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« Reply #20205 on: March 20, 2014, 12:39:39 PM »

My dad was working in Kentucky this week and surprised me this morning with a visit on his way back to NY. It was a really nice beginning to my day. Smiley

Did he bring you a bucket of fried chicken?  Please say yes.  Smiley

No, he didn't. Now that you mention it, that does seem extraordinarily selfish of him. Tongue
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« Reply #20206 on: March 20, 2014, 12:54:18 PM »

would 'yeth' suffith?
by the way, "Theo-x" and "Theo-y" would thtick out like a thore thumb!
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« Reply #20207 on: March 20, 2014, 04:31:10 PM »

If only I had soft serve right now.
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« Reply #20208 on: March 20, 2014, 05:57:48 PM »

any relation to a smoothie?
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« Reply #20209 on: March 20, 2014, 10:18:01 PM »

A few days ago, while dropping off something at a parish, I overheard part of a conversation between Fr. T--------- and B----- ------, which I'd like to faithfully reproduce here.

... "It's getting crazy Father! The pressure in my head grows daily from these theological arguments between my friends. Pews, jews, homosexual news, contraceptive don'ts and dos, Lenten stews... on and on they go. It's to the point where it hurts to hear them. Really, Father, it literally hurts!"

"I completely understand. I had the same problem when I was younger. Except they were different interests, and people, and responses, and means of communication, but anyway, just trust me, it was the same."

"What did you do? What helped?"

"I came across a very powerful and profound quote, which I have never forgotten since I first learnt it 25 years ago. I was in the library at seminary. It was the only place I could go to escape the 'soulless minions' that plagued my existence at the time. Anyway, as I was reading a long-ignored tome (a shining gem of a book buried in the sand of apathy!) I came across some works by Abba Hezekiah. Perhaps you've heard of him? Oh, what am I saying, of course you have. Anyway, he said something that touched me ever so deeply. He said 'life is pain.' And that's it. That sums it up! We don't need lengthy treatises and commentaries when we have such wisdom in our tradition at hand! In simplicity God speaks to man!"

"Um... but Father... I think that's a line from a movie, not Abba Hezekiah..."

"What? Impossible."

"I think I've seen the movie a number of times. I'm pretty sure."

"Oh. Well it's still profound. What movie was it in? Some documentary about the Jesus Prayer? Oh oh! Ostrov!?"...

At that point I excused myself as I was in danger of being discovered eavesdropping. I'm pulling my hair out trying to figure out what movie it was though.
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« Reply #20210 on: March 20, 2014, 10:23:44 PM »

http://youtu.be/rwuQab6aeDM

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Oddly enough I am seeing this same movie next week in the theater...and the speaker of the line is doing a Q&A session before hand

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« Reply #20211 on: March 20, 2014, 10:26:32 PM »

I came across some works by Abba Hezekiah. Perhaps you've heard of him?

Who hasn't?
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« Reply #20212 on: March 20, 2014, 10:43:17 PM »

I came across some works by Abba Hezekiah. Perhaps you've heard of him?

Who hasn't?

You beat me to it...though I was going to cyber-intone Te Deum laudamus....

Abba Hezekiah, pray unto God for us sinners.
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« Reply #20213 on: March 20, 2014, 10:53:39 PM »

I came across some works by Abba Hezekiah. Perhaps you've heard of him?

Who hasn't?

You beat me to it...though I was going to cyber-intone Te Deum laudamus....

Abba Hezekiah, pray unto God for us sinners.

I've been searching everywhere for his icon!
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« Reply #20214 on: March 20, 2014, 11:14:12 PM »

I came across some works by Abba Hezekiah. Perhaps you've heard of him?

Who hasn't?

You beat me to it...though I was going to cyber-intone Te Deum laudamus....

Abba Hezekiah, pray unto God for us sinners.

I've been searching everywhere for his icon!

This video depicts a scene from the life of our blessed father.  At the beginning of his asceticism, he retired to a hole in the ground and remained silent, learning wisdom through hesychia.  Then, some unbelievers, followers of a false messiah, found him and disturbed his serenity, ultimately carrying him away for certain death.  But passing through the midst of them, he escaped. 

