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Meditation on Fornication by Fr. Lawrence Farley

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by Dorothea, May 29, 2013.

  1. Dorothea

    Dorothea One of God's handmaidens

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    Saw this in FB Orthodox Educators group I'm part of. Sharing it here. Just starting to read it, but heard it is excellent.

    Here's beginning excerpt followed by the link:

    Our present secular culture has fixed a great gap between people of my generation (i.e. those from the Jurassic period) and modern young people. And this gap is most easily observed when looking at our divergent understandings of fornication. Indeed, I remember once giving instruction to a young (chaste) catechumen, and casually mentioning that the Church opposed fornication. The eyes of the young’un glazed over a bit before asking me what fornication was. The person wasn’t asking for a more precise definition; rather, the person had no idea what the word meant. The word had effectively vanished from modern vocabulary and could only be recovered by looking it up in the Oxford English Dictionary. The current phrase used to describe the practice is, I am told, “hooking up”.

    Meditation on Fornication
     
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  3. Dorothea

    Dorothea One of God's handmaidens

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    Yes, I thought so, too. :)
     
  4. MKJ

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    Well, I have to say the title of this thread gave me pause.:sorry:
     
  5. AureateDawn

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    What an incredible piece. Thank you for sharing!

    These Orthodox views on sexuality are what I have kept in my life, though I have noticed that it is hard to believe such things regarding sexuality while you're living in the world with worldly ways outside of the Church. No one else really believes like I do regarding the topic.
     
  6. Gxg (G²)

    Gxg (G²) Pilgrim/Monastic on the Road to God (Psalm 84:1-7) CF Ambassadors Supporter

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    So relevant in a time when truth is deemed to be irrelevant. Thanks for the article and sharing thoughts to inspire :)
     
  7. ArmyMatt

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    thanks Dot!
     
  8. Dorothea

    Dorothea One of God's handmaidens

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    You're all welcome! Glad his blog was helpful and nourishing.
     
  9. truefiction1

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    Hey, I know that Father Lawrence Farley guy. We were in attendance together at St. Tikhon's Seminary back in the Jurassic period. Thanks Dot!
     
  10. Dorothea

    Dorothea One of God's handmaidens

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    You're welcome, true. :)
     
  11. truefiction1

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    ... Of course, he was much younger looking (and thinner) the last time I saw him. But that was around 1986 or something, so both of us were.:)
     
  12. Dorothea

    Dorothea One of God's handmaidens

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    :D
     
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