Well we picked her up from the retreat. She learned some things made at least one new friend and got to know the ladies who stand on the over side of the church a lot better. Since your wife has met a new friend, your wife can confide any doubts to her.
Yes that make about four decent friends at church now. More on that in a minute
On the down side she definitely felt a bit claustrophobic and crowded, and didn't sleep the best. So some ups some downs, I guess that's realistic.If your wife didn't come back angry, that is a small victory.
Indeed but again I'll come back to this in a minute too.
She's definitely still not up for the house blessing again this year from what she says.Is that required for inquirers? Your Priest ought to understand that not every inquirer's house needs to be blessed, at least not right away.
No requirement just an offer on his part, we live an hour away from church and he was going to be nearby doing another blessing.
Still hasn't weighed in on our Priest's suggestion regarding the girls and myself. My task there will be to remind her that we do need to give him an answer at some point, without putting undue pressure on her as to what that answer will be. Sigh, pray for us.
I wonder if you've attended churches in other Orthodox Jurisdictions? If your wife finds the Antiochian church disconcerting, there's always the OCA.
Yeah we've been to more than one Orthodox Church and I have an Uncle who's a retired OCA priest. Ultimately we love our priests ad like our church the things she's been struggling with are pretty universal in Orthodoxy.
Thanks Putnik for the suggestions
mabsoota good point in the other thread.
Okay back to the rest or as Paul Harvey used to say "now for the rest of the story."
On the ride up to church this AM my wife, by that time, more rested continued to remember more stuff she learned and to dwell more on the positives. That I anticipated based on past experience, the next part I did not. One of the things she talked about was that she'd had conversations with a couple women, one a Matushka, about the idea of having her name day be Nov. 8th the Synaxis of the Archangels. As she put it there are several of them that have been making themselves known to her and her name is Angela.
From there I brought up the part about needing to give Father an answer and regarding the girls and myself taking the next step first. Her response was that she would prefer to take the next step together and to tell Father that she wanted to spend Lent really praying about and looking into things and we would see where we were after that. This is the first time she's given any sort of time line to any part of the process.
Next I shared how I was leaning toward Saint Innocent of Alaska as a Patron Saint and in another positive move she then turned the topic to Patron Saints for our two daughters and suggested we spend Lent looking at that too.
But it gets better yet. After church on the way home she shared that she had felt very
impressed just this morning that we should consider one particular family as sponsors for our family. As it happens that same thought had occurred to me for the first time this morning as well. This kind of floored both of us, in a good way.
Just as a tie to the above the wife of the family mentioned is one of the friends referenced above, and coincidentally she's also one of the ladies who was pushing the most for my wife to go to the retreat this weekend. Well that's all for now. Keep us in your prayers but include some thanks for answered prayer this time.