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We're converting!
« on: December 03, 2011, 12:03:06 PM »
After several years of difficult discernment, my wife and I have decided to convert to Orthodoxy. We've already met with the priest. I'm honestly filled with joy at how easy the decision was in the end. The road ahead wil certainly have its challenges as a big part of my identity has been being Catholic, but I'm ready for it.
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2011, 12:04:17 PM »
Many years!

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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2011, 12:07:09 PM »
Many years!
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2011, 01:38:19 PM »
Congratulations and many years.   :angel:
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2011, 01:52:11 PM »
How wonderful!  Glory to God. 

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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2011, 02:34:34 PM »
may God give u wisdom and may yr love for Him be renewed daily by His mercies.

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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2011, 03:05:42 PM »
Yay!  Congratulations! :)
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2011, 03:39:31 PM »
Many years!

And you will still be "Catholic"  :)
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2011, 04:47:53 PM »
Congratulations!  Many years to you and your family.   :)

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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2011, 05:00:51 PM »
After several years of difficult discernment, my wife and I have decided to convert to Orthodoxy. We've already met with the priest. I'm honestly filled with joy at how easy the decision was in the end. The road ahead wil certainly have its challenges as a big part of my identity has been being Catholic, but I'm ready for it.

A well educated Catholic will become a well educated Orthodox quite quickly.  Catholicism provides a good base.

You'll miss some things from your Catholic life, liturgical things, some hymns, music, feastdays, etc.  But as the years go by new associations and connections grow with Orthodox customs and prayers and music and they begin to resonate within you as the old Catholic things once did. They'll become part of your identity.

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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2011, 06:11:13 PM »

Many Years! Difficult to read the inscription on your avatar, but will your patron Saint be St Lawrence?
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2011, 06:31:08 PM »
Many years!
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« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2011, 07:05:26 PM »
After several years of difficult discernment, my wife and I have decided to convert to Orthodoxy. We've already met with the priest. I'm honestly filled with joy at how easy the decision was in the end. The road ahead wil certainly have its challenges as a big part of my identity has been being Catholic, but I'm ready for it.

A well educated Catholic will become a well educated Orthodox quite quickly.  Catholicism provides a good base.

You'll miss some things from your Catholic life, liturgical things, some hymns, music, feastdays, etc.  But as the years go by new associations and connections grow with Orthodox customs and prayers and music and they begin to resonate within you as the old Catholic things once did. They'll become part of your identity.

Thank you. I think you're right.
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« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2011, 07:08:18 PM »

Many Years! Difficult to read the inscription on your avatar, but will your patron Saint be St Lawrence?

My avatar is St. Lawrence. But I haven't decided on a name yet.

Lawrence is actually my confirmation name, so I think I should change it. But I don't know yet.
"Yeah, the sparrow hath found an house..." -Psalm 84:3

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« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2011, 07:13:40 PM »
Many years
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« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2011, 07:16:32 PM »
Wonderful! Many years.
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« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2011, 08:12:25 PM »
Many Years!

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« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2011, 08:15:36 PM »
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« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2011, 08:46:29 PM »
May God be with you in your journey. I wish you no ill will and hopel that your faith life continues to deepen.
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« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2011, 08:51:02 PM »
May God be with you in your journey. I wish you no ill will and hopel that your faith life continues to deepen.
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Congrats and many years!
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« Reply #20 on: December 03, 2011, 08:53:23 PM »
Well it's about time!  :laugh:

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« Reply #21 on: December 03, 2011, 09:04:18 PM »
Glory to God! Many years to you both in His Kingdom!

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« Reply #22 on: December 03, 2011, 09:16:41 PM »
Blessed news! I know your decision was the result of serious prayer and much contemplation. May God grant you many years in the service of His Kingdom.



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« Reply #23 on: December 03, 2011, 10:40:30 PM »

Many Years! Difficult to read the inscription on your avatar, but will your patron Saint be St Lawrence?

My avatar is St. Lawrence. But I haven't decided on a name yet.

Lawrence is actually my confirmation name, so I think I should change it. But I don't know yet.
There's no need to change it unless you are so inclined. No Orthodox requirement for that.

Congratulations!  Many years!

I can't remember, are you in Detroit?  Have you been to Holy Incarnation, if you have not picked a parish yet?
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« Reply #24 on: December 03, 2011, 10:41:28 PM »
May God be with you in your journey. I wish you no ill will and hopel that your faith life continues to deepen.
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« Reply #25 on: December 04, 2011, 12:19:08 AM »
The decision may have been easy, but the road will be fraught with difficulties. And those difficulties may well present themselves after you have joined yourselves to the Church.  I say this not to discourage you or your wife, but to remind you that "to whom much is given, much is required" and even sacrificed.  Best of luck to both of you and many years.
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« Reply #26 on: December 04, 2011, 01:04:10 AM »
Many years!
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« Reply #27 on: December 04, 2011, 01:05:34 AM »

Many Years! Difficult to read the inscription on your avatar, but will your patron Saint be St Lawrence?

My avatar is St. Lawrence. But I haven't decided on a name yet.

Lawrence is actually my confirmation name, so I think I should change it. But I don't know yet.
There's no need to change it unless you are so inclined. No Orthodox requirement for that.

Congratulations!  Many years!

I can't remember, are you in Detroit?  Have you been to Holy Incarnation, if you have not picked a parish yet?

I have been there. In fact that will be our new parish. :)
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« Reply #28 on: December 04, 2011, 01:08:41 AM »
The decision may have been easy, but the road will be fraught with difficulties. And those difficulties may well present themselves after you have joined yourselves to the Church.  I say this not to discourage you or your wife, but to remind you that "to whom much is given, much is required" and even sacrificed.  Best of luck to both of you and many years.