Since then, he was reticent to be seen by men, and wore sackcloth over his head.  We think it looked like this:



But, as God saw him, and as he would later emerge after the persecutions for the edification of the faithful, he looked like this:

 
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« Reply #20215 on: March 20, 2014, 11:26:51 PM »

This video depicts a scene from the life of our blessed father.  At the beginning of his asceticism, he retired to a hole in the ground and remained silent, learning wisdom through hesychia.  Then, some unbelievers, followers of a false messiah, found him and disturbed his serenity, ultimately carrying him away for certain death.  But passing through the midst of them, he escaped. 

Since then, he was reticent to be seen by men, and wore sackcloth over his head.  We think it looked like this:



But, as God saw him, and as he would later emerge after the persecutions for the edification of the faithful, he looked like this:

 

Wow. This is very detailed. Though his beard curtains his nakedness in the front, he does seem to be showing a lot of back flesh.
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« Reply #20216 on: March 20, 2014, 11:28:51 PM »

This video depicts a scene from the life of our blessed father.  At the beginning of his asceticism, he retired to a hole in the ground and remained silent, learning wisdom through hesychia.  Then, some unbelievers, followers of a false messiah, found him and disturbed his serenity, ultimately carrying him away for certain death.  But passing through the midst of them, he escaped. 

Since then, he was reticent to be seen by men, and wore sackcloth over his head.  We think it looked like this:



But, as God saw him, and as he would later emerge after the persecutions for the edification of the faithful, he looked like this:

 

Wow. This is very detailed. Though his beard curtains his nakedness in the front, he does seem to be showing a lot of back flesh.

he clearly walks backwards everywhere...so you see no more then you are seeing now...  Wink
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« Reply #20217 on: March 20, 2014, 11:29:39 PM »

This video depicts a scene from the life of our blessed father.  At the beginning of his asceticism, he retired to a hole in the ground and remained silent, learning wisdom through hesychia.  Then, some unbelievers, followers of a false messiah, found him and disturbed his serenity, ultimately carrying him away for certain death.  But passing through the midst of them, he escaped. 

Since then, he was reticent to be seen by men, and wore sackcloth over his head.  We think it looked like this:



But, as God saw him, and as he would later emerge after the persecutions for the edification of the faithful, he looked like this:

 

Wow. This is very detailed. Though his beard curtains his nakedness in the front, he does seem to be showing a lot of back flesh.

Ah, but it's male back flesh, not female back flesh.  Wink
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« Reply #20218 on: March 20, 2014, 11:37:08 PM »

Wow. This is very detailed. Though his beard curtains his nakedness in the front, he does seem to be showing a lot of back flesh.

This was the Elder's way of imitating God, who, in passing by Moses, prevented his seeing his front (lest he die), but allowed him to behold his back side and to hear his name (cf. Exodus 33.12-34.9). 

The vision of the Abba's back flesh is as the washing, with the flowing waters of joy, of eyes stained by manifold lusts.   
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« Reply #20219 on: March 20, 2014, 11:54:49 PM »

The vision of the Abba's back flesh is as the washing, with the flowing waters of joy, of eyes stained by manifold lusts.   

I've read this a few times now and all I can say is: "Wow".
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Wow. This is very detailed. Though his beard curtains his nakedness in the front, he does seem to be showing a lot of back flesh.

This was the Elder's way of imitating God, who, in passing by Moses, prevented his seeing his front (lest he die), but allowed him to behold his back side and to hear his name (cf. Exodus 33.12-34.9). 

The vision of the Abba's back flesh is as the washing, with the flowing waters of joy, of eyes stained by manifold lusts.   

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The vision of the Abba's back flesh is as the washing, with the flowing waters of joy, of eyes stained by manifold lusts.   

I've read this a few times now and all I can say is: "Wow".

Ditto. Our beloved Mor is a genius.  laugh
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« Reply #20222 on: March 21, 2014, 08:10:11 AM »

I came across some works by Abba Hezekiah. Perhaps you've heard of him?

Who hasn't?

You beat me to it...though I was going to cyber-intone Te Deum laudamus....

Abba Hezekiah, pray unto God for us sinners.

I've been searching everywhere for his icon!

