I posted a message yesterday about this subject. Here is a copy to you. I would like to hear from you as well.
God bless you, Juliana
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I wanted to thank you for your input on the matter of mixed marriages.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I knew my husband for six years before we were married.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š He is a very honorable man who was brought up in the Jewish faith.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Actually, his father is a russian jew and his mother converted (she was italian catholic).ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I also was a lapsed roman catholic.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š During my college years, I fell away from christianity and explored buddhism and hinduism.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I was confused and searching for something butÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š then basically gave up.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I put my spiritual life on hold.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Another words, I forgot about God and steeped myself in worldliness.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Looking back, I now see how wretched it was.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Anyway, fastforward to finding my husband, falling in love and bonding in true friendship.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š When we decided to have children we briefly discussed what we would do about religion. I realise now that it is very important for spouses to be in alignment on matters of faith.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š It wasn't until my oldest daughter at the age of 4 starting asking me questions about who God is and what happens when we die? that something happened.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I think it was that our Lord had mercy on me...heathen that I was...and opened my heart.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I can't explain what happened...but one night lying in bed...I dared to pray...and tears of remorse and repentence pierced me with excruciating pain.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š How could I have turned away from our Savior??ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š My children (the other one was a tiny baby at the time)ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š deserved to grow up knowing and having the chance to worship in church.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Originally I left the RC church because of certain things (papal infallibility, immaculate conception, stance on original sin, etc) so I was wondering where I would go.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š The Holy Spirit guided me.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š In the span of a week I metÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š 3 different people who all happened to be Orthodox Christians. I had never heard of Orthodoxy.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š With my children, I went to my first Divine Liturgy(at a GOA parish) and that was it...our Lord showed me the One True Church.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Needless to say, there were changes in our lives that my husband suddenly had to cope with...and I must commend him for his patience.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š It is very difficult at times.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š He doesn't like that I have changed and become (in his words "religious").ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š He liked it better when I seemed to be more carefree and breezy.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š He keeps saying that he hopes this is just a phase and we can get back to normal.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š But now IÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š thinkÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š he knows that this is a life change for me.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I try not to mention anything about the church so he won't get upset.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I just want to show him and my family LOVE.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I pray and hope that my faith grows.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I want to be able to put my full trust in God.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I am just a beginner.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š It is still a struggle to always have the rememberance of God during the day and to remember to always give Him thanks.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I don't want to go back to the world...temptations are always there to make me forget Him.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I am reminded of something someone told me once, "The greatest thing the Devil does is to make one believe that God doesn't exist."ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Lord preserve me from forgetting.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š May I always praise You!!ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I apologize for the long post.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I am grateful to have found this forum where I can learn and have support from fellow christians.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š God bless you all and please pray for my family.