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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #225 on: January 13, 2016, 08:09:18 PM »
At the time 3rd member from Brazil. Interesting.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #226 on: January 13, 2016, 08:19:48 PM »
You mean joining recently? :D
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #227 on: January 13, 2016, 08:23:24 PM »
You mean joining recently? :D

Active. But one joined a few weeks ago, maybe a bit more IIRC.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #228 on: January 14, 2016, 01:30:01 AM »
Greetings to all.
I've been an orthodox christian for some time now. Residing in Brasília - Brazil. 26, lawyer.
I often go to a greek parish here.
I'm joining this forum in hopes of learning more about our faith and developing myself spiritually. One of the downsides of living in my country is that this is no orthodox country and orthodoxy is fairly new here. So we don't have a lot of resources.
I hope to learn from you guys.

Cheers.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #229 on: January 14, 2016, 08:51:24 AM »
Been to this page already, hecma :) TY anyways.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #230 on: January 22, 2016, 02:30:04 PM »
Hello Everyone,

As I have joined the forum I believe an introduction is in order.
I go by the moniker Simple Brother and I am 48 years old. My spiritual journey (for lack of a better word) has covered a wide piece of land. I became a Christian at the age of 16 after a tumultuous childhood. I spent a number of years in the Assemblies of God. In my mid 20's I had an argument with God that ended with me walking away from Him.

I spent the next eight years as a practicing pagan. I followed the usual eclectic New Age gamut (Celtic and Native American shamanism, Wicca, Goetic Thaumaturgy, as well as Chaos Magick). One Friday morning the Lord figuratively slapped my head and told me to straighten up. That was 14 years ago.

I have since been involved in two churches. One was a bapticostal non denominational church and the other a Four Square church where I serve on the board. I was ordained several years ago and my wife and I are also running a small Bible study ministry among unchurched geeks.

I have noted a particular lack of spiritual depth and knowledge of church history among "low church" congregations (Not that I'm anything special).What I do find disturbing is the lack of desire to explore the issue.  It also seems that many of the "high church" denominations are falling into downright heresy(ordaining practicing homosexuals and such).

 I know that no denomination or congregation is perfect. Yet, I can't help but feel that the Ancient church practices are the correct ones. Hence, the last year or so I've been actively studying the Orthodox church and incorporating what I can into my life.

Why don't I convert? Two reasons actually, The first is it would be very disruptive to my marriage. My wife is very happy where we are and as she is my first earthly priority her happiness is more important than mine. The second is I do not know if I am disciplined enough to live an "Orthodox" lifestyle. I have trouble enough keeping up with my prayer rule short and simple though it be.

So there we are. I also enjoy reading, the occasional video game and movie. I do a little art as the mood strikes me.

Cheers

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #231 on: January 22, 2016, 02:32:12 PM »
Welcome, simplebrother!  :)
The term planet earth is an innovation which has arisen in recent centuries with the error of heliocentrism.

If one wants to confess a pure doctrine of Orthodoxy, they should be careful not to refer to the earth as a planet, unlike the current Pope as well as Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch Bartholomew, who regularly speak in error when they refer to our planet earth.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #232 on: January 22, 2016, 02:38:59 PM »
Thank You,  :)

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #233 on: January 22, 2016, 02:54:04 PM »
Welcome!

...I do not know if I am disciplined enough to live an "Orthodox" lifestyle.

None of us are.  Just look around. 
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #234 on: January 22, 2016, 04:05:33 PM »
Thank you Mor.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #235 on: January 22, 2016, 11:12:02 PM »

Welcome to the Forum!!!

Buckle up and enjoy the ride!!!  :D
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #236 on: January 22, 2016, 11:33:22 PM »
28, seminarian, blacksmith, fish-belly-white red-beareded Metis from Northern Ontario, Canada

I don't know if I posted on here before. So yeah.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #237 on: January 22, 2016, 11:40:26 PM »
Wow. Welcome.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #238 on: January 23, 2016, 12:26:56 AM »
Hm... I suppose I should make a post here!

I generally lurk, on occasion, and very rarely post.

I'm 23. I am from a RC background who became a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church the beginning of last year. Glory to God, I am a little over 1 year old!

I am trying to figure out my post-undergrad life, but as a bottom line, I know that I am in the Church that God wants me to be in. God willing I will enter into law school this coming fall, I am working on applications, and potentially a Master's program as well.