This video depicts a scene from the life of our blessed father.  At the beginning of his asceticism, he retired to a hole in the ground and remained silent, learning wisdom through hesychia.  Then, some unbelievers, followers of a false messiah, found him and disturbed his serenity, ultimately carrying him away for certain death.  But passing through the midst of them, he escaped. 

Since then, he was reticent to be seen by men, and wore sackcloth over his head.  We think it looked like this:



But, as God saw him, and as he would later emerge after the persecutions for the edification of the faithful, he looked like this:

 

His brother was not as ascetic. 

"Leaves?  Are you a hoity-toity rich man?"

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« Reply #20223 on: March 21, 2014, 12:26:35 PM »

The vision of the Abba's back flesh is as the washing, with the flowing waters of joy, of eyes stained by manifold lusts.   

I've read this a few times now and all I can say is: "Wow".

If you think the text is "Wow", you should read it with the accent in which I read it to myself.  If you get it right, you can feel the theosis tingling up your legs. 
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« Reply #20224 on: March 21, 2014, 12:37:33 PM »

The vision of the Abba's back flesh is as the washing, with the flowing waters of joy, of eyes stained by manifold lusts.   

I've read this a few times now and all I can say is: "Wow".

If you think the text is "Wow", you should read it with the accent in which I read it to myself.  If you get it right, you can feel the theosis tingling up your legs. 

Pardon for being prejudiced White European but "theosis" is not the first thing that occurs to me when I think of Indian accent. angel
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« Reply #20225 on: March 21, 2014, 01:02:55 PM »

If you think the text is "Wow", you should read it with the accent in which I read it to myself.  If you get it right, you can feel the theosis tingling up your legs. 

So many potential responses...
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« Reply #20226 on: March 21, 2014, 01:17:35 PM »

So many potential responses...

Don't be bashful.  Let loose your inner Abba.
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« Reply #20227 on: March 21, 2014, 01:18:27 PM »

Pardon for being prejudiced White European but "theosis" is not the first thing that occurs to me when I think of Indian accent. angel

I never said anything about Indian accents here.  Stop being racist.
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« Reply #20228 on: March 21, 2014, 01:19:46 PM »

The vision of the Abba's back flesh is as the washing, with the flowing waters of joy, of eyes stained by manifold lusts.   

I've read this a few times now and all I can say is: "Wow".

If you think the text is "Wow", you should read it with the accent in which I read it to myself.  If you get it right, you can feel the theosis tingling up your legs. 

Pardon for being prejudiced White European but "theosis" is not the first thing that occurs to me when I think of Indian accent. angel

I don't think theosis...but that is only because I am too busy thinking 'retroflex R' and making that sound myself....

(we learned in phonetics and its hard to say words using it, but i practice)
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« Reply #20229 on: March 21, 2014, 01:28:10 PM »

So many potential responses...

Don't be bashful.  Let loose your inner Abba.

In the spirit of the fast and for the edification of all, I shall be silent.
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« Reply #20230 on: March 21, 2014, 01:35:24 PM »

Don't be bashful.  Let loose your inner Abba.

In the spirit of the fast and for the edification of all, I shall be silent.

Ouch!  I'll go roll around in some briars as a penance.
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« Reply #20231 on: March 21, 2014, 01:45:47 PM »

Don't be bashful.  Let loose your inner Abba.

In the spirit of the fast and for the edification of all, I shall be silent.

Ouch!  I'll go roll around in some briars as a penance.

LOL! Is that an Abba Hezekiah approved form of penance?
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« Reply #20232 on: March 21, 2014, 01:57:59 PM »

NVM. Apparently also other people are having a bad day or something.
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« Reply #20233 on: March 21, 2014, 03:08:39 PM »

Ouch!  I'll go roll around in some briars as a penance.

LOL! Is that an Abba Hezekiah approved form of penance?

As unto the tickling with feathers is the piercing of my mortal frame with terrestrial thorns when compared to the onslaught of the poisonous darts of bitter iniquity.  Besides, you didn't think the juniper bush was just for food, did you?
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« Reply #20234 on: March 21, 2014, 03:09:17 PM »

NVM. Apparently also other people are having a bad day or something.

