Is it just me or does it seem like no one cares about Iraq. I feel like apologizing to Iraq on behalf of the rest of the world. 

They will once it’s too late. Or when it’s politically positive to.

Sometimes you have to experience something for yourself to put to rest any preconceived notions

Exactly, she has to see it. Because there are those similarities between the two but they are still different. But on paper or through explanation that means nothing. Not to mention nearly all the Orthodox clergy I’ve met are the most laid back people, so I think it will be good. I was supposed to meet the Mother a few years ago but it fell through, so I’m excited to meet her finally.

Tomorrow my mom and I are going to spend the day with the sisters at The Holy Assumption Monastery in Calistoga. I was going to go by myself, but I thought maybe she’d want to go.

Of course she was scarred by Catholicism as a child and can’t seem to grasp that Orthodox and the RCC are NOT the same, lol. She goes, “I saw the word catholic!” so I tried to explain but she’s still suspicious. Hopefully going up there and seeing it all will chill her out.