That's about all and more than I would prefer to share but I figured it was worth making somewhat of an introduction. Particularly considering my rare postings, who knows when I shall see you all again!

God bless!

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #239 on: January 23, 2016, 12:36:12 AM »
Welcome!

I'm 23. I am from a RC background who became a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church the beginning of last year. Glory to God, I am a little over 1 year old!

Awesome.  :)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #240 on: January 23, 2016, 08:40:28 AM »
Welcome to the Forum!!!!

It's great getting to know the new folks!
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #241 on: January 26, 2016, 03:30:26 PM »
Hello all,

I want to introduce myself. I'm a 30 year old who had the bright idea to go back to school a couple of years ago (law). I'm married with 1 child. I grew up Southern Baptist and was one of those kids that was pretty much there every time the doors were open. Late in my teenage years I began to drift away from my faith while at the same time becoming disillusioned with the church I was going to. I have basically spent the last decade waffling back and forth between the atheist/agnostic realm even though my wife and I were members of an Episcopalian church (we rarely even went).

For whatever reason, I woke up a few months ago with a desire to go to church and to re-discover Christianity. I wish I could tell you what brought it on, but it just kind of hit me one morning. Anyway, the mainstream Protestant world I grew up in doesn't hold much appeal to me, so I was kind of unsure what church to go to. My father-in-law is Orthodox so he lent me some of his books and I went to a Divine Liturgy and loved it. I am still working out what it is that I believe, but Orthodoxy appeals to me on many levels. I've made going to Divine Liturgy part of my normal routine now and the priest has been very gracious in answering my questions and just being there to talk in general.

I found this site while just doing some general research. I've been lurking and soaking up as much info as I can. I've really enjoyed it so far. I look forward to fruitful discussions with all of you.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #242 on: January 26, 2016, 03:33:13 PM »
I found this site while just doing some general research. I've been lurking and soaking up as much info as I can. I've really enjoyed it so far. I look forward to fruitful discussions with all of you.

Grant this, O Lord.   ;)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #243 on: January 27, 2016, 01:16:02 AM »
Welcome to the new folks.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #244 on: April 21, 2016, 04:31:09 PM »
Hello everyone

I'm Peter and I'm a Roman Catholic. I'm very interested in what different Christian groups believe and in particular how different groups practice their faith in liturgy and devotions. I'm a Catholic who was once Anglican, but I know very little about Orthodoxy, so I'm here to discover a little about Orthodoxy to help me understand better how different people worship God. I really am almost completely ignorant about Orthodox customs and terminology, so forgive me if I use the wrong terms for things.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #245 on: April 21, 2016, 10:42:09 PM »
Welcome Petros!  :)
The term planet earth is an innovation which has arisen in recent centuries with the error of heliocentrism.

If one wants to confess a pure doctrine of Orthodoxy, they should be careful not to refer to the earth as a planet, unlike the current Pope as well as Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch Bartholomew, who regularly speak in error when they refer to our planet earth.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #246 on: April 21, 2016, 11:42:04 PM »
Good to see you here, Petros.
You've asked a lot, so stick around, hold on and enjoy.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #247 on: June 08, 2016, 03:46:17 AM »
Hello, I'm 40 y.o., Greek.
I'm a deacon in one of the EP's monasteries in Turkey. I serve as librarian here. But now I'm interested how the christian dialog goes in the Internet...

As luck would have it, nowadays no one can be isolated from the world. A lot of atrocious things are happening there. Even now, while I'm writing, victims of the Istanbul terror attack and relatives of those who were killed by the car bomb are suffering. That's why I ask you to pray for the peace in Turkey and everywhere!

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« Reply #248 on: June 08, 2016, 03:47:38 AM »
Nice to meet you, Petros!

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #249 on: June 08, 2016, 03:50:17 AM »
Hello, I'm 40 y.o., Greek.
I'm a deacon in one of the EP's monasteries in Turkey. I serve as librarian here. But now I'm interested how the christian dialog goes in the Internet...

As luck would have it, nowadays no one can be isolated from the world. A lot of atrocious things are happening there. Even now, while I'm writing, victims of the Istanbul terror attack and relatives of those who were killed by the car bomb are suffering. That's why I ask you to pray for the peace in Turkey and everywhere!

