hello everyone! it has been some time since my last post.
my wife and i have completed our catechesis over the course of ~7 months. we've been attending regularly and getting involved in the choir and getting to know everyone in our parish family. it's been a wonderful experience.
my wife loves Orthodoxy. she and i both agree that we could never be anywhere else after coming to Orthodoxy. where else could we go?
coming to Orthodoxy is so good and yet so hard to explain how and why it's truly different. it's not like just going to a new church, or switching denominations. it is fundamentally, ontologically different. God is present here in a way that is unique to Orthodoxy. He is everywhere, of course, and was with us when we were protestants, but this is so much more. there are, of course, all the usual things: the Liturgy, the Fathers, the Tradition, the Beauty, the consistent theology that can be tracked, unbroken, through the ages. and all these things among others are amazing, and still, the real truth is that there is something More present here, and that More is what imbues Life into all these other things. and i think that More is Jesus, is God.
i am ecstatic and humbled, weak in the knees and tearful with awe. this is the Church. i've looked for so long, waited for so long, and we're finally coming Home.
my first Confession is tomorrow, in preparation for our reception by Chrismation on Pentecost.
this part of our journey, our inquiry, is ending, but it is only the beginning, the entryway into our eternal journey of theosis.
thank you all for your prayers. please continue to pray for us through Pentecost, and many blessings to you all!