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Mor Ephrem said:
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Lord if it is in your will, please be merciful towards our country and guide Kim Davis towards monastic tonsure in Romania.
or at least elope with one of their eminences
Not the right sex for that.
there is one, maybe. He was a widowed priest.
 

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oc.net posting is still down from last year (barring a sudden and substantial uptick), but the slide hasn't been as bad as the previous two years...
 

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I drove by a byzantine catholic sect today.  I had no overwhelming desire to see what was inside.
Hope you spat and made sign of the cross upside down while passing it.
That would show that I cared.
 

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These stories about the murder of Alina Sheykhet: the history leading up to it, the way the actual killing happened... just brutal.  :(
 

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These stories about the murder of Alina Sheykhet: the history leading up to it, the way the actual killing happened... just brutal.  :(
Or the story of the rape and killing at Luebo just disgusted me
 

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<---- it looks like St Gregory has just seen the uncreated light based on his facial expression.
 

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RaphaCam said:
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oc.net posting is still down from last year (barring a sudden and substantial uptick), but the slide hasn't been as bad as the previous two years...
The quality right now is better than late 2016 to early 2017, though.
Is it?  The '08 vintage had a fine bouquet.
 

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hecma925 said:
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oc.net posting is still down from last year (barring a sudden and substantial uptick), but the slide hasn't been as bad as the previous two years...
The quality right now is better than late 2016 to early 2017, though.
Is it?  The '08 vintage had a fine bouquet.
Didn't get to see these good ol' times. But the forum seems to have gotten progressively better along 2017.
 

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Times are gone for honest men and sometimes far too long for snakes.
Jeremy spoke in class today. Clearly I remember pickin' on the boy.
 

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Our Metropolitan visited today...again. That makes 4 in the last year or thereabouts. 2 had legit reasons (we hosted the Clergy-Laity and Choir Conferences, and today marks 80 years for the parish), one was Lenten, and one was just a pastoral visit.

Either he loves us and wants to show his appreciation, or we're REALLY bad and he needs to knock some heads  ;D
 

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I believe that wallets were a Calvinist invention to cause the compartmentalization of your life and emphasize the earning of profits (the largest pocket) in the psychology of men.
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
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My Mom came to liturgy today, to hear me sing in the choir. I was so proud!
Nice...how's it going so far?
The robe's a bit sweaty, and I wound up on the wrong page in the music book a couple times. Other than that, not bad. :)
 

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I have no problem singing in the choir but if they made me wear a robe I would freak out. Good for you.
 

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biro said:
Mor Ephrem said:
biro said:
My Mom came to liturgy today, to hear me sing in the choir. I was so proud!
Nice...how's it going so far?
The robe's a bit sweaty, and I wound up on the wrong page in the music book a couple times. Other than that, not bad. :)
I'm so glad to hear your mother came to hear you sing!  I am glad to hear you are enjoying the choir...even if they make you wear robes. 
 

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Furat day in The fatherland in a suffocating train, someone tries to open a window only to be sternly rebuffed by an old woman: "Shut it back, don't you feel how strong the draft is"
 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbo#Development_and_character_profile

Peter Falk's Columbo always reminded me Porfiry Petrovich of Crime and Punishment, now wikipedia confirmed my hunch.  Supposedly he is influenced by Father Brown (of the Father Brown stories) as well, which makes sense.  I always thought if you could translate a Dostoevsky novel into a good movie it would either be Crime and Punishment or Demons.  The Crime and Punishment largely would translate because of the Porfiry Petrovich character, who sadly could not be portrayed by the great Peter Falk anymore...maybe he was such a perfect choice"for an American language Crime and Punishment no attempts ought be made to make that movie for the foreseeable future.
 

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I want to make a Morpheus meme that says, "What if I told you memeing is virtue signaling?"
 

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The moderated forums are now in alphabetical order, but the general and foreign language forums are not. What is the significance of this? The world needs answers...
 

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Yesterday I was sitting on a table in the corridor of the Christian Theological Academy, reading my work in Arabic and waiting for the lesso of History of the Church. I noticed that there was passing a man wearing a cassock, but it's not so strange in this place ;) so I continued checking my essay. But I heard I welcome you, miss Dominika! (in Polish we use politle forms; well, some priests use the form "you", toward me). I wanted to reply by "Good morning" or "Glory be to Jesus Christ", but I noticed that's.. Archbishop George.

So I jumped from the table, half of my papers and a notebok landed on the floor, so I said I'm sorry, the archbishop said No, that's me saying sorry. I kissed his hand, or in fact, not enterly, because I'd used lipstick :p And he asked me smiling So, how are you? Everything is fine? I replied Yes, everything is OK, and he said in Church Slavonic So, glory be to God, glory be to God!.
 

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Hey Asteriktos, I didn't want to post this in your Modern Fathers quotes thread, but can you help me find the writing of Fr. Schmemann where he says "Academic theology is false." I want to understand what he means in its context. Maybe it was a spoken off the cuff remark. Thanks.
 

