I went to the Greek Church today, as I had gotten off of work early; I was suffering some bad pain in my ear, and I don't really have time for church on Sunday due to work, so I made time to visit Annunciation GO.
The liturgy was lovely, and I was just taking in the beautiful chants and what not. Afterwords during "hospitality", a gentleman came up and introduced himself; he is an "Anglo" convert, and he actually had just been crismated with his wife and kids this January; former protestants they were/
They introduced me to a doctor, who also had entered Orthodoxy with her husband and daughters in January, told me that her husband was Catholic, and I am thinking of talking with him, what made him cross that line. In fact, that'd be almost better than talking with a priest who never was Catholic (Roman). Dn't get me wrong, I'm still talking with the priest.
Some thoughts I had after my great, friendly visit: if I do convert, I wouldn't be rejecting my old faith; for me, Churches with so much in common, ecclesiastically and spiritually speaking, that trash eachother are only serving the devil's purposes. I think the devil has always won due to our separations and misrusts, but that's just me. I see becoming Orthodox as bringing me into a better spiritual, religious reality of Christ's veracity, not rejecting pagan ways. If I were Muslim, Buddhist, oagan, or etc., then that's probably how I would view it.
I like the pope, especially John Paul the Great, and his efforts to unite east and west. I can agree, in a sense, that popes have taken more authority than they deserved, and a good number were a bunch of simonious creeps anyhow. I like the West, or what is left of it, but I find the East to be more continuous, sustaining, etc.