I am a “re-vert” to the Orthodox Catholic Church and a member of a parish of the Orthodox Church of America. I am a layman and speak only for myself. I have no special wisdom, as is quite evident. I am unable to offer any counsel to inquirers. I suggest speaking to a priest or someone otherwise qualified for advice.
I’ve loved Orthodoxy enough to have joined it twice. (I left it for nearly 10 years.) Having said that, I’ll be the first to admit that Orthodoxy in the trenches is far from perfect and we have our own problems too. I’m not trashing the Church I believe in at all, for I believe what Orthodoxy teaches with all my heart….and that is what eventually drew me back to her. Right doctrine does not eclipse sin in its members nor does it prevent a type of triumphalism that sometimes arises among some of its members that fails to see that ‘the Spirit blows where He wills’ outside the visible confines of the Church. One quote from Orthodox spirituality that I would emphasize is this from St. Seraphim of Sarov: “Acquire a peaceful spirit, and around you thousands will be saved.” In Orthodoxy, doctrine is important. But, the interior transformation is just as important — perhaps even more important — and more challenging.
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