Hi everyone, I have been an inquirer at a Serbian Orthodox church since June. This came after a Catholic childhood, 20 years away from any church, in which I explored Buddhism, Neo Paganism, etc, and then just a couple years ago started going to Protestant churches.
Orthodoxy feels like the right thing, but I am kind of scared to be honest. I was never confirmed as a Catholic, and Orthodoxy seems even harder, almost like being Amish! I am concerned how my fiancee will take all the fasting. My friends were all shocked and horrified when I started going to church at all, and now that I am interested in Orthodoxy, they are even more horrified. The reaction is usually "why would you want to do THAT?" as if I am considering going into a nunnery.
I admit, most of the people I know are west coast, college educated intellectuals with no use for religion at all.
In the small town I now live in, alcoholism is rampant and everyone's out for a good time, period.
I love the church, but my own friends are treating me like a freak.
I am very nervous about what will happen around Christmas, ie celebrating at a different time than this overwhelmingly Catholic town, not being able to eat the food everyone will be offering. I don't want to be felt to be a snob. Maybe I should just freeze it until after the fast?
Has anyone else been through this?