Welcome, Father Deacon!
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #250 on: September 25, 2016, 08:15:24 PM »
O.k. Im Charlie from California
Vain to say my age. o.k. over 40 .but nobodys old in california.
Family came from Serbia turn of the century
Still enjoy the old country traditions food and music.
Want to go back to the1980s and be young again
Thinking about buying a motorcycle or convertable and pretend im magnum p.i.  (tom selleck)
Like Chinese and italian food .gambling (sorry father) and like to make corny jokes
To get mind off of crazy world.



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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #251 on: September 29, 2016, 08:52:02 PM »
It takes me a year to find these things.  :D

My real name is Emily.  To piece together things I've revealed in various posts plus a couple extra details:
I'm technically mostly Bavarian German, but I have only ever thought of myself as white American girl person.  I was transplanted from the Midwest to the South as an infant, so I'm not even allowed a regional identity (my accent varies from none to total hick; it's bizarre).
I'm 33, married, and have three children ages 6 to 10.  We also have two large breed dogs and eight hens.
We homeschool, so most of each day is just parenting and keeping house (or meager attempts at both, anyway).
I try to garden some, and am slowly expanding my knowledge in that area.  I also enjoy short hikes and camping when we're able.  I don't have anything like backwoods experience, though.

The spiritual side of things: I was raised Methodist, fell into sordid garbage around 16, reformed around 20 via my now-husband and a Southern Baptist church...and have been searching theologies beyond that to varying degrees, for various reasons, and in various ways since I was 27ish.  Probably most of it was avoidable and unnecessary, possibly even wrong.  I learned of Orthodoxy about four years ago, and joined the forum because literally everyone around me is hostile/suspicious/dismissive of Orthodoxy.  I attended a parish for several months.  The intervening details are complicated and probably self-created.  So there's the nutshell, to the best of my ability.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #252 on: September 29, 2016, 10:17:22 PM »
I'm Raphael, 19, from Rio de Janeiro. I study Law and work for a public defender. I come from a Catholic/Kardecist/irreligious background and started to attend an Orthodox parish at 17. I've been posting here for a while (2k posts) but I wanted to subscribe to this thread posting something other than "subscribed" or "following".
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #253 on: September 30, 2016, 07:33:07 PM »
Hello. I have posted here since August. Interesting board. Right now I am on my Kindle device, so this post will be brief. Raised Roman Catholic/Anglican. Anglican is what took. Almost became a Monk and Priest in a Benedictine monastery. Fell away from my Faith for several years. Recently was in an LCMS church (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) on my birthday, 29 May this year. Minding my own business when I had a Vision of Jesus Christ. He reached out His hand to me from the Cross and said, "you are a sinner and deserve eternal damnation and punishment. But take my hand, sinner, and be saved."

The First Vision caught me so much by surprise I about fell over. I refused to accept that it had even happened. I thought I was going loony. But then, to prove His point, Jesus did the same exact thing again just two minutes later, or less. Well, you can't deny reality when it slaps your face TWICE! I went to the Pastor that moment and asked to be instructed in the Lutheran Faith. I was confirmed on 21 August of this year.

As some of you know, we are a conservative, Confessional Lutheran Church. We don't fall for all the faddish liberal garbage that Mainline Protestants go for.

Obviously I am not going to agree with everything you say. But I hope we can still respect each other. In peace,

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #254 on: September 30, 2016, 08:14:08 PM »
What a really great thread!
"Love ... is an abyss of illumination, a mountain of fire ... . It is the condition of angels, the progress of eternity" (Climacus).

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #255 on: February 10, 2017, 08:45:23 AM »
Hello!
Been a silent reader for quite a while before I decided to sign up here.
I really like this forum because the conversation style is polite in general and moderators
see to it that ad-hominems are quickly contained before they escalate.
Unfortunately, this is rather exceptional for Christian boards.
Naturally, the apologetic "battles" being fought in the Orthodox-Catholic subforum are of interest to me   ;D
My main reason for registering here:

My most wonderful wife is Orthodox, I am a Roman Catholic favoring tradition.
We are both practising and serious about it, you can imagine this is challenging.
Take it from me, I have a real good practical understanding why bishops from both East and West advised and continue to advise against or at least recommend caution
with those so-called "mixed marriages". It is not so much the theological differences - which do exist and are important - but rather
apparently small things in every day life which are self-evident for orthodox/orthodox or catholic/catholic couples.
Those little things cause dozens of discussions and controversies.
From a lot of personal experience, I know that one must tread lightly when it comes to things where the East and West disagree.
I really want to avoid polemics wherever possible, my main purpose here is to ask questions and learn more.

