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Orthodox Family Forum / Re: Holding kids back in school
« Last post by RaphaCam on Yesterday at 08:28:51 PM »
I don't know what to say,  but FWIW growing up as the youngest kid of the class was very hard until I was, like, 11. Socially, not intellectually.
Orthodox Family Forum / Re: Fasting Recipes
« Last post by RaphaCam on Yesterday at 08:24:01 PM »
Memory eternal!
another, more helpful article:
I hope some of his letters and sermons get translated into English sooner rather than later.
Other Topics / Re: Would you buy Cannabis seeds from Royal Company?
« Last post by Arachne on Yesterday at 07:32:40 PM »
The only kind of hemp I'm interested in is the usable fibre variety.
Orthodox Family Forum / Re: Holding kids back in school
« Last post by CarolS on Yesterday at 07:29:51 PM »
For kindergardeners, a few extra months of life can really make a difference.  We started our daughter early. I didn't want her to coast through school and be lazy and also knew that by middle-school she might be one of the tallest females. The cutoff was August 1, but we appealed for special admission at the public school, her birthday is mid-September. For the first few years, she was self-conscious at being the youngest in her grade.  It took till about 5th grade till she really caught up with her classmates, even though she is very hardworking and intelligent.  In elementary school, if we had held her back, she would have undoubtedly been eligible for extra enrichment for the gifted kids, but she missed that as the youngest in her grade.  By high school, all her friends were dating and driving before her. 

You will have to decide based on knowing your child.  Some benefits of starting early might be learning to work hard and be humble.  Drawbacks to early start could be frustration with learning and inablility to connect well with peers. An extra year also helps the child to compete better with sports.
Other Topics / Re: Would you buy Cannabis seeds from Royal Company?
« Last post by Asteriktos on Yesterday at 07:27:53 PM »
I have not applied for the necessary license in my state of residence to grow this plant, nor do I plan to do so in the foreseeable future. Plus, secondhand pot smoke makes me feel yuckyuck.
Other Topics / Re: W.A.G.-word association game
« Last post by Gamliel on Yesterday at 07:24:55 PM »
Other Topics / Re: Would you buy Cannabis seeds from Royal Company?
« Last post by Peacemaker on Yesterday at 07:15:45 PM »
No, in the same way I wouldn't open a store and sell pornography, cigarettes, birth control or pro-LGBT goods. I just wouldn't feel comfortable.
Liturgy / Re: Jesus Prayer as substitute for the Hours?
« Last post by Peacemaker on Yesterday at 07:11:30 PM »
Among some Orthodox monastics (and occasionally other faithful), the canonical hours and preparation for Holy Communion may be replaced by praying the Jesus Prayer a specified number of times dependent on the service being replaced. In this way prayers can still be said even if the service books are for some reason unavailable or the person is not literate or otherwise unable to recite the service; the prayer rope becomes a very practical tool in such cases, simply for keeping count of the prayers said. However, among some monastics - hesychasts, for example - this replacement is the norm.
One scheme for replacing the Divine Services with the Jesus Prayer is as follows:[5][6]
Instead of the entire Psalter: 6000 Jesus Prayers
One kathisma of the Psalter: 300 prayers (100 for each stasis)
Midnight Office: 600
Matins: 1500
The Hours without the Inter-Hours: 1000;
The Hours with the Inter-Hours: 1500
Vespers: 600
Great Compline: 700
Small Compline: 400
A Canon or Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos (Mother of God): 500
Over the centuries, various cell rules[7] have developed to help the individual in the daily use of the prayer rope. However, there is no single, standardized method in use universally throughout the Church. There may be prostrations after each prayer or after a certain number of prayers, depending upon the particular rule being followed.
Not of your business, not of mine.

This kind of thread--this kind of threat--is one of the reasons I rail against the blind and generic "ask your priest" advice people sometimes give. This whole "he's a priest/monk/whatever, he must be trustworthy to divulge your deepest darkest problems to!" assumption.

I've always read and been told that lay-person(s) need to have a certain level of discernment and the suggestions of our priests and spiritual fathers are just that, suggestions - as you have free will to follow it or not. However this isn't an excuse to go "priest shopping" looking for a priest that will agree with your desires and opinions, thus helping you feel justified. Monastics are the only ones that follow 100% obedience as the monastic life is considered a living martyrdom and giving up of ones free will, BUT only if the direction of the abbot is not breaking the rules of holy scripture. As for this particular priest/abbot, things will work themselves out and God will correct what needs to be corrected. I think it is and opportunity for faith and trust in Christ. May God forgive this priest, may he learn from his mistakes and grow to correct them and may God forgive us (and myself above all) for any judgement we may have against Fr Joachim as he is still a member of the true faith and a priest (even though currently not active) of the body of Christ.
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