortly after this he died, and through his...
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    Do not love the world

    All the beauty and goodness of this world comes from God. When one is thirsty, why drink from the river when one can drink from the source (Right out of the homily in the prologue of Ohrid for today. Timely). Embracing the beauty of creation, without recognizing the Creator will not lead us to...
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    Refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19 is a ’sin’ & anti-vaxxers must spend their life repenting

    Some of us are Hobbits, some of us are men of Gondor, my wife says I'm an Ent.