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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5356 on: July 23, 2014, 03:17:41 PM »
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The Gospel is quite clear: both saints and sinners love God. "Religious" people do not love him, and whenever they can, they crucify him.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5357 on: July 23, 2014, 03:59:59 PM »


I'm sure this turned out to be a very productive meeting.
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5358 on: July 23, 2014, 04:13:49 PM »
I'm sure this turned out to be a very productive meeting.

You've never been to a clergy meeting, have you?  :P
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5359 on: July 24, 2014, 05:15:39 PM »
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The Gospel is quite clear: both saints and sinners love God. "Religious" people do not love him, and whenever they can, they crucify him.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5360 on: July 24, 2014, 05:17:24 PM »
nm, it won't register anyway.
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The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart,
Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5361 on: July 24, 2014, 05:18:43 PM »
Mor, that is blasphemous.

Do you think I'm a toy-maker or something? 
Quote from: Fr Alexander Schmemann
The Gospel is quite clear: both saints and sinners love God. "Religious" people do not love him, and whenever they can, they crucify him.

Of course, OC.net is not reflective of the Church, but is rather a surreal bubble. I have visited a lot of different parishes around the world and have listened to many hours of AFR...

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5362 on: July 24, 2014, 05:40:26 PM »
You sound like a professional who knows what he's talking about.  That's because you are.

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Re: Picture of the Day
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5364 on: July 24, 2014, 07:49:27 PM »
The state of some affairs of debates:

Vain existence can never exist, for "unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." (Psalm 127)

If the faith is unchanged and rock solid, then the gates of Hades never prevailed in the end.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5365 on: July 25, 2014, 01:51:45 AM »


Bishop Mark of Philadelphia and Eastern PA meeting Patriarch Kirill during the Saint Sergius celebration in Russia.
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5366 on: July 25, 2014, 12:00:53 PM »
"Beth Shoaf, executive director of Wildlife Works Inc., releases the golden eagle that was struck by a train earlier this year near the scene of the accident at State Game Lands 50 in Somerset County..."

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5367 on: July 25, 2014, 12:11:47 PM »
Beautiful!  :o
You sound like a professional who knows what he's talking about.  That's because you are.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5368 on: July 25, 2014, 12:39:23 PM »


Bishop Mark of Philadelphia and Eastern PA meeting Patriarch Kirill during the Saint Sergius celebration in Russia.

Finally, a picture of Patriarch Kirill without a hat.  ;)

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5369 on: July 26, 2014, 12:54:08 AM »

"Raylight, what do you have against my hats?"
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5370 on: July 26, 2014, 02:38:31 AM »
Where would Orthodoxy be without things on heads?
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5371 on: July 26, 2014, 04:36:21 AM »
Where would Orthodoxy be without things on heads?
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5372 on: July 26, 2014, 09:35:18 AM »
Where would Orthodoxy be without things on heads?


This is outrageous! How dare you imply that Orthodox clergy would ... smile.

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« Reply #5373 on: July 26, 2014, 09:37:28 AM »
Where would Orthodoxy be without things on heads?


This is outrageous! How dare you imply that Orthodox clergy would ... smile.

I thought he might have implied that the clergy would turn into happy-clappy-suit-n-tie-reductionist-evangelicals.
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5374 on: July 26, 2014, 09:44:15 AM »
Oh, well I don't think there's much danger of that, as it wasn't like that in 4th century BC Greece or 19th century AD Russia, upon which cultures Orthodox Christianity is based!  8)

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"Raylight, what do you have against my hats?"


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« Reply #5377 on: July 26, 2014, 02:56:22 PM »
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5378 on: July 26, 2014, 03:55:41 PM »

"Raylight, what do you have against my hats?"


I will not answer any questions without my lawyer  :police:

What hat?
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5379 on: July 26, 2014, 08:54:21 PM »
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Why they are not smiling ? I find it very very rare to find Orthodox nuns with smile on their face.  :-\

Dissipation is considered a sin.

They are weeping for their sins and praying for us.
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5380 on: July 26, 2014, 10:58:00 PM »
Dissipation is considered a sin.

They are weeping for their sins and praying for us.

So smiling is sinful? 8)

And I love seeing pictures of Catholic nuns, they often have genuine smiles.

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« Reply #5382 on: July 27, 2014, 04:31:42 AM »
Dissipation is considered a sin.

They are weeping for their sins and praying for us.

So smiling is sinful? 8)

And I love seeing pictures of Catholic nuns, they often have genuine smiles.

Orthodox nuns are trying to be dispassionate. However, if they are visiting their relatives, surely they will smile.
When I first met an Orthodox nun, I thought she was very unfriendly, but I learned that monastics in Orthodoxy and their counterpart in Roman Catholicism are very different.
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5383 on: July 27, 2014, 12:57:16 PM »
Every single Orthodox nun I've seen or met laughs, smiles, and has a sense of humour.  They are joyful and loving.  But that doesn't mean they're going to crack jokes during the Liturgy, poke each other, and carry about like children, and I don't know why this should surprise anyone.
Quote from: Fr Alexander Schmemann
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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5384 on: July 27, 2014, 01:24:24 PM »
Every single Orthodox nun I've seen or met laughs, smiles, and has a sense of humour.  They are joyful and loving.  But that doesn't mean they're going to crack jokes during the Liturgy, poke each other, and carry about like children, and I don't know why this should surprise anyone.

I've not met an Orthodox nun myself yet, but the videos I've seen they always seem like you described.

