More people than you can imagine have their only grip on Orthodoxy by
the handle on an Easter Basket. But is it not our duty then, to start
from that basket and preach Christ and his Church to them, not
allowing sectarian interlopers to make those people lose their grip on
our Holy Faith?
--- In email@example.com, Hristofor <hristofor@m...> wrote:
> Fr. John R. Shaw wrote:
> >We do not live in a society where parents choose the marriage
> Not only that, we don't live in an /Orthodox/ society, where there
> large selection of eligible spouses. Small ROCA parishes located far
> from population centres are even worse off. I have heard many
> from Americans in theire 20's and 30's complain about how hard it is to
> find a spouse and religion isn't even an issue with them.
> >One of the greatest problems our Church faces today is that so many of
> >the people know next to nothing about their religion -- and they may
> >teach their own children precisely nothing.
> This is definitely true and unfortunately, was the case with at least
> one set of grandparents, who came to the US before 1917 from Western
> Russia and Ukraine.
> I have mentioned in previous postings the large number of second
> generation Orthodox folk that I know who have drifted/fallen away.
> we now seem to have come full circle. The grandaughter of Ukrainian
> Orthodox immigrants, brought up and married RC (to someone from
> no less), just had a baby girl and she and her husband have decided to
> baptise the girl /Orthodox!/ Talk about knowing next to nothing about
> the Orthodox Faith! I am on the one hand, thrilled that they decided to
> baptise her Orthodox, on the otherhand, the parents' knowledge of the
> Chruch is limited to 12 lenten dishes for Christmas Eve and bringing
> basket to church on Holy Saturday to be blessed...
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]