Thank you. I'm sure you are correct. I appreciate the encouragement.
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« Reply #29 on: December 04, 2011, 01:09:16 AM »
Blessed news! I know your decision was the result of serious prayer and much contemplation. May God grant you many years in the service of His Kingdom.



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« Reply #30 on: December 04, 2011, 01:11:08 AM »
May God be with you in your journey. I wish you no ill will and hopel that your faith life continues to deepen.

Thank you very much, Papist.
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« Reply #31 on: December 04, 2011, 01:14:36 AM »
Thank you all for your encouragement and well wishes.
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« Reply #32 on: December 04, 2011, 05:41:03 AM »

Many Years! Difficult to read the inscription on your avatar, but will your patron Saint be St Lawrence?

My avatar is St. Lawrence. But I haven't decided on a name yet.

Lawrence is actually my confirmation name, so I think I should change it. But I don't know yet.

As already mentioned, there's no need to change your name or patron if you're comfortable with them. You have to admire and love someone who can make jokes whilst being roasted alive ("I’m done on this side! Turn me over and eat!")
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« Reply #33 on: December 04, 2011, 08:13:13 AM »
May God bless your decision, my brother, and may your faith grow abundantly in your new spiritual home.

Many years,

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« Reply #34 on: December 04, 2011, 02:12:48 PM »

Many Years! Difficult to read the inscription on your avatar, but will your patron Saint be St Lawrence?

My avatar is St. Lawrence. But I haven't decided on a name yet.

Lawrence is actually my confirmation name, so I think I should change it. But I don't know yet.

As already mentioned, there's no need to change your name or patron if you're comfortable with them. You have to admire and love someone who can make jokes whilst being roasted alive ("I’m done on this side! Turn me over and eat!")

:) His humor is one of the reasons I chose him as my patron.
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« Reply #35 on: December 04, 2011, 02:13:46 PM »
May God bless your decision, my brother, and may your faith grow abundantly in your new spiritual home.

Many years,

Neil

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« Reply #36 on: December 06, 2011, 08:48:08 PM »
I wanted to thank EVERYONE. The past few years have been very difficult for me while trying to discern God's will for me. Everyone on this board has been tremendously kind and helpful--Orthodox and Catholics alike.

I'm so happy and content with my decision now that I know it's the Holy Spirit who has lead me, through all of you, that has helped me come to this decision. I feel so very blessed and thankful.

Thank you all.
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« Reply #37 on: December 06, 2011, 08:57:44 PM »
God grant you many years.
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« Reply #38 on: December 06, 2011, 09:03:08 PM »
I wanted to thank EVERYONE. The past few years have been very difficult for me while trying to discern God's will for me. Everyone on this board has been tremendously kind and helpful--Orthodox and Catholics alike.

I'm so happy and content with my decision now that I know it's the Holy Spirit who has lead me, through all of you, that has helped me come to this decision. I feel so very blessed and thankful.

Thank you all.

What an inspiration. We know that you have diligently sought God's truth, and such an endeavor is never without its trials. Glad that you have finally found your spiritual home. Now the journey begins... :)

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« Reply #39 on: December 06, 2011, 11:29:26 PM »
I wanted to thank EVERYONE. The past few years have been very difficult for me while trying to discern God's will for me. Everyone on this board has been tremendously kind and helpful--Orthodox and Catholics alike.

I'm so happy and content with my decision now that I know it's the Holy Spirit who has lead me, through all of you, that has helped me come to this decision. I feel so very blessed and thankful.

Thank you all.

You're welcome.

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« Reply #40 on: December 08, 2011, 10:14:39 AM »
Congratulations!

I converted from the Latin Catholic and it was indeed a good base.
Prior to that I had spent some 15 years as a Baptist!
I feel like the fulness of all the faiths is in Eastern Orthodoxy, and the worship experience Is just incomparable.

I am sure you feel the same, may your faith and excitement continue to grow.
Many years!

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« Reply #41 on: December 14, 2011, 07:45:11 PM »
Well, the fun has begun. Now that word has gotten out, I'm finding myself having to defend my decision to a slew of people. It turns out there's quite a few closet Catholic apologists out there.

The toughest thing for me to deal with is the assumption by some who hardly know me that I haven't prayed or thought this HUGE decission through. Part of me wants to just tell them off, but so far I haven't. :)

Prayers are welcomed.
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« Reply #42 on: December 14, 2011, 08:50:47 PM »
Well, the fun has begun. Now that word has gotten out, I'm finding myself having to defend my decision to a slew of people. It turns out there's quite a few closet Catholic apologists out there.

The toughest thing for me to deal with is the assumption by some who hardly know me that I haven't prayed or thought this HUGE decission through. Part of me wants to just tell them off, but so far I haven't. :)

Prayers are welcomed.
I am disappointed to see you go, but on the other hand I am glad that there will be another Eastern Orthodox brother out there who is not anti-Catholic. I really am hoping that you life in Christ grows in the EO Church.
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« Reply #43 on: December 14, 2011, 10:37:30 PM »
Thank you, Papist.
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« Reply #44 on: December 15, 2011, 06:39:31 PM »
Well, the fun has begun. Now that word has gotten out, I'm finding myself having to defend my decision to a slew of people. It turns out there's quite a few closet Catholic apologists out there.

The toughest thing for me to deal with is the assumption by some who hardly know me that I haven't prayed or thought this HUGE decission through. Part of me wants to just tell them off, but so far I haven't. :)

Prayers are welcomed.
I am disappointed to see you go, but on the other hand I am glad that there will be another Eastern Orthodox brother out there who is not anti-Catholic. I really am hoping that you life in Christ grows in the EO Church.

Lawrence,
Hang in there.  Again Congrats!