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Prayer Forum / Re: Please pray for my Mom who died
« Last post by vorgos on Today at 12:44:44 PM »
Memory eternal.
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Prayer Forum / Re: Please pray for my Mom who died
« Last post by seekeroftruth777 on Today at 12:38:54 PM »
Lord have mercy Memory Eternal!
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Prayer Forum / Re: Please pray for my Mom who died
« Last post by Justin Kolodziej on Today at 12:36:32 PM »
eternal memory!
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Prayer Forum / Re: Please pray for my Mom who died
« Last post by HaydenTE on Today at 12:36:24 PM »
Lord, have mercy! Memory eternal!
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Prayer Forum / Re: Please pray for my Mom who died
« Last post by wlee4048 on Today at 12:36:01 PM »
Lord have mercy!
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Prayer Forum / Re: Please pray for my Mom who died
« Last post by IXOYE on Today at 12:19:18 PM »
Lord, have mercy!
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Orthodox-Catholic Discussion / Re: Benedictus Deus, Seeing Gods essence
« Last post by Alpo on Today at 11:51:35 AM »
"Ecumenical council of Vienna"   :D Hope saying that aloud here made you feel better.

It feels as good as "Ecumenical council of Chalcedon".   :)

Yes, that is as silly too. Nobody talks like that except for polemical purposes.
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Orthodox-Catholic Discussion / Re: Benedictus Deus, Seeing Gods essence
« Last post by Xavier on Today at 11:49:02 AM »
Indeed, our souls and the souls of all the Saints, together with the holy Angels, will see God as He is face to face in heaven, which no one can do on this earth while in the flesh. First, we see in Scripture, the Lord says, "Blessed are the pure of heart. For they shall see God"(Mat 5:8). And again, of the guardian Angels appointed for children, "their Angels always behold the face of My Father in heaven"(18:10). St. Paul says, "Strive for the sanctification without which no one will see God"(Heb 12:14). St. John says, "When He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Whoever has this hope keeps himself pure, as He is pure" (1 Jn 3:2). Second, from the universal Tradition of both East and West pertaining to theosis or divinisation (taught by St. Augustine, St. Ambrose, St. Athanasius, St. Maximus etc.), For a man becomes "one Spirit with God" (1 Cor 6:17) precisely when he participates in the Creator's own self-knowledge and love, when he becomes a "partaker of the divine nature"(2 Pet 1:4) and thus knows and loves God as the Persons of the Holy Trinity know and love one another. If we partake of the divine nature/essence when we see God face to face, it is clear from the texts cited that it will be the sight of this nature itself that transforms and divinises us. It is in this sense St. Paul says, "now I see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known" (1 Cor 13:12)
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Faith Issues / Hillel and our Lord in Orthodox theology
« Last post by wgw on Today at 11:06:32 AM »
Hillel, the Jewish aage who died in 10 AD, aaid many things similoar to what our Lord taught, for example, the Golden Rule; he went as far as to say like our Lord that the entire Torah was simply an explanation of this principle of "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Since Hillel died when our saviour was just a boy, do we have any hagiographic or doctrinal position on him?  It seems to me that at a minimum, he was an exceptionallly enlightened man, who. in some respects may have received divine grace to prepare the Jewish population for our Lord in the same way that Sts. David, Solomon, Ezra, et al did, that is to say, he was not, like St. John the Baptist, the Forerunner, but he could well have been a saint whose enlightened teachings corresponded in large measure to those of our Lord,
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The number of nones may be rising, but I wonder if there is an actual rise in the number of non-believers. I suspect what may really be going on is a decrease in the sort of social pressure that used to keep non-believers going to church.
Both atheists and agnostics have increased as a percentage of the American population from 2007 to 2014.



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