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  1. Porter ODoran

    Good bye!

    My contributions here over the years have steadily decreased in value and a friendly spirit. Egoism and bitterness aside, increasingly I seem to be wresting with memory problems or personal emotions rather than engaging others. But this post isn't about me -- It's to say thank you and God bless...
  2. Porter ODoran

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    I doubt Iconodule and I are the only forum members with some Irish heritage. St. Patrick, pray for us! Troparion, Tone 3 Holy Bishop Patrick, Faithful shepherd of Christ's royal flock, You filled Ireland with the radiance of the Gospel: The mighty strength of the Trinity! Now that you stand...
  3. Porter ODoran

    'Mother!' by Darren Aranofsky

    Once upon a time, Gaia and Jehovah shared a restored Georgian mansion ... Reactions? Reviews?
  4. Porter ODoran

    Orthodox commentary on Mat 7.13f

    Here is the scripture in question: "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Many...
  5. Porter ODoran

    The Proto-Gospels: Early Christian "fanfic"?

    The following from our dear Alpha60 got me thinking this could be a topic for further debate: I used to have a thick volume of Proto-Gospels, Acts of the Etc., and Apocalypses; I loaned it to someone and lost it (reader, here is wisdom). These aren't read in Churches, and only a few are...
  6. Porter ODoran


    Christ be glorified in his icon of the sun. We're nearing total eclipse here in central Oregon.
  7. Porter ODoran

    And for my 10,001st post ...

    And for my 10,001st post, a simple invitation. If you were to want to chat online anytime, or just form a Facebook connection, I'm on Facebook at: dan.doran.7777 Be well and God bless you and those you love.
  8. Porter ODoran

    Post a picture of your OWN OC.net persona

    I mean, if you want to. Can be ironic or sincere. But no literal self-portraits please. Masters of sockpuppets may post pics of them too.
  9. Porter ODoran

    Lone MP takes a stand as Malta refactors marriage

    Although Malta is a constitutionally Roman Catholic state, the parliament voted today 66-1 to impose a redefinition of marriage favored by homosexual activists, the 15th European state to do so. A single member of parliament voted Nay, saying he could not support a bill that is "immoral."...
  10. Porter ODoran

    Prayer of thanks

    Please join me in thanking and praising God for granting me so much healing and other providence the last several months. "Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare...
  11. Porter ODoran

    Magisterium and medicine

    I think I'll regret bringing up this topic, but here's hoping we can keep from being too revolting. I just read that Pope Francis has spoken up about this baby of the Gard family in England. I didn't see direct quotes of what he said, tho. But why would Pope Francis speak in favor of...
  12. Porter ODoran

    Evangelisation of Muslims and role of Arabic

    You mean the German legislation? Just another step in the sprint toward the fall of the West. Teach your children Arabic if you want them to get decent jobs.
  13. Porter ODoran

    'Is Being Christian a Crime in Michigan?'

    News, but I'm not posting it in the Christian News forum for obvious reasons. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/06/27/is-being-christian-crime-in-michigan.html
  14. Porter ODoran

    Wonder Woman

    In an introductory scene, when Hyppolita is explaining to Diana the purpose of the Amazons for maintaining peace on earth, a musical phrase is repeated; it's from the Byzantine Divine Liturgy: eirene pasi.
  15. Porter ODoran

    Orthodoxy and the "Oblate"

    St. Benedict's disciples came to offer several roles to interested but non-vowed Christians, such as sponsor of a monastery, liaison with the world, worker around the grounds, and so forth. In time, one of these, the role of "oblate" (compare with "oblation," a gift) became formalized as a...
  16. Porter ODoran

    Cappadocian collecting

    Okay, folks, I am hoping we can put our heads together and come up with as exhaustive a list as possible of Cappadocian Fathers in English. Also, in Greek editions. (French -- no thanks. :) ) Paulist Press has two volumes of Gregory of Nyssa. SVS has some tract-length translations of some of...
  17. Porter ODoran

    In an overlooked moment ten years ago, Hamilton became eligible for salvation

    According to Moses' Law, "a bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord." Ten generations would be about 25 yrs x 10 gens = 250 yrs. If we take the liberal view, that a bastard's own life counts...
  18. Porter ODoran

    A new Russian Orthodox dome shines above downtown Paris

    Today, the NY Times ran a fairly observant piece of journalism on the growing Russian phenomenon, particularly its "spiritual" face in Western Europe. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/14/world/europe/russia-orthodox-church.html?ref=world&_r=0
  19. Porter ODoran

    Taming the flesh: moderation vs denial

    The idea that the passions lead to man's ills is shared by multiple traditions; but what to do about it is a matter of disagreement. I'll concentrate on only two schools of thought: the monastic, as I poorly understand it; and the Platonic, which was probably actually characteristic of ancient...
  20. Porter ODoran

    Russian nuns enter Kiev, despite threats