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Offline Fr. George

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March 2010 Post of the Month!
« on: May 04, 2010, 07:43:32 PM »
(Dateline: OC.net Palace)  During a rousing chorus of "Name that obscure language that we just sang 'Christ is Risen' in," the distinctive sound of trumpeting overhead startled the assembled Administrators and Global Moderators who were playing the game in the Tertiary Reserve Alternate Backup Gameroom in the Palace/Brewpub.  Rushing up the scores of staircases to see what caused the commotion, they finally reached the main level of the Palace (after 30 hard days of stair climbing) to be reminded that they had scheduled the trumpeters in advance for their announcement of the March Post of the Month.  Being embarrassed by the delay in the announcement that their game had caused, they proceeded to the balcony, and after procuring twice the usual number of trumpeters, and making sure that the Palace Guard had cordoned off all the fruit vendors, they proclaimed per usual:

"We are pleased to announce and acclaim, for a contribution to OC.net worthy of the public's attention,

GabrieltheCelt

for this gem:

Just as there are many folks who deny God, there are just as many reasons as to why.  Here are a few that come to mind;

 1.  Sometimes people look to Christianity as a talisman or good luck charm and when it doesn't deliver, they lose heart and leave. 

 2.  Sometimes the company we keep can slowly chip away at our faith.  Peer pressure, via our friends and colleagues, really do have an influence over us.

 3.  I've come to suspect that there's a correlation between a person's childhood and their weltanschauung.  As one example, a person who grew up with parents who professed a loving God, but who were ill-tempered and quick to administer punishment, might grow up rebelling Christianity, when in fact, they're actually (and subconsciously) rebelling against their harsh upbringing.  To an extent, this was my particular case when I left Christianity years ago.  Once I discovered the true reason for my rebellion, I was able to work through a lot of problems.  I still have some things to work through (I think my temper probably comes to mind)...

 4.  Pride and other illnesses of the heart.

 5.  Perhaps the most important and overarching reason?  Satan himself.  Let us pray to never forget that he roars like a lion, roaming the earth looking for souls to devour (1 Peter 5:8 ).  Brothers and sisters, truly, though he cannot read our minds (thank God!), he knows our weaknesses and uses them to break us.
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And the crowd, startled from their month-long nap while anticipating the Post of the Month announcement, remembered to then exclaim:

AXIOS!  AXIOS!  AXIOS!
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
Met. Meletios of Nikopolis & Preveza, from his ordination.

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Re: March 2010 Post of the Month!
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2010, 07:55:22 PM »
Axios Indeed!

(and a big "kudos" to you, Father, for the amusing write-up!  :laugh: )
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Re: March 2010 Post of the Month!
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2010, 08:13:15 PM »
Axios!  Axios!  Axios!

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Re: March 2010 Post of the Month!
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2010, 08:21:53 PM »
Axios! Axios! Axios!

Congrats :)
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Re: March 2010 Post of the Month!
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2010, 09:48:41 PM »
AXIOS!
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Re: March 2010 Post of the Month!
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2010, 11:27:02 PM »
AXIOS! AXIOS! Worthy! Worthy!  :)

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Re: March 2010 Post of the Month!
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2010, 01:27:54 PM »
AXIOS!

I guessed Kyrgyz, but I was wrong.
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Re: March 2010 Post of the Month!
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2010, 03:38:42 PM »
A good one, Gabriel!

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Re: March 2010 Post of the Month!
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2010, 03:42:51 PM »
AXIOS!
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Re: March 2010 Post of the Month!
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2010, 03:53:49 PM »
Axios!

Thanks, reverend Fathers, for highlighting this post, or I would have missed it.

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Re: March 2010 Post of the Month!
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2010, 09:02:29 PM »
Excellent post from Gabriel, as usual. :)


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Re: March 2010 Post of the Month!
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2010, 08:22:56 AM »
Axios
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Re: March 2010 Post of the Month!
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2010, 01:11:16 PM »
Though I don't deserve it, I want to thank you regardless, brothers and sisters.  :)
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Re: March 2010 Post of the Month!
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2010, 01:41:03 PM »
Axios, dear brother!
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