While the church as a whole retains an identity and theology, the self-governing bodies of which it is comprised often take on a national flavor.
Russian Orthodoxy reflects both its Orthodox heritage and the culture of its native land.
Those butterflies in our stomach are our blood rushing and hormones getting amped up. Is it just because we find the person physically attractive? The truth is that romantic love is just as much a spiritual response as it is a physical one.
When we find that we are “in love with” someone, part of it is because our soul wants to have a special relationship with that person.
I‘m thankful for many things in my life- my wife, my family, my friends, health, food, shelter, clothing, the freedom to worship freely in our country. I am thankful when I see friends of mine find someone right for them, date, and get married. Is there any song on the radio these days that is not about this word? How many clothing lines, backpacks, school supplies, you name it- have hearts on them or other love-themed pictures?
I‘m thankful for the fact that I have ended up with THE right girl.
The word orthodox means "right believing" and was adopted to signify the true religion that faithfully followed the beliefs and practices defined by the first seven ecumenical councils (dating back to the first ten centuries).
After enduring the Soviet era as a state-controlled religious facade, the church quickly regained both membership and political influence in the early 1990s.
I think it’s safe to say that we love something when it has a lot of meaning for us, or when we really, really, enjoy something – a good restaurant, a movie we really enjoyed, maybe a song, a piece of jewelry, or anything else, we say that we “love” it. We all love our parents, relatives and friends we meet in our lives, which is definitely a kind of love. One day we find ourselves in the presence of someone we find attractive, someone we’d like to get to know more about and be around.
We find that we have butterflies in our stomach when we see them, we want to know more about them, and more than anything we really want them to like us back.
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