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Title: Convert to Orthodoxy Wishes to Grow With Orthodox Faith
Post by: stjustinmartyrorthodox on January 22, 2012, 04:42:13 PM
Hello:
I am very happy to say that this month it will be four years since I was chrismated Orthodox Christian. As I can speak for myself, I was a seeker of truth and sought out varied religious paths before I came to Orthodoxy. I unfortunately went through a phase last year where I questioned my Orthodoxy and felt a nostalgia, almost a homesickness, for my previous Christian denomination. I have since gotten over that phase happy to say; I have fully embraced the Orthodox faith and have confessed my sins and shortcomings to my parish Orthodox priest. I am wondering how can I grow in faith? Sorry for the open ended question. As a catechument my priest assigned me The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware and I have read that book at least 2 if not 3 times already along with other books by Bishop Ware. I want to do further study on the Fathers and Desert Fathers, but I don't know where to begin. Should I begin chronilogically or should I read on certain themes from perspectives of different Fathers and Saints. I am trying to also develop a prayer rule little by little. In all thank you for your support. God is in Our Midst!
Title: Re: Convert to Orthodoxy Wishes to Grow With Orthodox Faith
Post by: biro on January 22, 2012, 07:33:07 PM
I would say to go to Confession, but I think you already did that. So, continue to go to liturgy, pray, and see if you can find a way to help out at your parish. :)
Title: Re: Convert to Orthodoxy Wishes to Grow With Orthodox Faith
Post by: Knee V on January 23, 2012, 12:15:52 AM
Try to pray a lot, and ask God for help in praying. It's tough to do, but God helps us when we ask. The entire Orthodox life is about prayer.
Title: Re: Convert to Orthodoxy Wishes to Grow With Orthodox Faith
Post by: moronikos on January 23, 2012, 12:51:56 PM
Here's a novel suggestion: Ask your priest.

Ask him what he thinks you should read next.