I was actually thinking this morning of writing a post which I’ve been pondering for a while, distilling some ideas into coherent statements. I was asked years ago to write about how I had come to Orthodoxy and never did. Plus, I’ve been thinking more deeply lately about the vast gulf between Orthodoxy and Catholicism* (my background is Roman Catholicism). I’ve been hesitant because there’s always the potential for such a post to turn polemical, but at the same time wishing to share with the goal of possibly helping others find the Church. In my reading this morning I came across this:
Our starting point is always wrong. Instead of beginning with ourselves, we always want to change others first and ourselves last. If everyone were to begin first with themselves, then there would be peace all around!
-Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives, Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica, p. 64
So maybe this is the post that doesn’t get written. I’m not espousing relativism or ecumenism, hardly! But I’m not a spiritual father or theologian, and there’s always the danger of doing more harm than good.
I’ll limit it to this: if you’ve never been to an Orthodox service, go! Go and see! And if you do, consider coming back here and letting me know.