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Who Do We Turn To?

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by Ioustinos, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. Ioustinos

    Ioustinos Veteran

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    I have recently moved across the country to a new city, leaving behind my home church and spiritual father. Currently I am dealing with a very critical spiritual issue and am in great need of guidance from a spiritual father. I can still contact my former spiritual father, but at times he is hard to get a hold of because of his schedule. Furthermore, because I am new to the area I have not had an opportunity to find a new spiritual father. I have given to confession to one of the local priests and while he is a very kind priest I do not feel free to discuss this issue with him. With my former spiritual father there was a deep connection and I felt free to discuss anything with him. I would like to find another spiritual father with that same type of relationship.

    I am unsure of what to do and am in great need of guidance. Any words of wisdom or advice as to what to do? :sigh:
     
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  2. Anhelyna

    Anhelyna Handmaid of God CF Senior Ambassador Supporter

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    Oh boy - do I feel your pain - been there and am still working through it - seriously I do understand.

    Background - my SF was in France and like you I could and did talk freely with him , Confession was a joy though not as regular as I would have liked because of distance . We spoke on the phone regularly - I knew the best time to contact him. He was recalled to Australia some 3 years ago.

    OK that left me in a very ethnic parish [ Ukrainian] with a priest who spoke minimal English , whose understanding of English was sadly lacking - confession putting it bluntly, was just not possible.

    Now I have a Confessor outside my country again - I have to fly to see him ! BUT he understands me and makes time for me. When I visit we talk freely and I have complete trust in him.

    At present pray , pray more and pray harder than you have ever prayed until now.

    If you have confessed with a priest, who is kind - maybe you could arrange to see him and explain your problem - tell him that as yet , though you know you need to deal with a problem , you are not yet comfortable enough to open up . Let him take it from there.

    Hope this helps - it's not an incredibly orthodox solution [ in both senses of the word ;) ] but it may give you something to think about.

    Please forgive me if you think it was an inappropriate response .
     
  3. Barky

    Barky Member Supporter

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    Can't help you too much except to say I'm in the same boat. I've only had one "real" spiritual father when I converted, but he was also an army chaplain and had to move. I pray for a spiritual Father, and hope God will give us both one.
     
  4. katherine2001

    katherine2001 Veteran

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    Don't rule out your parish priest. He may be the Spiritual Father that God has in mind for you.
     
  5. ArmyMatt

    ArmyMatt Regular Member Supporter

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    if you cannot get to your SF, I would agree with Katherine, especially since it seems like this is a priest you can respect and trust.
     
  6. BraveMommy

    BraveMommy Newbie

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    Call or visit the closest Monastery and ask who they recommend. I'd have never found my spiritual father if I'd not done this.
     
  7. RosaryChaplet9

    RosaryChaplet9 Guest

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    Usually mom & dad or a dependable friend.
     
  8. RosaryChaplet9

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    Hello Anhelyna,

    What's wrong an Ethnic parish? I had a Priest that I talked to about 2-3 times a month but he died from cancer.
     
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