I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself, as this is my first post. My wife and I have been looking into Orthodoxy over the last couple of months and still have a lot to learn. We were both born and raised as Roman Catholics, and had moved away from attending church. Over the course of our relationship we have both felt a need to get back into a church and grow closer to God. Needless to say over the past couple of years, from time to time, we have attended different Catholic churches as we both felt something was missing, as it 'just didn't feel right'. However, we stopped attending church (for no particular reason). Then a few months ago, this feeling of getting back to our faith in God, caused us to order a book about different denominations. The reason we did this was because if I was to attend a church and belong, I wanted to know for sure that it is the one church where I knew was the true catholic and apostolic church. Needless to say, we came across Orthodoxy in this book. Prior to reading this, I never knew that the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches used to be united as the original Christian church. My wife will tell you, that prior to digging through this book, I said that I would of course explore other denominations with her, however I was 95% certain that I wanted to stay with (or get back to) the Roman Catholic Church, however I needed to explore this with her to make certain of it.
Anyway, after reading about Orthodoxy, we decided to attend an Orthodox church nearby a couple of months ago and have now attended their Divine Liturgy ever since. My wife and I both had a feeling during our first visit that was just incredible. I, personally, have never felt so fulfilled and welcomed in a church before. I don't know how to explain it...it felt..wonderful.
We have recently completed 'The Truth' by Clark Carlton and are continuing to learn about Orthodoxy where we can. We now believe that Orthodoxy is where we belong, however we have still not communicated that we want to begin the process (whatever that may be) to becoming Orthodox, as we are still not partaking of the Eucharist, and I keep having this feeling inside that there is still some further historical research that I need to do in order to fully understand what the Orthodox church stands for and represents. I simply want to understand. Not to mention the fact that I recently found out why Orthodoxy is simply not 'Orthodoxy' as there is Eastern Orthodoxy and Oriental Orthodoxy. (We have been attending an Eastern Orthodox Church). Thus more questions pop up in my mind that I feel I need answered before we make a decision which way to go...
Well, I guess that is enough rambling for now
Thank you to all who work tirelessly to keep this site up and running. I am truly looking forward to participating here as my wife and I continue to understand Orthodoxy and grow in our faith with God. I know I will have many questions and look forward to learning from all of you.