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« Reply #256 on: February 18, 2017, 07:52:35 AM »
Hi, I'm Elizabeth. I'm 19 years old, will be 20 in late February, from the United States, and I'm a student at a 2 year community college from where I'll transfer to begin on my double major of Cultural Anthropology and Spanish. I'll probably get a minor in Religion too, who knows. I'm very interested in different cultures, languages, and religions. I speak intermediate Spanish, but it's my goal to be fluent, as well as learn other languages. Aside from all that, I love to read fiction/fantasy, watch TV shows and movies, write, do some art here and there, listen to music, and many other things lol. I grew up going to a Southern Baptist church with my Southern Baptist father and sometimes my Episcopalian mother. I never really felt at home there, and then finally I quit going even to youth group when I was 14 or 15. After that, I started looking for the place where I felt I should be, and eventually, I found out about the Orthodox Church, so here I am converting. I'm glad I found this site; I think it really will be helpful, and you all seem so cool and interesting! I can't wait to engage in other threads with you all :) By the way, if anyone is wondering about my username, the first part is because I love to stay up late and have such a bad habit of it, and the second part stands for extroverted iNtuition, which is the part of my personality that the excessive nighttime brain activity manifests through haha

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #257 on: February 18, 2017, 10:57:27 AM »
Welcome! 
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« Reply #258 on: February 18, 2017, 12:01:55 PM »
Bonjour à tous,

My name is Tom. 
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #259 on: February 18, 2017, 07:24:43 PM »
Bonjour à tous,

My name is Tom. 
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Thank you to all who prayed for my wife over the last few years.  She fell asleep in the Lord in 2015.
God bless you, brother.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #260 on: February 18, 2017, 07:32:39 PM »
Welcome to all the new members!
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #261 on: February 20, 2017, 10:37:15 PM »
Hello, all. I am a returning member. I have been through some rather difficult times in the last few weeks. But things are better. Most of you know me reasonably well. I am that somewhat pesky LCMS Lutheran that comes around every so often. But, I must admit, you've all been fairly tolerant of me, aside from some discipline points I didn't think were fair, but so what? All is well.

So, what is going on in the world of Orthodoxy? My own parish in my city is facing some, well, issues. When our Pastor formally retires in about a year and a half, we, as the smallest of eight LCMS churches in the city, are going to be, well, pretty messed up. No Pastor is going to take a church whose turnout on a Sunday is about 25. Our current Pastor is retired, and does it for a pittance, but who else will?

We all may have to move to other, more functional parishes. That wouldn't be hard to do. Redeemer has for example, 1000 communicants. But seeing Bethany close her doors would be hard on all of us.

Anyway, I just thought I'd pop in. I hope all is going well. I shall be in soon. Take care.


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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #262 on: February 21, 2017, 06:20:03 PM »
Hello, I'm Lukas, 25 years old and from Austria. Currently I'm a graduate student in Japanese studies at my local university. In my free time I like to read, mainly fantasy, science-fiction and history, and listen to music and some more things. I was baptized and grew up as a Roman Catholic, though my family didn't really go to chruch that regulary. With time I started to delve more into faith and grew apart from the RC church and somehow faith in general. Now in university I find my way back to believing and started looking into different beliefs, but always something kept pulling back to Orthodoxy. So I searched and found the first parish in my native language and feel like I found my place.

I hope your week goes all well :)

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #263 on: March 10, 2017, 03:42:48 PM »
Hello everyone  :)

My name is Michael, 22 years old and I come from Poland. As You can see, I am formally baptist, but I have been wholeheartedly interested in Orthodoxy for some time. I'm looking for harmony with ancient fathers, deep reflexion on spiritual life, full vision of Christian Church and I hope that I will find it in Orthodox Church. I'm happy that I have found such a place in the internet, where I can read about your faith and ask some questions.
And I make no bones about that I registered largly because I hope this will be a good way to improve my English skills (which I need mostly to be able to read about Orthodoxy and theology more efficiently  :P). So if You will notice some grammar errors or something simillar in my posts, don't be afraid to point out  ;)

PS: My nick in English means "someone made of chocolate" or "someone who is like chocolade"  ;D

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #264 on: March 10, 2017, 03:53:05 PM »
Hello everyone  :)

