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Other Topics / Re: Picture of the Day
« Last post by Antonious Nikolas on Today at 12:16:19 PM »
I like the one who is gliding through shrugging her shoulders like she's photobombing.
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Non-Religious Topics / Re: Popular Mechanics terrified of free climbing
« Last post by Opus118 on Today at 12:09:15 PM »
The learned scientists discovered for themselves a new kind of anxiety

http://www.popularmechanics.com/adventure/outdoors/a24555/free-climb-video/

I am assuming this is you. I will watch it this weekend.
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Other Topics / Re: The Menswear Thread
« Last post by Opus118 on Today at 12:03:54 PM »
https://www.thefword.org.uk/2017/01/i-wore-mens-clothes-for-a-month-and-it-changed-my-life/

She is right about pockets, I could quibble about other parts of the article but this is a menswear thread. Besides the fabric, the first thing I look for in a sport coat is the pockets, I demand five at a minimum. I purchased two linen sport coats online for $16.95 each with free shipping because it met my minimum with the addition of being fully lined, vented, with a usually unneeded small inner hip pocket one the left side. I use the the left outer hip pocket for my cell phone and tissues, my right outer hip pocket for keys (I prefer to have key/coin pocket within this pocket) and smokes, the chest pocket for pens, the inner left chest pocket for my wallet and checkbook, the inner right chest pocket for tickets/letter and spare smokes, and the inner left hip pocket for the spare buttons that you are not supposed to lose and for things that I am supposed to hold that do not belong to me (like keys or a credit card).
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Other Topics / Re: OCnet Quotable Quotes
« Last post by Mor Ephrem on Today at 12:03:48 PM »
Indeed! He was a loving, humble man who never sought the limelight.  Rather, the depth of his message and the strength of his character caused others to seek him out unbidden in order that they might drink of the font of his genuine wisdom.  People quoted him, wrote songs about him, and even based their life upon his teachings without him having to make the slightest effort towards forced and vainglorious self-promotion.

I had to read this twice, as the description could just as easily be applied to Gebre himself.
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Indeed! He was a loving, humble man who never sought the limelight.  Rather, the depth of his message and the strength of his character caused others to seek him out unbidden in order that they might drink of the font of his genuine wisdom.  People quoted him, wrote songs about him, and even based their life upon his teachings without him having to make the slightest effort towards forced and vainglorious self-promotion.

I had to read this twice, as the description could just as easily be applied to Gebre himself.
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Other Topics / Re: Picture of the Day
« Last post by Dominika on Today at 11:38:05 AM »


Why's the nun in profile holding a fish? Is it the annual Lenten Sky Surfing with Bouquets Fish Fry?
A symbol of the ICHTYS ?...

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I believe the basic idea is that the Virgin should not be harmed or damaged (ie corrupted), in even the slightest way by her birthgiving. That is why this seemingly insignificant point is insisted on, along with the absence of birth pangs. Corruption refers not only to death and decay but all the unpleasant effects of the fall, including birth pains and (in the minds of many fathers) sexuality itself.

Well, yeah: no stretch marks, not having to go to the bathroom a lot....

There is a line of pious opinion which plainly derives from "female stuff is icky", and given the vision of St. Bridget of Sweden apparently women are not immune from this thinking. Really, they would try to push the thesis that Jesus didn't go to the bathroom, or if he did, it smelled like roses (always roses), if they thought they wouldn't be laughed at.
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I have splited the topic about the icon above and it can be found here.

Please, remember that Christian news section is not for polemics neither about Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism nor Oriental Orthodoxy nor about controversial icons.
Dominika, section moderator
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Maybe it's like the icons: the icon itself isn't Christ, but only an image of Him. Does that make sense?

No that does not make sense

It's like you said: You've managed to derive some soteriological meaning from this story (which is apocryphal), thus there's really no harm in it? It would be like if there were an icon of St. Iranaeous of Lyons [I think I meant St. Polycarp] with a dove coming from his side. Maybe it's not true but it's poetic... idk.
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