I love my brethren from the Eastern Orthodox Churches. Their liturgy is beautiful. Their focus on Theosis, which Catholics also believe in, is astounding. I appreciate their sacraments, veneration of our Holy Mother Mary, and love of the Fathers of the Church. Most especially, I love the Christocentric nature of the faith, another thing that we have in common. However, some who are neither Catholic nor Orthodox, or some who are not well educated in the faith view the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches as basically the same thing. I think it is matter of ignorance on their account. Personally, although I believe we share a common Apostolic CORE to our faith respective faiths, the East and the West have been growing apart since the days of the Apostles. This, of course culminated in the Schism which divided Christendom into two separate bodies, one being the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church and the other not (I will leave out the discussion about which one is Christ's Church because that is another issue). Even since the schism, we have grown further and further apart with the development the incompatible philosophies of Gregory Palamas and St. Thomas Aquinas. Now, it seems, that even the basic philosophies of our faiths are entirely different. The Catholic Church focuses on the objectivity and know-ability of truth. We believe in a realist philosophy and that the world is rational and through this rational and orderly world, we can know with certainty that their is one, perfect, all power, transcendent and holy God who is the primary cause of all things. The Eastern Orthodox appear to reject these ideas and focus on mystery. While the Catholic Church acknowledges the necessity of an experience of God to grow in holiness, we reject experience as a valid test for truth. From talking on these forums, it appears that experience is the number one indicator of determining the truth of the Christian faith for the the Eastern Orthodox (correct me if I am wrong). While Catholics acknowledge that God is super-rational, we deny that he is irrational. I have heard Eastern Orthodox Christians, on the other hand, state that God is both irrational and rational at the same time. Then of the course, there is the philosophical disagreement in which Catholics believe God is wholly simple and has no parts, where as the Eastern Orthodox see a difference between God's essence and his uncreated energies. Here we are much more in line with western thought and the Eastern Orthodox are more in line with Eastern/Platonic thought. Also, we disagree on issues such as redemption. Catholics believe in both Propitiation and Expiation when it comes to the nature of Christ's death on the Cross. The Eastern Orthodox only believe in Expiation. (As a side note, I think Protestants focus more on Propitiation than expiation). In the final analysis, Catholics favor western thought and Eastern Orthodox Christians favor eastern thought. This is not a critique of either way of thinking, nor is it a critique of either Church. Rather it is just an illustration of how different we have become. Catholicism is a western religion. Eastern Orthodoxy is an eastern religion. Will ever the two meet? Unfortunately, I am pessimistic about any future reunion between the two. That is heartbreaking but it seems to me to be the real state of affairs. Any thoughts?