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 on: Today at 06:14:23 AM 
Started by IoanC - Last post by hecma925
Life is going on.  It's passing by.  See?  There it goes....

 92 
 on: Today at 06:10:53 AM 
Started by IoanC - Last post by IoanC
I am having trouble understanding certain things going on recently. And nobody is willing to answer. Any thoughts? On this.

 93 
 on: Today at 06:04:16 AM 
Started by GabrieltheCelt - Last post by hecma925
The Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated

 94 
 on: Today at 06:01:32 AM 
Started by Justin Kissel - Last post by hecma925


British Royal Marine in Afghanistan during a Christmas-time Best Moustache competition in 2007.

 95 
 on: Today at 05:58:38 AM 
Started by JamesR - Last post by hecma925
My brother-in-law's boyfriend is a Mexican Roman Catholic and he bought up a store's worth of St. Joseph candles.  I asked him why he got so many.

"They're cheap candles," he responded.  "And they last long."



At least it's no Santa Muerte.

 96 
 on: Today at 05:50:22 AM 
Started by Maximum Bob - Last post by hecma925
Lord, have mercy. 

 97 
 on: Today at 05:42:45 AM 
Started by Kmon23 - Last post by hecma925
Another idea, if you're going to get a bike, is to get a small bicycle engine.  You'd get to Church faster and it's not a Harley, so the suicide factor is nil.  

Although you said earlier that I can go to their church to make peace and spend time with them. At least while I was in RCIA prior, with not fulfilling Sunday obligation a mortal sin if it can be avoided (that I went early in the morning for mass before the protestant service which angered my mother a lot), wouldn't the Orthodox church teach similarly that going to Divine Liturgy is extremely important (although not in the legalistic mortal sin way of Catholicism), that I should go to Divine Liturgy whatever it takes?

Keep an open line of communication with your priest.  Also be open with your family.  If your mother was getting angry for not going to the protestant service (or going, but after mass, when you were in RCIA), how do you think she will react with you going to Liturgy?

 98 
 on: Today at 05:10:06 AM 
Started by Volnutt - Last post by Alveus Lacuna
Although I will state, I do not believe EO to be worshiping icons as idols directly.  However, I do believe there is a black and white area of idolatry, and that EO tradition has worked it's way into some grays.

Don't know if it helps at all, but maybe it would e beneficial to look at veneration thought the lens of God sharing his divinity and glory with his creatures in Christianity. In the New Covenant God makes men divine and holy, and thus the Christ-reality is actualized in mere men. That's the whole point of the work of Christ and theosis, to make men radiate with the light of God. When we honor those images, we honor the work of God in men which makes them divine. We kiss in respect the point of the incarnation; to sanctify matter and men.

Don't know if that helps, but hope that it does.

 99 
 on: Today at 05:10:06 AM 
Started by Volnutt - Last post by Alveus Lacuna
Oh, and here's a 2nd century (or 1st, according to some sources) icon:



The depiction of SS Peter and Paul hasn't really changed in over eighteen hundred years. 

Can you give the details on this icon?

 100 
 on: Today at 05:09:33 AM 
Started by Kmon23 - Last post by Kmon23
Have you tried calling the priest to see if he or a parishioner can give you a ride?

If that's not a possibility, you might just have to be at peace with your family and spend time with them, even if that means going to their church.

When you say that I should spend time with them and be at peace with them, then how should I go about my entire summer then.
I can't imagine not going to Divine Liturgy for a whole summer!

This is where planning comes into play.  I don't know where you live, but where I'm at it's very early Sunday morning.  If I wanted to get a ride to Liturgy today...impossible.  

But, hey, you're living under your family's roof and you know the dynamics in that household better than anyone on the internet.

As to what to do for summer, I suppose that's up to you.  If it were me, I'd be working to obtain a motorcycle or a very cheap car.

Also, I can imagine not going to Liturgy for a long time as I had to do it before.

I definitely can't obtain a motorcycle (my mother thinks it's suicide) and definitely not a cheap car because she'll think it's a huge waste of money to get a car to only use it to go to church (besides this church problem, we've never needed more than a single car for the family). And the car would be just sitting in a garage for most of the year due to school.

Although, since you mention buying a vehicle of transportation, I can definitely buy a bicycle. Significantly faster than walking. Thanks for the advice!


Although you said earlier that I can go to their church to make peace and spend time with them. At least while I was in RCIA prior, with not fulfilling Sunday obligation a mortal sin if it can be avoided (that I went early in the morning for mass before the protestant service which angered my mother a lot), wouldn't the Orthodox church teach similarly that going to Divine Liturgy is extremely important (although not in the legalistic mortal sin way of Catholicism), that I should go to Divine Liturgy whatever it takes?

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