My name is Michael, 22 years old and I come from Poland. As You can see, I am formally baptist, but I have been wholeheartedly interested in Orthodoxy for some time. I'm looking for harmony with ancient fathers, deep reflexion on spiritual life, full vision of Christian Church and I hope that I will find it in Orthodox Church. I'm happy that I have found such a place in the internet, where I can read about your faith and ask some questions.
And I make no bones about that I registered largly because I hope this will be a good way to improve my English skills (which I need mostly to be able to read about Orthodoxy and theology more efficiently  :P ). So if You will notice some grammar errors or something simillar in my posts, don't be afraid to point out  ;)

PS: My nick in English means "someone made of chocolate" or "someone who is like chocolade"  ;D
Welcome! At least two users here (Dominika and myself) are from the Polish Orthodox Church, but I have never been to Poland and don't know anything in Polish, so you'll have to practice your English with me.  :P
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #265 on: March 10, 2017, 04:40:05 PM »
Hello everyone  :)

My name is Michael, 22 years old and I come from Poland. As You can see, I am formally baptist, but I have been wholeheartedly interested in Orthodoxy for some time. I'm looking for harmony with ancient fathers, deep reflexion on spiritual life, full vision of Christian Church and I hope that I will find it in Orthodox Church. I'm happy that I have found such a place in the internet, where I can read about your faith and ask some questions.
And I make no bones about that I registered largly because I hope this will be a good way to improve my English skills (which I need mostly to be able to read about Orthodoxy and theology more efficiently  :P). So if You will notice some grammar errors or something simillar in my posts, don't be afraid to point out  ;)

PS: My nick in English means "someone made of chocolate" or "someone who is like chocolade"  ;D

At least 4th Polish member of oc.net bearing name "Michael" (including non-active ones ofc) ;)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #266 on: March 11, 2017, 01:48:05 PM »
Hello everyone,

I go by my baptismal name, Maria.  I converted to Orthodoxy 4 years ago from Presbyterianism.  My journey to Orthodoxy started when I met, and started dating, my husband.  I was going through some medical issues at the time with little support from my family.  He and his God parents really helped me in a time of crisis.  After about a year, and not a few miracles, I started my catechumenate. I am 29, and have a degree in music education.  I'm an avid reader of whatever I can get my hands on, particularly history or historical fiction, and sci/fi.  I also delve into music composition on occasion.  I'm from the southern US and attend an Antiochian parish.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #267 on: March 17, 2017, 02:08:20 PM »
Welcome to Michael, Maria, Lukas, Tom, Lepanto and whoever I may have missed, and welcome back Diego :)

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #268 on: March 19, 2017, 07:35:47 PM »
Hello everyone

My name is Mario. I'm a 20 years old Roman Catholic from Spain. Some months ago I started to doubt my RC faith and started inquiring into Orthodox Christianity, which I now believe is the authentic Christian faith. However, my personal and familiar situation keeps me from officially starting my conversion process at my nearest church. During these past months I have been reading a lot Orthodox materials including many threads and discussions on this forum. Until now I hadn't felt the need to post here, but there are some things that are causing me a lot of trouble and anxiety, and making me question Christianity altogether. I think it has to do with my traditionalist Roman Catholic background, combined with my scrupulosity and rigorist tendencies. I'm not Orthodox yet I'm already Hyperdoxing, despite being a great sinner. Anyway, I post hoping you can help me remove these stumbling blocks which are keeping me away from believing. I'll keep you informed on other threads. Please pray for me, a sinner.


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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #269 on: March 19, 2017, 07:43:54 PM »
Hello everyone

My name is Mario. I'm a 20 years old Roman Catholic from Spain. Some months ago I started to doubt my RC faith and started inquiring into Orthodox Christianity, which I now believe is the authentic Christian faith. However, my personal and familiar situation keeps me from officially starting my conversion process at my nearest church. During these past months I have been reading a lot Orthodox materials including many threads and discussions on this forum. Until now I hadn't felt the need to post here, but there are some things that are causing me a lot of trouble and anxiety, and making me question Christianity altogether. I think it has to do with my traditionalist Roman Catholic background, combined with my scrupulosity and rigorist tendencies. I'm not Orthodox yet I'm already Hyperdoxing, despite being a great sinner. Anyway, I post hoping you can help me remove these stumbling blocks which are keeping me away from believing. I'll keep you informed on other threads. Please pray for me, a sinner.

Bienvienido - welcome! Please remember that we have also Spanish speaking forum here :)
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