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I've just made my first successful attempt of ice cream texture after years (interruptly) trying, and it was completely random. I gave up on the traditional recipes and instead just grinded calf's foot jelly, milk cream and corn starch together, heated the mix and repeatedly freezed and regrinded it.
 

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Asteriktos said:
The moderated forums are now in alphabetical order, but the general and foreign language forums are not. What is the significance of this? The world needs answers...
Some invisible stuff the admin team is working on. The alphabetizing was a byproduct.
 

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I in should go to sauna more often. You wouldn't believe how being naked in a 100°C (212°F) hot sweaty room cures all your problems.
 

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I in should go to sauna more often. You wouldn't believe how being naked in a 100°C (212°F) hot sweaty room cures all your problems.
There's only one kind of sauna where men can be naked here...
The gay kind? I heard that "Finnish sauna" is an euphemism to gay club in Croatia. I wonder how many tourists have ended there with out realizing it.

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I haven't been to a sauna in a while.
Hasten therefore to do the work of God.
 

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Agabus said:
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The moderated forums are now in alphabetical order, but the general and foreign language forums are not. What is the significance of this? The world needs answers...
Some invisible stuff the admin team is working on. The alphabetizing was a byproduct.
Well I didn't actually expect a response  :laugh: Thanks though!
 

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RobS said:
Hey Asteriktos, I didn't want to post this in your Modern Fathers quotes thread, but can you help me find the writing of Fr. Schmemann where he says "Academic theology is false." I want to understand what he means in its context. Maybe it was a spoken off the cuff remark. Thanks.
I couldn't find a document with that exact phrase--except on a couple dozen sites which only list quotes without giving sources.
I did find this though, fwiw:

But to achieve this, we must give some thought to that which, at least in my opinion, constitutes the basic defect of our theology: its almost total divorce from the real life of the Church and from her practical needs. By his very upbringing and training, the theologian is used to looking at everything "practical" as virtually opposed to theology and its lofty pursuits, and this attitude has been adopted for so many centuries that it is almost taken for granted. Since the breakdown of the patristic age, our theology (and not without Western influence) has become exclusively "academic" -- "scholastic" in the literal sense of the word. It is confined to a narrow circle of professional intellectuals, writing and working, in fact, for each other (who else reads theology, or, even if he wished to, is capable of reading its highly professional and esoteric language?) and, as time goes by, more and more anxious to satisfy and please their peers in other academic disciplines, rather than the less and less theologically-minded Church.

They are reconciled to the supreme indifference of the Church at large to their work because, in their unshakable self-righteousness, they put the blame on the anti-intellectualism of the clergy and laity. What they do not seem to realize, however, is that this "anti-intellectualism" is in a way a direct result of their own exclusive "intellectualism," of their quasi-manichean contempt for the "practical" needs of the Church, for their reduction of theology to a harmless intellectual game of "interesting points of view" and scientifically impeccable footnotes. And the sad irony of the situation is that, ignored by the Church, they are not truly accepted by the so-called "intellectual community" either, for which, in spite of all their efforts ad captatiam benevolentiae, they remain non-objective and non-scientific "mystics." And as long as such is the state and the inner orientation of our theology, the hope that it will fulfill its pastoral function and respond to the crying needs of our situation is, of course, vain.

But it is at this point, maybe, that we can turn our eyes to those whom we always claim to be our examples and teachers, the Holy Fathers of the Church, and look a little deeper into their understanding of theological task. Most certainly they were not less intellectual. And yet, there is one decisive difference between them and the modern theological scholars. To all of them that which we call "practical" and virtually exclude from our academic concerns meant nothing else but the unique and indeed very practical concern of Christianity: the eternal salvation of man. Words and ideas were for them directly related not simply to Truth and Error, but to the Truth that saves and to the error that brings with it death and damnation.

And it is their constant, truly "existential" preoccupation with, and their total commitment to, salvation of real, concrete men that makes every line they wrote so ultimately serious and their theology so vital and so precisely pastoral. Intellectual as it is, their theology is always addressed not to "intellectuals," but to the whole Church, in the firm belief that everyone in the Church has received the Spirit of Truth and was made a "theologian" -- i.e., a man concerned with God. And the lasting truth of their theology is that in it ideas are always referred to the "practical" needs of the Church, revealed in their soteriological significance, whereas the most "practical" aspects of the Church are rooted in their ultimate theological implications.

-- The Task of Orthodox Theology in America Today
The closest to the phrase comes near the end of it: "It must be admitted that much too often our official "academic" theology has failed to accept this "obedience" and preferred quiet complacency."

Perhaps someone more familiar with Fr. Alexander knows of an exact location (or can at least confirm that it exists somewhere)...
 

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Alpo said:
RaphaCam said:
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I in should go to sauna more often. You wouldn't believe how being naked in a 100°C (212°F) hot sweaty room cures all your problems.
There's only one kind of sauna where men can be naked here...
The gay kind? I heard that "Finnish sauna" is an euphemism to gay club in Croatia. I wonder how many tourists have ended there with out realizing it.

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I haven't been to a sauna in a while.
Hasten therefore to do the work of God.
I've been to Korean saunas and they're great.  Nudity, no gayness.  Even has a cafe where you can get beer.
 
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