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Other Topics / Re: Random Postings
« Last post by RaphaCam on Yesterday at 06:11:53 PM »
Maybe I should quit law school and study English. I would make an awful lawyer, but a great English teacher. This country needs people who teach them how to speak the XXI century language and enter the job market, not mediocre bureaucrats. Maybe I could also teach German and Spanish, but this would require further specialisation.
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Non-Religious Topics / Re: Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn't Work
« Last post by RaphaCam on Yesterday at 06:05:50 PM »
This is really disappointing.
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Religious Topics / Re: Do you believe hell and heaven are real?
« Last post by augustin717 on Yesterday at 06:02:28 PM »
Do you believe hell and heaven are real, because I don't believe anymore in spirits and demons.

Starting with the idea that God exists, it doesn't seem like too far to go before you get to these.
If god exists -as he may or may not,  What makes you think that's the God of the NT?
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Pretty much what I meant by analogy: if we should paint the Immaculate Heart on iconostases or compose canons to pray in a Vigil for Padre Pio, why venerate Guadalupe?

What is "Guadalupe"?  I know what "Immaculate Heart" is and why I think such a devotion is incompatible with Orthodoxy, and I know what "Padre Pio" is and why I think an official veneration of him would be inappropriate in Orthodoxy, but what is a "Guadalupe"?

A "Guadalupe" is a place name.  In Mexico.  Then there is what Catholics call "Our Lady of Guadalupe".  You can read about it here.

I guess it didn't come across as a sort of rhetorical question...  :P
I don't get it. :P
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Pretty much what I meant by analogy: if we should paint the Immaculate Heart on iconostases or compose canons to pray in a Vigil for Padre Pio, why venerate Guadalupe?

What is "Guadalupe"?  I know what "Immaculate Heart" is and why I think such a devotion is incompatible with Orthodoxy, and I know what "Padre Pio" is and why I think an official veneration of him would be inappropriate in Orthodoxy, but what is a "Guadalupe"?

A "Guadalupe" is a place name.  In Mexico.  Then there is what Catholics call "Our Lady of Guadalupe".  You can read about it here.

I guess it didn't come across as a sort of rhetorical question...  :P
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Faith Issues / Re: Food offered to pagan gods
« Last post by genesisone on Yesterday at 05:45:33 PM »
I think 1 Corinthians 10 shows this to be a matter of conscience. It would not be sinful, Liza, to eat the meat if you were unaware of its having been an offering to a pagan god. It is quite likely that the kind gentleman who offered it meant no offence. Under the circumstances, it's probably best to avoid it - difficult to explain without offence, of course - especially if you have enjoyed other treats in the past. Perhaps you can use the excuse of Great Lent and say that you are fasting from rich and overly-delicious desserts right now. Undoubtedly, this will be understood by your generous colleague. Is it possible that this might serve as a push for you to supply your coworkers with treats? Indeed, there is good reason that we should all be as generous as possible - I know I fail too often at this.

This is moving on a bit more - but what about foods labelled halal? I try to avoid them, mostly because I don't want to encourage their sale. If I get something home and then notice the labelling, I don't worry about it - just offer my own prayer of thanksgiving and make the sign of the cross.
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Other Topics / Re: Video of the Day
« Last post by Arachne on Yesterday at 05:44:23 PM »
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Non-Religious Topics / Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn't Work
« Last post by Asteriktos on Yesterday at 05:37:39 PM »
Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn't Work

...But how good are we at predicting the level of suicide risk? Not very good at all, it seems, according to two recent meta-analyses of the last forty years of suicide risk research. One group of authors even suggests that the process of suicide risk assessment itself might increase the likelihood of suicide...

A disappointing, and perhaps the most telling, finding was that there has been no improvement in the accuracy of suicide risk assessment over the last 40 years. They found no statistical method to identify patients at a high-risk of suicide in a way that would improve treatment...
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Religious Topics / Re: Having trouble believing God is good
« Last post by coptic orthodox boy on Yesterday at 05:00:35 PM »
Well, then you have a psychiatric problem underlying your thoughts.  That's a medical issue that requires constant relationship with a medical professional, perhaps even medication!

Let a physician help you, and then allow yourself to accept the Love and Comfort of God, and that all these stories should be interpreted through that lens, and not by itself.

Just an FYI, this post was meant for beebert, not cob

Mina

Haha.  I think I do have psychiatric problems as well.  I willfully go to judo/wrasslin' and Brazilian jiujitsu a few times throughout the week and have my body thrown around like a rag doll and twisted up like a pretzel; and I pay good money for it too. :o

Recently, I've started taking boxing classes.  Very therapeutic. 

I congratulate you on an excellent choice of hobbies.


Got a heavy bag hanging in the basement.  Purchased Bas Rutten's Workout CD a few years ago.  The CD has six 30 minute workouts where he calls out combinations and I give the heavy bag a heck of a beating a few times a week haha.  No more sparring however, I'm getting old (31 hahahahaha); gotta keep that mind fresh (and my face purdy for the ladies) but it is fun to beat up the heavy bag.

Bas is the 'Boss.'  I don't think I could keep up with his routine, since I'm pushing 50.
Sparring is actually easier than working a bag.  Too much time on the bag generally means sore arms the next day.

Since I went back to lurking the OCNet, I took up martial arts and lost almost 25lbs.  Some other positive changes are coming together as well: I decided to take Mike Rowe up on his admonitions and I'm studying for my Class A driver's license just in case I need a second job (my parish is habitually unstable when it comes to finances).  Being fit is extremely helpful in trucking, even with air brakes and power steering.

Anyway, off I go.  Keep up the good work(out)!


Father,

I'm in the process of changing careers myself as well (well you're technically looking for additional qualifications).  Got out of the navy last month and will be going to CEIBS in Shanghai, China for my MBA this August.  Currently working my way through FreeCodeCamp and CodeAcademy.  Hoping to work with a tech company upon the completion of my MBA.  Computer software capabilities in addition to my bilingual capabilities will hopefully make me attractive to potential employers. 
Good luck on your Class A driver's license.   :D
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Faith Issues / Re: Food offered to pagan gods
« Last post by Jetavan on Yesterday at 04:57:35 PM »
He mentioned this dish was prepared and then placed on the altar and prayed over....and now we eat it.

To whom is the altar dedicated? To whom did he pray?
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