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« on: December 23, 2012, 06:09:21 PM »

Well, it's that time of year again. Whenever there is a big holiday, my family usually all comes together to celebrate, and oftentimes, this becomes very awkward for me. The reason being that no one in my family--especially the old folks--has any understanding of the rudeness of speaking about religion or politics at the table, and thus, will hammer me with rude questions about my Orthodoxy, since I am the only one, and thus cause tension--and that tension usually leads to me losing my temper and rhetorically insulting their own beliefs.

Pray that I'll get through this awkward situation that arises every holiday.

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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2012, 06:25:17 PM »

God be with you and deliver you from insanity.

If you should a conversation topic: http://orthodoxwiki.org/Paul_(de_Ballester-Convallier)_of_Nazianzus (He was a Catalonian convert to Orthodoxy who became a bishop in Mexico and was murdered after Liturgy in Mexico City in 1984.

He also wrote an interesting essay: "Why I Abandoned Papism" http://www.thevoiceoforthodoxy.com/current/articles/Why_I_abandoned_Papism.html.

Of course discussing Bishop Paul and his conversion story and essay may not help you endure family gatherings with your sanity entact, and it may not make them speechless as fish. So, there's always the best course--silence and prayer. And chew slowly.

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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2012, 11:14:28 PM »

Lord have mercy on James and his family.

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« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2012, 05:12:43 AM »

Lord have mercy on James and his family.
Lord, have mercy.

Therefore prepare yourself and arise, and speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest I dismay you before them.  For behold, I have made you this day a fortified city and an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land...
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