After my first visit to an Orthodox parish, my schoolmate lent me God's Revelation to the Human Heart. Simply reading it gave me a lot of peace of mind and easened my heart toward the Orthodox catechumenate.
Thank you for your post. Another good book, Revelation
, by Fr Seraphim Rose with some more good quotes:
"How can a religious seeker avoid the traps and deceptions which he encounters in his search? There is only one answer to this question: a person must be in the religious search not for the sake of religious experiences
, which can deceive, but for the sake of Truth
. Anyone who studies religion seriously comes up against this question: it is a question literally of life and death."
Quoting Yuri Mashkov (Soviet concentration camp prisoner)
"A tragic end (suicide or madness) would have been my lot too if, to my good fortune, there had not occurred ... the greatest miracle of my life. I was reflecting on my problem: 'To be or not to be?' I had no faith ... and suddenly there came a second when somehow for the first time I saw (as if a door had opened from a dark room into a sunny street) and in the next second I already knew for sure that God exists and that God is the Jesus Christ of Orthodoxy and not some other God. I call this moment the greatest miracle because this knowledge came to me not through reason
but by some other way and I am unable to explain this moment rationally."