Aww, what happened?
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« Reply #20235 on: March 21, 2014, 03:15:56 PM »

As unto the tickling with feathers is the piercing of my mortal frame with terrestrial thorns when compared to the onslaught of the poisonous darts of bitter iniquity.  Besides, you didn't think the juniper bush was just for food, did you?

Have you been hitting the Lenten absinthe, Mor Jabberwocky Ephrem? Wink
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« Reply #20236 on: March 21, 2014, 03:17:07 PM »

As unto the tickling with feathers is the piercing of my mortal frame with terrestrial thorns when compared to the onslaught of the poisonous darts of bitter iniquity.  Besides, you didn't think the juniper bush was just for food, did you?

Have you been hitting the Lenten absinthe, Mor Jabberwocky Ephrem? Wink

More like he made some alcohol out of juniper bush....gin does odd things...

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« Reply #20237 on: March 21, 2014, 03:19:19 PM »

As unto the tickling with feathers is the piercing of my mortal frame with terrestrial thorns when compared to the onslaught of the poisonous darts of bitter iniquity.  Besides, you didn't think the juniper bush was just for food, did you?

Have you been hitting the Lenten absinthe, Mor Jabberwocky Ephrem? Wink

Don't get me started on absinthe...I have stories.  Homey don't play dat.   
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« Reply #20238 on: March 21, 2014, 03:19:28 PM »

As unto the tickling with feathers is the piercing of my mortal frame with terrestrial thorns when compared to the onslaught of the poisonous darts of bitter iniquity.  Besides, you didn't think the juniper bush was just for food, did you?

Have you been hitting the Lenten absinthe, Mor Jabberwocky Ephrem? Wink

More like he made some alcohol out of juniper bush....gin does odd things...



Let's not drag gin into this...  Grin
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« Reply #20239 on: March 21, 2014, 03:23:47 PM »

Don't get me started on absinthe...I have stories.  Homey don't play dat.   

Perhaps a flashback/recurrence, then?  Cool
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« Reply #20240 on: March 21, 2014, 03:29:43 PM »

Don't get me started on absinthe...I have stories.  Homey don't play dat.   

Perhaps a flashback/recurrence, then?  Cool

Not possible.  There is absolutely nothing Lenten about absinthe. 
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« Reply #20241 on: March 21, 2014, 03:30:55 PM »

He does seem to be a little absinthe - minded today...
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« Reply #20242 on: March 21, 2014, 03:32:50 PM »

Not possible.  There is absolutely nothing Lenten about absinthe. 

I'm teasing. Just wondering why your material is extra-rich today. Tongue
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« Reply #20243 on: March 21, 2014, 03:34:39 PM »

quite right! ... once lent-en, never repaid.
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« Reply #20244 on: March 21, 2014, 03:37:25 PM »

Don't get me started on absinthe...I have stories.  Homey don't play dat.   

Perhaps a flashback/recurrence, then?  Cool

Not possible.  There is absolutely nothing Lenten about absinthe. 

Wormwood is biblical.  It is an ascetic practice to consume absinthe.
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« Reply #20245 on: March 21, 2014, 03:38:31 PM »

my material isn't extra rich - no shortening allowed in prosphora.
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« Reply #20246 on: March 21, 2014, 03:41:58 PM »

Wormwood is also the principal flavouring ingredient  in - (hold your
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« Reply #20247 on: March 21, 2014, 03:43:13 PM »

Wormwood is also the principal flavouring ingredient  in - (hold your
 breath) vermouth!

That and some gin (or vodka) with a twist, you got a good martini.
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« Reply #20248 on: March 21, 2014, 03:47:46 PM »

Sir Winston Churchill had a unique recipe for his martinis!
He'd pour the gin in the glass while looking at the vermouth bottle on the other side of the room!

Better go check my prosphora...
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« Reply #20249 on: March 21, 2014, 03:51:18 PM »

Sir Winston Churchill had a unique recipe for his martinis!
He'd pour the gin in the glass while looking at the vermouth bottle on the other side of the room!

Better go check my prosphora...

Lol, that's what's called an extra-dry martini.  Bartending nightmares...anyway, vermouth is underrated.

Prosphora baking?  I hope you're not having a martini at the moment.
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