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Faith Issues / Re: Strange icons
« Last post by Matthew Herman on Yesterday at 11:04:57 PM »
The tree



From the life of St Irene Chrysovalantou:

On great feasts it was the custom of Irene to keep vigil in the courtyard of the monastery, giving thanks for the awesome beauty of creation. During one of these vigils one of the nuns, who was unable to sleep, left her cell and entered the courtyard. The nun was blessed to see Irene motionless, in prayer and levitated a metre off the ground, with two cypress trees bent to the ground before her. After Irene had finished, she blessed the trees and they returned to standing upright.

At first, the nun thought this to be a vision of the evil one. Afterwards, when others of the sisterhood noticed handkerchiefs at the top of those trees, the nun who saw Irene related what she saw. In response to this the whole sisterhood was so excited that Irene rebuked them, focusing on the need for concentration of their own prayer rule and ordering them not to relate any miracles until after Irene's repose.


Source: http://orthodoxwiki.org/Irene_Chrysovalantou

My wife's Patron Saint.  :)

Pray for us St. Irene of Chrysovalantou!

In Christ,
Matthew Herman
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When I talked to a Catholic priest about my intentions to leave Anglicanism and join the Catholic Church, he said that the baptism is recognized and all what I need to do is bring my baptism certificate and go through the RCIA which will start soon until the confirmation which will take place at Easter time.

Yes, the Catholic Church believes that even a non-Christian can validly confer baptism; the priesthood is not necessary for validity. Your Anglican confirmation is not accepted because the Catholic Church does not believe Anglican priests to be real priests.

Indeed. I apologize for my misunderstanding.
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Maybe write a blog entitled "journeys to atheism".

Perfect. Really puts all the convert vanity blogs into perspective.
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Prayer Forum / Re: For the priest of my parish
« Last post by marigold on Yesterday at 10:55:05 PM »
Lord, grant safe travel to Your servant.
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Two months ago I decided to stop believing.  At this point, there is no turning back.

A flair for the dramatic, I see.

I was wondering what I should wear?  Maybe a long cassock with a giant "A" on the back.  ...in red embroidered thread.

...it crossed my mind.

lol.  Maybe write a blog entitled "journeys to atheism".   Some Random dude and his authoritative thoughts on his newly aquired atheism.  The Internet is great for things like that.

I just took up motorcycle riding 1 year ago,  I was planning on writing a blog on offering tips and advice motorcycle safety, repair, and maintanence.
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Two months ago I decided to stop believing.  At this point, there is no turning back.

A flair for the dramatic, I see.
Lol I love you.
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Two months ago I decided to stop believing.  At this point, there is no turning back.

A flair for the dramatic, I see.

I was wondering what I should wear?  Maybe a long cassock with a giant "A" on the back.  ...in red embroidered thread.

...it crossed my mind.
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Religious Topics / Re: Why can't I believe?
« Last post by Alveus Lacuna on Yesterday at 10:35:19 PM »
If I'm allowed to jump in and say anything here, I'd like to make the statement that argumentation only goes so far with certain types of issues. I feel like religion is one of those things that really just boils down to whether or not you buy it at the end of the day. I know that there are plenty of reason to argue against even my own belief system and to reject it, but I think that at the end of the day it's really as simple as - "Nah, I call B.S. There's no way that happened. This is all just a way to control people."

I get that. I'm not saying anyone has even argued that here. But there's just a drop off point where we all go with our gut.

Best of luck, Michael. If you still want to chat on the phone, I'm down!
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Faith Issues / Re: The Office of Priesthood
« Last post by Hinterlander on Yesterday at 10:20:58 PM »
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Religious Topics / Re: Why can't I believe?
« Last post by MichaelofSN on Yesterday at 10:09:31 PM »
The conversation had become vapid. I recommend that nobody else indulge the OP any further. Your time would be better spent attempting to win the lotter.

Rich, indeed.
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