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« on: February 15, 2011, 02:08:49 PM »

I met with the priest that I met last weekend again today for quite a while. He is a wonderful, very holy man.

I am now a catechumen.

Thank everyone for their continued encouragement and advice.
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011, 02:23:10 PM »

Many years!
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2011, 02:43:57 PM »

Great to hear it, Jim! Many years!

So I take it this priest actually understands that there is a difference between Catholicism and Orthodoxy?  laugh
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2011, 02:57:07 PM »

Great to hear it, Jim! Many years!

So I take it this priest actually understands that there is a difference between Catholicism and Orthodoxy?  laugh

Haha. Yes.
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2011, 03:00:42 PM »

Many years!  I'm glad they didn't keep giving you the brush off.  It was second-hand depressing.   Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2011, 03:06:40 PM »

So glad your persistence is paying off. Glory to God. May the fullness of his truth transform you forever.
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2011, 03:11:50 PM »

When I told him what I had experienced prior he sort of laughed and rolled his eyes. I really think it was an issue of relatively untrained priests not really knowing what to say or do.

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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2011, 03:18:03 PM »

Welcome to the Catechumenate! Now, wait for the next set of struggles to begin.  Wink

God grant you many years!
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2011, 03:47:39 PM »

Is his parish relatively close to you, Jim?
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2011, 03:52:30 PM »

I met with the priest that I met last weekend again today for quite a while. He is a wonderful, very holy man.

I am now a catechumen.

Thank everyone for their continued encouragement and advice.

I'd like to wish you well.
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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2011, 05:05:04 PM »

Is his parish relatively close to you, Jim?

4 blocks!
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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2011, 05:10:07 PM »

Is his parish relatively close to you, Jim?

4 blocks!

Glory to God!  angel
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2011, 05:57:00 PM »

Many years from a neighboring diocese! Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2011, 06:48:21 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
When I told him what I had experienced prior he sort of laughed and rolled his eyes. I really think it was an issue of relatively untrained priests not really knowing what to say or do.



Maybe God just wanted to send you to this particular priest, sort of like the Goldilocks principle?  I would like to think that God had better plans for you to have a particular relationship with a particular priest in a particular parish rather then just assume that simply because this one priest God sent you is facilitating whereas the others did not means the other priests before were inept or even evil or heretical as others have here naively claimed.  Further, I don't like the condescending attitudes expressed against these priests by others on this forum, it was highly chauvinistic and unfriendly to both our Russian Orthodox and our many Roman Catholic brothers and sisters here.

God is at the helm and He sends us all we need and to wherever and whenever we need to be, in His Will, and not of our own, so we should not speculate too much on His decisions.  I am glad God sent you where He wanted, but I do not think it is in good taste for us to claim it at the expense of the integrity or legitimacy of the other priests you spoke with before, as they may very well be fine and Apostolic priests in their own communities, its just that clearly God did not intend for them to become your priests.  Just because they didn't work out for you, does not mean we all should speculate on their ineptitude in Orthodoxy, that is a rather pessimistic approach.

Glory be to God that He has brought you to Orthodox and given you a goodly relationship with a priest that He selected for you personally.



stay blessed,
habte selassie

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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2011, 09:58:03 PM »

What a joyful message to read!  God grant you many years! 
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« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2011, 10:02:59 PM »

Many Years!
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« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2011, 10:36:52 PM »

Many Years Jim!

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« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2011, 01:20:47 AM »

Lord have Mercy.
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« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2011, 01:24:58 AM »

Glory to God! Many years Jim! Very happy to read this. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2011, 08:11:09 AM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
When I told him what I had experienced prior he sort of laughed and rolled his eyes. I really think it was an issue of relatively untrained priests not really knowing what to say or do.



Maybe God just wanted to send you to this particular priest, sort of like the Goldilocks principle?  I would like to think that God had better plans for you to have a particular relationship with a particular priest in a particular parish rather then just assume that simply because this one priest God sent you is facilitating whereas the others did not means the other priests before were inept or even evil or heretical as others have here naively claimed.  Further, I don't like the condescending attitudes expressed against these priests by others on this forum, it was highly chauvinistic and unfriendly to both our Russian Orthodox and our many Roman Catholic brothers and sisters here.

God is at the helm and He sends us all we need and to wherever and whenever we need to be, in His Will, and not of our own, so we should not speculate too much on His decisions.  I am glad God sent you where He wanted, but I do not think it is in good taste for us to claim it at the expense of the integrity or legitimacy of the other priests you spoke with before, as they may very well be fine and Apostolic priests in their own communities, its just that clearly God did not intend for them to become your priests.  Just because they didn't work out for you, does not mean we all should speculate on their ineptitude in Orthodoxy, that is a rather pessimistic approach.

Glory be to God that He has brought you to Orthodox and given you a goodly relationship with a priest that He selected for you personally.



stay blessed,
habte selassie



I think you have some very good points here, and perhaps it is wrong of me to cast off the other priests with such a tone of disrespect. We do not know what God holds in store for us, ever, and I certainly have the feeling that I was supposed to meet this priest at this church. Thank you for the input and the words of temperance.
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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2011, 01:06:00 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!


I think you have some very good points here, and perhaps it is wrong of me to cast off the other priests with such a tone of disrespect. We do not know what God holds in store for us, ever, and I certainly have the feeling that I was supposed to meet this priest at this church. Thank you for the input and the words of temperance.

No, you are fine Smiley

I just wanted to clarify for some others who shall remain anonymous who had said some rather unflattering things about the other priests you mentioned before, and worst of all, made those damning inferences simply on a handful of words you mentioned about these priests in a paragraph of all of a hundred words! I just thought that it was so silly for people to make such sweeping judgments, against Orthodox priests no less, based of such little and speculative hearsay, and especially so since you yourself didn't even make such inferences, rather the gawkers and gossips added these things out of their own smugness.

Congratulations again!

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« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2011, 01:15:22 PM »

THANKS BE TO GOD!!! ALLELUIA!!

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MANY YEARS, JIM!!

Oh what wonderful beautiful news!!
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« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2011, 11:24:25 PM »

Jim,
I'm happy for you. Please keep us updated.
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