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Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
- John 4:9
Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
- John 4:29
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I think often of my Catechist.
He helped me understand how the positive things I grew up with in my Adventist beliefs have been fully realized within the Orthodox Church.
There were some hard truths that I wasn't prepared to accept - especially since I live in a predominantly Adventist sub-culture. And at the time I wasn't prepared to face a few things. We are known for our Sabbitarianism, but that is only the surface - study the Investigative Judgement if you want to know how truly lost in the woods Adventist theology is. It's not a terrible dogma if you view God with certain assumptions, but the Orthodox soteriology makes much of that moot.
In the end, after our lessons I didn't ask to be brought into the church. I still have my wife and family who do follow the Adventist faith to consider, and, as I said, I don't think I was ready.
At this point though, I do not think that I will ever mention his name publicly for the kindness he showed me. I'm afraid of the reprisals he might face for his kindness.
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akkawi · a day ago
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gonna start being more catholic just so i can paint gilded icons it looks fun
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drsnp · 4 days ago
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Sunday! Church, and then a scholarship dinner later today.
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Too bad I don't live in Salt Lake City. I forced my wife to suffer through these videos, and by the end she told me that Fr. Paul was good at explaining his faith. She said she'd like to hear more from him. Baby steps.
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byzantine-nectarine · 6 days ago
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The rose does not speak, but puts forth a strong fragrance. We too, should put forth fragrance, pour forth spiritual fragrance, the fragrance of Christ. The fragrance of our deeds should be heard from far around: good, pure, and righteous deeds, full of love. Only thus can the Kingdom of God appear within our hearts, appearing not through words, but with power. Amen.
+ Saint Luke of Crimea, the Blessed Surgeon
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apptowonder · 10 days ago
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Hot take: setting aside an intentional time to pray, or read Scriptures or practice spiritual devotion, even if it’s a short amount of time, is just as valid as wanting to pray or read or meditate “all the time”. I feel like those (often evangelical) posts that say stuff like “if only we checked the Bible as much as we checked social media” or whatever are missing the point. Idk about you, but I can fill my unscheduled spare time with any number of things (including social media) but that’s just being human. But the 15 minutes or so I set aside for liturgical prayer is an intentionally chosen offering, and I believe that is pleasing to God.
It’s ok if you don’t have a set devotion too! God welcomes you in any moment. But don’t let anyone guilt trip you into thinking that God is displeased with you just vibing and living your life, or integrating communion with God into a holistic balanced schedule rather than trying to cut out anything not explicitly “spiritual”
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patristic-corgis · 16 days ago
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‘...as if I heard this Thy voice from on high:
“I am the food of grown men. Grow, and thou shalt feed upon Me;
nor shalt thou convert Me, like the food of thy flesh into thee, but thou shalt be converted into Me.”’
- Saint Augustine, Confessions, Book VII, Chapter X
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patristic-corgis · 16 days ago
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God requires not the doing of the commandments for their own sake, but the correction of the soul, for whose sake He established the commandments.
- St. Isaac the Syrian, Homilies, 34
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patristic-corgis · 16 days ago
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As God illumines all people equally with the light of the sun, so do those who desire to imitate God let shine an equal ray of love on all people. For wherever love disappears, hatred immediately appears in its place. And if God is love, then hatred is the devil. Therefore as one who has love has God within himself, so he who has hatred within himself nurtures the devil within himself.
- Saint Basil the Great, Homilies on Asceticism 3
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patristic-corgis · 16 days ago
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Learn to be silent more, and you will not sin and judge others. When you will cease complaining and will zealously care for the sick for God’s sake, then you will be freed from your illnesses, not only of the body, but also of the soul. If after your correction the illness does not leave, then it means that for your patience you will be given a crown in the future unending life.
- Saint Joseph of Optina, “Living Without Hypocrisy”
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istanbul · a month ago
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Serbian Nun Irina, Mileševa monastery.
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fischmonger · a month ago
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Love it when i go on a crazy posting spree n half my dash is me ♡ yes king talk to urself about crazy shit!
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rpeeze · a month ago
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I am so glad I had the foresight to take a personal day on Bright Monday because I am going to be completely nonfunctional tomorrow.
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rudyscuriocabinet · a month ago
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Fairuz - El Massih Kaam
Fairuz – El Massih Kaam
To our Eastern Orthodox friends, we wish you a blessed Pascha.  Christ is Risen! To celebrate the day, we have the legendary Lebanese singer Fairuz singing the paschal greeting in Greek and Arabic.
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birchshutter · a month ago
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Christ is Risen! - Brother Alois's message
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rudyscuriocabinet · a month ago
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[Youtube] Les Grandes Voix Bulgares - Chœr d'Hommes - Gospodi Pomilui
[Youtube] Les Grandes Voix Bulgares – Chœr d’Hommes – Gospodi Pomilui
As we celebrate Holy Saturday, we offer this, perhaps my favorite liturgical chant, for you, the reader, courtesy of Les Grandes Voix Bulgares.
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tearsofgolgatha · a month ago
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The path of life is all pain and tears, all thorns and nails. Crosses spring up everywhere there is stress and sorrow all around. Every step is a Gethsemane, every hill is a Golgotha, every moment a spear. If we squeezed the earth like a sponge it would drip blood and tears. ~Elder Ephraim
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28l4 · a month ago
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