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 on: Today at 08:24:55 AM 
Started by byhisgrace - Last post by MalpanaGiwargis
If I can offer a reply to the OP as one who is not (yet?) Orthodox, I converted to Catholicism back in the late 90s when I was in college. At the time, it seemed a perfect solution to the objections I had always had to the largely Baptist Christianity I grew up in (my family was devout but denominationally-vague). Examining my life at that time, though I certainly “believe[d] and profess[ed] all that the holy Catholic Church teaches, believes and proclaims to be revealed by God” (from the profession of faith before my reception), I think my decision to convert was, among other things, excessively based on doctrine and Western history. Obviously doctrine is important, but syllogism and deduction divorced, even conceptually, from prayer is a problem. I don't think that that is intrinsic to Catholicism, but the Latin tradition is more tempted to rationalism than the many Eastern traditions. And by focusing on the West, Catholicism naturally seemed to me more correct than Protestantism; while the Reformers had many very valid points, their position ultimately had to be rejected because they did not return to apostolic doctrine and practice, instead choosing to invent their own churches and polities.

To cut this off a bit, focus less on history, less on doctrine. Brilliant minds on every side have come to different conclusions. Catholics become Orthodox and Orthodox become Catholic, each claiming a clear conscience and certainty from their investigations. Pray every day and cultivate a relationship with someone in each tradition to talk to. A priest is obviously a good place to start; he may have valuable information for you. Don't make a quick decision - coming to God is not a sprint, but a marathon. Trust that God will guide you where He wants you. Keep in mind the wise saying of St. Anthony the Great:

“Somebody asked Anthony, 'What shall I do in order to please God?' He replied, 'Do what I tell you, which is this: wherever you go, keep God in mind; whatever you do, follow the example of Holy Scripture; wherever you are, stay there and do not move away in a hurry. If you keep to these guidelines, you will be saved.’”

 on: Today at 08:20:45 AM 
Started by byhisgrace - Last post by Jonathan
This is a really good book for an intro to these history issues http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1481905880/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1416658742&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SY200_QL40

 on: Today at 08:19:46 AM 
Started by hecma925 - Last post by sakura95
Burritos are better because they are bigger. The bigger the portion, the better  Cheesy

You know you can eat more than one taco. It takes about 6 or 7 plus a bowl of rice to fill me up at the dinner table.

Where the heck is Papist when you need him? He's the only other Mexican here apart from me AFAIK.

Yes but the shells of tacos are hard and brittle. It would crack easily and easily cause a huge mess. Burritos on the other hand are more firm and can eaten with ease, with more satisfaction since it is less likely cause a huge mess and it is bigger in size and portion. Easting more than one burrito also sounds better than having more than one tacos. So burritos win.

 on: Today at 08:17:16 AM 
Started by GabrieltheCelt - Last post by hecma925
Eurotrash dance music lately.

ItaloBrothers - My Life Is A Party (R.I.O. Video Edit)

 on: Today at 08:12:36 AM 
Started by Cyrillic - Last post by Alpo
I need to buy new glasses. I'm thinking of buying these. I might end up looking like an owl but at least I will be a vintage owl.

I was a bit suprised hear that they are still made in New York. I thought that all are made in third world countries these days.

 on: Today at 08:09:08 AM 
Started by sakura95 - Last post by LBK
I would have to deal with sneezing and discharging out the mucus now though.

Talk about making mountains out of molehills ....

Just blow your nose before venerating the icon. It's not that hard.  Tongue

 on: Today at 08:08:17 AM 
Started by sakura95 - Last post by sakura95
Veneration =/= French kissing

I never said anything about French Kissing......(●´ω`●)ゞ

 on: Today at 08:06:08 AM 
Started by Salpy - Last post by Alpo
How different Classical Armenian is from vernacular Armenian? Do people understand it?

 on: Today at 08:05:04 AM 
Started by sakura95 - Last post by sakura95
This calls for common scene don't you think?Tongue
I mean would you like to kiss the icons right after a sick person kisses them?

I have a light form of bacteriafobia that I feel religious habits like kissing icons trigger.
Holy water is the same thing, if not worse.
It makes me wonder if this is where you catched the cold in the first place?

Who knows...
Common sense should dictate IMO:)

Anyways, Hope you're feeling better soon:)

I wouldn't want to but it doesn't mean I would not actually venerate it. However I can be certain that I didn't get the cold from venerating Icons. Most likely I think that I got the cold from contact with someone infected in the first place since there's quite a lot of people with the Cold now. At least I didn't caught a sore throat or fever like some of my friends did.

I would be just using my forehead to venerate Icons as suggested by those that posted here. It's the most sensible and appropriate thing to do in my circumstance.

Of course about that cold I got, I'm better now since the throat irritation is gone. I would have to deal with sneezing and discharging out the mucus now though.

 on: Today at 07:42:50 AM 
Started by Charles Martel - Last post by Charles Martel
The formal active essence of original sin was not removed from her soul, as it is removed from others by baptism

Did we ever figure out how many angels could fit on that pin?
Are we going to wax philosophically now?

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