20 May 2020

Coming Home

In a way, this is a difficult post to write, but in a much bigger way, it is pure joy!

And really, it would take an hours long conversation with each person individually to explain why Ian and I have made this decision.  Suffice it to say, we feel joy, relief, and hope as we look at the road forward in our faith life, which really means our WHOLE life, because neither of us compartmentalizes our faith.

First, about Orthodoxy:  it is beautiful and true and we love it.  Unity between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches will always be a theme and a goal of ours.  And please, let us remember that the Church didn't divide for more than 1000 years.  Also, let us remember that the gates of hell will not prevail against the True Church.

Sadly, trying to BE Orthodox became for us a trial and a heartache.  This is mainly because we live in an isolated area of a post-Christian country where most people have never heard of Orthodoxy, and where there is very little opportunity to practice it.  Liturgies were far away and infrequent, but still, we have no complaints against the Orthodox Church, the priests, or Orthodox faithful.  We will always have Orthodoxy in our hearts.

Did not our hearts burn within us?

Second, enter the Holy Spirit and some direction:  we went to the local Catholic Church, which is less than five minutes from our house.  Glory to God for all things!  It was such a good decision.  The priest welcomed us warmly and the parishioners were friendly.  We both felt that the Mass = the Liturgy.  We felt at peace, and at home.  We hope there will be many opportunities to serve, in whatever capacity is needed.

A whole world of deeper faith has opened up for us, and we have been living like Catholics for months now.  The Church is receiving us as soon as the lockdown measures are lifted!  We have embraced the doctrine, the devotions, and the popular piety of the Catholic Church, and it is like life has blossomed.

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest!
And in our souls take up Your rest.
Come, and with Your grace and heavenly aid,
To fill the hearts which You have made.

Wishing you all great joy in Christ! 

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