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« Reply #5385 on: July 27, 2014, 01:34:36 PM »
Look, please don't take this as an attack or something like that against Orthodoxy, because it is not, but I'm just speaking generally, if I see a nun or a monk who is supposed to be very close to God and gave up his/her life to the Lord and then I look at them and see them look miserable, not smiling, I would wonder what on earth is going on that makes them look sad. Jesus Christ came to earth to give us life and to have a better one, not to look sad as if God is always angry at us and we need to act like we are in funeral, that is far away from Christianity, and the God I know is not scary and unforgivable God.

And what do you think non-Christians would think when they see a nun who is supposed to be close to God looks sad, I'm sure they would stay away from whatever religion she follows.

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« Reply #5386 on: July 27, 2014, 01:35:21 PM »
Every single Orthodox nun I've seen or met laughs, smiles, and has a sense of humour.  They are joyful and loving.  But that doesn't mean they're going to crack jokes during the Liturgy, poke each other, and carry about like children, and I don't know why this should surprise anyone.

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« Reply #5387 on: July 27, 2014, 01:35:51 PM »
Raylight, have you ever been to an Orthodox monastery?
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« Reply #5388 on: July 27, 2014, 01:40:10 PM »
Raylight, have you ever been to an Orthodox monastery?

No, but I hope one day I would go to one. And I'm sure there are many Orthodox nuns and monks who are happy with their life and smiling...etc, but I'm just talking about the nuns and monks ( Orthodox, Catholics...etc ) who think that the more sad they look, the more pleased God would be.

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Re: Picture of the Day
« Reply #5389 on: July 27, 2014, 01:54:35 PM »
Raylight, have you ever been to an Orthodox monastery?

No, but I hope one day I would go to one. And I'm sure there are many Orthodox nuns and monks who are happy with their life and smiling...etc,

What's with this idea that one always has to be smiling and chipper to be "happy"?  Once a priest went out of his way to criticise me for not smiling and how I was redeemed and ought to look like it, etc., but I wasn't unhappy.  I was studying.  If anything, his unsolicited criticism, judgementalism, and interruption/distraction made me unhappy, but up until then I would've described myself as perfectly happy and content.  I just happened not to be smiling at the time, and this happened to annoy someone when I was just minding my own business. 

Sometimes the apostles of happiness can be the most unhappy.   

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...but I'm just talking about the nuns and monks ( Orthodox, Catholics...etc ) who think that the more sad they look, the more pleased God would be.

So you've never been to a monastery, and yet you know about nuns and monks in at least two different Christian Churches who believe that God is more pleased with them "the more sad they look"? 
Quote from: Fr Alexander Schmemann
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Of course, OC.net is not reflective of the Church, but is rather a surreal bubble. I have visited a lot of different parishes around the world and have listened to many hours of AFR...

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« Reply #5390 on: July 27, 2014, 08:32:55 PM »
Raylight, have you ever been to an Orthodox monastery?

No, but I hope one day I would go to one. And I'm sure there are many Orthodox nuns and monks who are happy with their life and smiling...etc, but I'm just talking about the nuns and monks ( Orthodox, Catholics...etc ) who think that the more sad they look, the more pleased God would be.

My Godfather is a Monk, and I can assure you that he does NOT go around looking like he kissed a skunk on the rear.
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« Reply #5391 on: July 28, 2014, 12:39:03 PM »
I heard that sorrow is a crucial component of the monastic experience, at least sorrow for sins. That does not mean that monks should be despondent, but I read that monks should be serious and dignified in their manner.

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« Reply #5392 on: July 28, 2014, 02:35:01 PM »
Vain existence can never exist, for "unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." (Psalm 127)

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« Reply #5394 on: July 28, 2014, 02:44:18 PM »
I think he'll survive, unless he had some rare intracranial anomaly.
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« Reply #5395 on: July 28, 2014, 03:29:59 PM »
I think he'll survive, unless he had some rare intracranial anomaly.

Sounds like the beginnings of a plot for a hospital tv drama. They treat him the entire episode for the injuries sustained from hitting his head, and their treating him properly according to what they know, but he just keeps getting worse... what are they missing? Then finally they realize that it was an already-existing head problem--extremely rare yet easily curable--that caused him to have such poor coordination and smack his head to begin with, and the original problem had been masked by the injuries he had sustained in the pool accident. Give him the 2 little red pills and he'll be fine by lunch.
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« Reply #5396 on: July 28, 2014, 03:35:13 PM »
lol!

What happened to your sig gif?  I thought that was really cool and clever.
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« Reply #5397 on: July 28, 2014, 03:39:27 PM »


There are so many things wrong with this picture.

First, it is a mortar.  Not a rocket launcher. Not a mortar rocket launcher.  My friend/co-worker says it is a 60mm since it has the trigger on the back and the small plate for "field expedient firing".  They used these in Iraq.  Also he noted, "with depleted uranium tips!  So you can dig deeper into the ground!"  (This would pretty much stop any explosive effects the shell would otherwise have had.)
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« Reply #5398 on: July 28, 2014, 03:42:30 PM »
I think he'll survive, unless he had some rare intracranial anomaly.

Sounds like the beginnings of a plot for a hospital tv drama. They treat him the entire episode for the injuries sustained from hitting his head, and their treating him properly according to what they know, but he just keeps getting worse... what are they missing? Then finally they realize that it was an already-existing head problem--extremely rare yet easily curable--that caused him to have such poor coordination and smack his head to begin with, and the original problem had been masked by the injuries he had sustained in the pool accident. Give him the 2 little red pills and he'll be fine by lunch.



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« Reply #5399 on: July 28, 2014, 04:02:37 PM »
Patrick Stewart and the other Xavier guy had a beer at the local late night talk show...



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