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Offline HumbledDaily

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Please pray for an overzealous lover of Orthodoxy
« on: May 07, 2011, 01:51:08 AM »
Ahhh!!! I LOVE ORTHODOXY!!! And I am finding it just so hard to not skip around town singing, "Christos Anesti!" I'm in the middle of law school exams, but I don't think I've been this content in life since... I dunno, maybe age 11. It's not easy being the only person in my family and among my classmates who is interested in Orthodoxy, and I'm afraid I've been a little overzealous with some of those closest to me. It's counter-intuitive not to sing and dance loudly in the streets, but I know that self-discipline is also a virtue and something I tend to struggle with.

Please pray for me to still this beating heart, slow down, and think more of other people's feelings. Please pray that I remember (even though I don't want to) that the world around me is not as fascinated with Orthodoxy as the people on these forums. And please pray that I can remain patient on the path to be an official catechumen.

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12

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Re: Please pray for an overzealous lover of Orthodoxy
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2011, 01:55:12 AM »
Ahhh!!! I LOVE ORTHODOXY!!! And I am finding it just so hard to not skip around town singing, "Christos Anesti!" I'm in the middle of law school exams, but I don't think I've been this content in life since... I dunno, maybe age 11. It's not easy being the only person in my family and among my classmates who is interested in Orthodoxy, and I'm afraid I've been a little overzealous with some of those closest to me. It's counter-intuitive not to sing and dance loudly in the streets, but I know that self-discipline is also a virtue and something I tend to struggle with.

Please pray for me to still this beating heart, slow down, and think more of other people's feelings. Please pray that I remember (even though I don't want to) that the world around me is not as fascinated with Orthodoxy as the people on these forums. And please pray that I can remain patient on the path to be an official catechumen.

My prayers. Lord have mercy.

Have you read the book, One Flew Over the Onion Dome? It might help. Your situation is quite common.
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Re: Please pray for an overzealous lover of Orthodoxy
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2011, 02:12:22 AM »
It's the first I've heard of it. Thanks for the tip!
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Re: Please pray for an overzealous lover of Orthodoxy
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2011, 03:13:05 AM »
Ahhh!!! I LOVE ORTHODOXY!!! And I am finding it just so hard to not skip around town singing, "Christos Anesti!" I'm in the middle of law school exams, but I don't think I've been this content in life since... I dunno, maybe age 11. It's not easy being the only person in my family and among my classmates who is interested in Orthodoxy, and I'm afraid I've been a little overzealous with some of those closest to me. It's counter-intuitive not to sing and dance loudly in the streets, but I know that self-discipline is also a virtue and something I tend to struggle with.

Please pray for me to still this beating heart, slow down, and think more of other people's feelings. Please pray that I remember (even though I don't want to) that the world around me is not as fascinated with Orthodoxy as the people on these forums. And please pray that I can remain patient on the path to be an official catechumen.


Lord Have Mercy.

I don't know if there is anything wrong with "singing and dancing in the streets". I actually know an Orthodox monk who does exactly that - all while expressing his love for Christ and the Church. Have you ever read about the "Fools for Christ"?
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Re: Please pray for an overzealous lover of Orthodoxy
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2011, 03:19:01 AM »
No. Thanks for the recommendation, though! I'd better start a to-read list, so I don't lose track.  :)
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Re: Please pray for an overzealous lover of Orthodoxy
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2011, 03:56:48 AM »
No. Thanks for the recommendation, though! I'd better start a to-read list, so I don't lose track.  :)

My continual prayers.

Please do ask your priest as he might want you to read certain books, and not others.
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Re: Please pray for an overzealous lover of Orthodoxy
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2011, 03:57:11 AM »
No. Thanks for the recommendation, though! I'd better start a to-read list, so I don't lose track.  :)

My continual prayers.

Please do ask your priest as he might want you to read certain books, but not others.
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Re: Please pray for an overzealous lover of Orthodoxy
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2011, 09:14:52 AM »
Prayers for you.   :angel:

Maybe someday you will get to visit a predominantly Orthodox country, where I'm sure the Pascha celebrations will be ones to remember.   :)
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Re: Please pray for an overzealous lover of Orthodoxy
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2011, 11:20:52 AM »
Please pray for me to still this beating heart, slow down, and think more of other people's feelings. Please pray that I remember (even though I don't want to) that the world around me is not as fascinated with Orthodoxy as the people on these forums. And please pray that I can remain patient on the path to be an official catechumen.
Lord have mercy.


Maybe someday you will get to visit a predominantly Orthodox country, where I'm sure the Pascha celebrations will be ones to remember.   :)
Like this. ;-)
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Re: Please pray for an overzealous lover of Orthodoxy
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2011, 08:08:53 PM »
Lord have mercy!

HumbledDaily, I'm sure you will find this forum a blessing and a curse. Try staying away from it!  ;) I was definitely in the place you are (still am to some extent, but Lent and work has beaten me down a bit, c'est la vie  :-\), and it's wonderful. Hold on to it and rejoice with God as you continue to learn more and become closer and closer to Him.

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Re: Please pray for an overzealous lover of Orthodoxy
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2011, 08:55:58 PM »
Lord have mercy! Praying... :)
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