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« on: January 06, 2004, 09:34:26 AM »

Hello, I noticed that a lot of you have had some kind of dark period of unbelief, as I have. I wonder, who were your role models? Who first told you about prayer?

All of my grandparents were Catholic, and they helped put a good impression of the Faith on me. Also, I had an aunt and uncle who took me to their Methodist Church every now and then.

I think now that God has straightened out my life, my mom is a great role model for me.

I would love to hear your stories!
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2004, 03:34:44 PM »

My Dad, I guess, he was elder and youth leader while I was growing up and I was priviliged to work with him for some years before I went to Bible College.

Now I have a few other cyber-friends who mean a lot to me and whom I can ask advice of, not all Orthodox, but all serious and little 'o' Orthodox.
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2004, 07:08:34 PM »

My former spiritual Father, a RC priest from Malta. He brought me out of a very low point in my life and is the reason I enjoy good health today. You can't go wrong with Maltese priests, thank God for 'em Smiley

Since I embraced Orthodoxy, a number of priests and nuns have provided the spiritual support I needed to understand what being Orthodox is all about and in reshaping my conception of the 'Church.'
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2004, 10:35:35 PM »

My mother was a fallen-away Catholic (birth control issues - my parents had six children, including a daughter with a serious birth defect), so I was raised with little religious structure. Whenever we traveled to the city, she would take us into cathedrals and spend time praying and lighting candles.

Once, as a know-it-all teen, I said something derogatory about the church, and in a very un-characteristic manner, she let me have it between the eyes. I think these experiences had a big effect on me... which says a lot about how powerful the smallest of actions and words can be.

Early in my conversion I met a woman who has been practicing EC, and studying more traditional RC and EO for years. She tosses me books, books and more books... and they all contain the stories and words of great Christian role models:  St John Chrysostom, Eckart, Chesterton, St Seraphim of Sarov, Katherine Doherty, Blessed Fr Seraphim Rose, the Optina Frs, St Terese of Lisieux and St Francis.

We've become close friends, and it's inspiring to see her struggle to live every day more and more according to Christ's teaching.

I found a Catholic Church in the next town with a truly wonderful priest who reminds me of John the Baptist.

The richness of role models, in body and in spirit, is beginning to make it hard to comprehend the world outside of Christianity.
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2004, 11:02:05 PM »

That's beautiful.
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2004, 01:08:29 PM »

To Orthodoxy I would have to say a ROCOR Hieromonk that I know.
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2004, 04:14:22 PM »

To Orthodoxy I would have to say a ROCOR Hieromonk that I know.

Does he live in New Zealand?
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2004, 08:53:59 PM »

Technically I'm not a convert, but Fr. Alexander Schmemann and his writings had & have a huge impact on me ---- if it weren't for them I probably would have gone for one of those protestant sects where people are superficially friendly.  Fr. Alexander helped me see the light in Christ and in His Church.  If it weren't for him I think I would have quit going to church long ago.
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2004, 02:21:31 PM »

No he doesnt, he lives here in the US.

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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2004, 10:54:14 PM »

My Mom - former Mennonite and former Seventh-Day Adventist - who converted to Greek Catholic and STEADFASTLY went to church, participated in the Divine Liturgy and other liturgical activities, and who ALWAYS dragged along the kids, no matter HOW COOL we became.

My Mom's father - a former Mennonite who converted to Seventh-Day Adventism - who was quiet, pious, and God-fearing.

My parish priest - Father Jaroslaw - who deeply feels and experiences his Christian faith ALWAYS (or so it seems to me), and tries hard to share his love.

Rev. Fr. W. Makarenko, who is a dynamic and moving speaker, educator, mover and shaker, and embracer.

Rev. Fr. A. Jarmus, who is a remarkable educator.

My friend, Sorin, who feels his Christianity deeply, and simultaneously feels deeply that he is the worst sinner of us all, much to my amazement.

St. John Chrysostom, whose writings move me whenever I read them.
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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2004, 10:40:50 PM »

Hieromonk Damascene from Brotherhood of St. Herman's. He wrote a wonderful book about Daoism and how that correlates to Orthodoxy. It was one of the first books I red on Orthodox Spirituality. When I was an inquirer I emailed him and he told me to visit the church that I currently go to St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church.  

My Godfather Mike. He has the same christian background as I have. Him and his wife guided me with a great loving care. His is a true Christian father and husband.

My priest Fr. Aidan. His complete love for God and His Church inspired me to embrace the orthodox faith. Plus he has the best sense of humor I've ever seen in a pastor.

My Mom for always praying for me even when she thought I was going to hell for joining the wierd Orthodox church.
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