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« on: December 10, 2003, 09:39:23 AM »

Just curious if your OCNet experience has caused you to grow as a Christian.  What is the most significant thing you've learned here on OCNet (positive or negative)?

For myself, I think I have grown in Christian charity toward (in particular) Roman Catholics.
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2003, 11:28:35 AM »

Participation here gives me more motivation to read and study (but cuts into my time to do those things!).

It has refined my knowledge of Orthodox doctrine and has forced me to sometimes defend what I believe and sometimes to correct my mistakes.

The presence of certain elements here has also taught me that ecclesiology is not as simple as I once thought.

I have also made some good friends here, although I have met but few of the them in the flesh.
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2003, 11:41:31 AM »

I love all my OC.net friends.

We all share something in common that we don't usually share with those around us, whether it be at work, school, at the store, or in some cases even our family. We are part of, to paraphrase a familiar saying, the best kept secret in the world: Orthodoxy.

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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2003, 11:44:45 AM »

What even us graceless heretical RCs ?
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2003, 11:45:30 AM »

Even the graceless heretical EOs not in communion with ROAC
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2003, 11:53:18 AM »

What even us graceless heretical RCs ?

I realize you were being facetious, Slave, but I hope you realize that I do not regard RCs in that way.

We all suffer from a lamentable and sinful, mutual schism. But schisms have been healed before and will be healed again.

It is my fervent prayer that this one is healed in our lifetimes.
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2003, 12:12:34 PM »

Sorry Linus - I forgot the Cheesy Smiley Cheesy - my very bad for that Sad

No it's true - most of you do regard us as human beings , albeit on the other side of the chasm that does separate us at present.
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<<Especially the graceless heretical-everyone with an appreciation for the finer things in life...Scotch, fine ales, wines, and, most importantly, love of friends, and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Orthodoxy is most important to me...sharing that which I love with my friends is of great value...being able to do so while laughing with them is of the most importance. A legalist wrangle gets one nowhere. >>


is very important.

The problem comes when some folk lose that ability to laugh with their friends.

Let's all just try very hard to keep the 'fun' in our discussions - we all learn far more about each other that way. Fun will in time help to heal the divisions beween us -  hurling brickbats won't.
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2003, 12:16:02 PM »

Greatly needed increased tolerance and patience, I hope.

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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2003, 12:20:13 PM »

The realization that there are so many stupid people on the internet! Oh, and humility.  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2003, 02:03:52 PM »

1. A greater understanding of the challenges faced in dialogue between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches.

2. A firmer belief in orthodoxy as the sane response to the "culture" of our times.

3. Learning more about Christian dialogue and apologetics in practice... which kind of responses take the dialogue farther.

4. Last but not least!...

Some great personal stories have been told here.  Smiley Hearing and telling our stories is such an important part of ongoing conversion, and avenues for it can be hard to find.

Thanks to all who participate... many thanks to the administrators.

May God's abundantly bless this community...

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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2003, 02:15:17 PM »

Friends,

If you think there is anything WRONG with OCnet please feel free to tell us as well as we want to keep improving.  If you want, you can private message Phil, Bobby, or me, or David or Prodromos.

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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2003, 02:30:11 PM »

May God's abundantly bless this community...

Whoops! I've gone pagan.

May God abundantly bless this community!

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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2003, 03:24:37 PM »

Wonderful - and I never even noticed Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2003, 03:52:35 PM »

Dear Friends,

I am heartened by the posts in this thread.  It is encouraging to know that we are doing some good.  Please keep them coming, and, as Anastasios said, if there is anything you think is wrong with the site, do not hesitate in letting any/all of us know.
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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2003, 04:08:07 PM »

Alot of insight to Eastern thought & spirituality.

Old dogs do learn new tricks, although in a slower way.

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« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2003, 05:06:38 PM »

I enjoy the genuine warmth that seems to be manifest here. Intelligent, spiritual, caring members. A good level of moderation to keep things on track. The opportunity to make friends and win hearts for reconciliation and for 'the unity of all the holy Churches of God'

God bless the moderators and admins

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« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2003, 01:29:42 AM »

On OC.net, I've learned a little bit more that I have a lot more to learn, if that makes sense.

I am stronger in my faith, have a deeper respect for the Eastern Christian Tradition, and am convicted of a need to learn more about patristics (from Western and Eastern POV's). I've learned how beautiful the Orthodox Cathedral is that was visited by pilgrims at the Summer get-together.

With most Catholic websites, Orthodoxy isn't even on the radar. I pray that there will come a time when Orthodox and Catholics en masse learn from one another, respectfully, in charity, and without compromise.

Maybe this website is the beginning.
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« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2003, 02:39:32 AM »

I don't think I have gain anything from this site except as a place for venting.
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« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2003, 12:22:18 PM »

Just curious if your OCNet experience has caused you to grow as a Christian.  What is the most significant thing you've learned here on OCNet (positive or negative)?

For myself, I think I have grown in Christian charity toward (in particular) Roman Catholics.
First, information regarding Orthodoxy from Orthodox. Second, that I should stay where God put me and not switch rites because of my desires for something pleasing to me. Third, a place to grow togeather with other Catholics whether Roman or EO.
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« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2003, 01:16:02 PM »

Ive learned that im way more conservative then most orthodoxon here.
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« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2003, 02:03:38 PM »

Ive learned that im way more conservative then most orthodoxon here.

Please explain.

I am not sure I know what you mean, but I would caution you that some of the groups that regard themselves as "conservative" or "traditional" are simply making mistakes, conserving an orthodoxy that never was or carrying on a tradition of schism.
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« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2003, 03:37:26 PM »

OC Net is the bomb! I finally realized my dreams of seeing a cardinal in the RCC, almost winning Mr OC net, and attending a cool Melkhite Catholic church in VA at Summerfest.

LOL, j/k. You guys rock, though. I know that if I want to know anything about Orthodoxy, I can post here and get thoughtful responses. Oh, did I mention Mor Ephrem?  Kiss Eis polla eti, despota!
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« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2003, 03:44:44 PM »

We bless you with Our All Holy Golden Handcross, Oh Our son.
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« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2003, 05:20:50 PM »

I don't think I have gain anything from this site except as a place for venting.

Works for me! Wink
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« Reply #24 on: December 12, 2003, 01:16:10 PM »

My views are more along the lines with ROCORs P.O.V. in every thing. Thats what I mean by Conservative. Think you should stick to the Canons.

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« Reply #25 on: December 20, 2003, 01:21:27 AM »

This website was one of several instrumental factors in my embracing Orthodoxy. It was the door which opened up to a wealth of useful information, which in turn opened up more doors. ("The doors, the doors"!)  Tongue I've really gained alot.

Excellent "ambiance," friendly people, and a great place for laughs...won't forget that day I saw Pope Ephrem's picture   Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: December 20, 2003, 10:53:59 AM »

And We won't let you forget it, either.  We have had it inserted into Our sig.  Cheesy
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