Thank you all.
I must say I was entirely confused by the ecuemenical EO vs heterodox EO stuff.....what?
I did tell my friend. I agree with the person who said having secrets between friends is never a good thing. And of course my children, who are little, would talk.
She cried. She asked me why I hadn't decided to become Byzantine Catholic. Good question, don't you think? She asked me if I thought the Catholic Church was not the one true church. I replied that I think it is the one true church in combination
with the Orthodox Church. You see, I am a BABY to all that is Orthodox. I know VERY LITTLE. What I do know it that the Great Schism is a GREAT TRAGEDY and NOT the will of God. It is a divorce and in a way, we are all children of divorce....wounded to some degree by the split.
She said she understood why we would choose to go somewhere else. We have worked for the Catholic Church our whole lives....16 years. My husband has been deeply wounded and in his latests job, witness true evil in the administration levels of the RCath Church. So my friend, who knows all, this said she understood why we would look elsewhere for true Church. She says that it seems to her that the true church is only in existence in a few places. She said we will still be friends....I'm still Christian. We ended with a hug and both said "I love you" at the same time.
Interestingly, my DH told our Bishop that we are converting. He said 1. he is happy for us, 2. That Orthodox Church is our sister Church and 3. it is obvious to him that the Holy Spirit is leading us. I had to SIT DOWN when I heard that. What an amazing thing for a Catholic Bishop to say!
I am sure there will be distance between my friend and I. She simply cannot be fully herself with me now that I have rejected the supreme universal jurisdiction of the Papacy. But it went FAR better that I expected.....
Now I just have to tell my mom....oi! Pray for me!