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Introduction
22-02-2010, 06:30 PM
Post: #17
 
Dear Mike,

I hesitate to add to Simon's reply. However, I am delighted that you found it helpful.

Like Simon, I find it virtually impossible to put into words exactly what I feel on such a subject as religious life. I see you have moved from one Church to another, and so have I - perhaps ironically I have moved from Rome to Orthodoxy! Thus you have already met the difficulties of a transition.

After a lifetime with Rome (I am 66) including studying for ordination and a period in monastic life, I had such real difficulties with the Church in terms of the direction it appears to be taking on several issues. Suffice to say, without enumerating them, that this was placing me under pressure to do something about it. I examined many options, but finally found Orthodoxy. I have found my 'pearl of great price' that gives me unfathomable joy. I still have immense respect and love for Rome, but I now have a 'degree of comfort' that I did not experience before.

I am also able to place my Church alongside others in another way. My wife remains a Roman Catholic, together with my eldest daughter. My youngest has been Evangelical for many years, having studied she now conducts services in her church. None of this causes us any conflict or friction. We maintain respect for each others tradition, and are if anything closer than ever through Jesus.

I am delighted that you have found such joy with Rome. Clearly God has offered us a variety of pathways which conform to Jesus' message and are all within the ambit of His Church. I suspect we cannot understand this, but maybe we need to accept it in Faith. There appears to be scope for movement between Churches without losing our closeness to, and love for, Jesus. I too felt for many years the 'one true Church' approach had to be right. The passage of years has perhaps softened this within me. My attitude towards Rome, and the broad family of Orthodox is now one of great reverence and respect, even though I am now confirmed in my Orthodoxy. Daily I pray for not only my British/Coptic Church, but for all the Orthodox Churches and the Church of Rome.

You have my love and respect. You are my Brother in Christ. I am certain that God is pouring out His Blessings upon you. I shall include you in my prayers.

With love and prayers,
Antony-Paul
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Messages In This Thread
Introduction - neil boorman - 01-02-2010, 08:05 AM
[] - Simon - 01-02-2010, 08:45 AM
[] - Simon - 01-02-2010, 10:48 AM
[] - neil boorman - 01-02-2010, 07:26 PM
[] - DanielM - 10-02-2010, 08:01 AM
[] - neil boorman - 11-02-2010, 07:57 AM
[] - Antony-Paul - 11-02-2010, 05:22 PM
john - mongan9 - 12-02-2010, 06:40 PM
[] - Simon - 12-02-2010, 09:16 PM
[] - mikethelionheart - 20-02-2010, 11:28 AM
[] - Simon - 20-02-2010, 09:26 PM
[] - mikethelionheart - 20-02-2010, 09:45 PM
[] - Simon - 20-02-2010, 10:18 PM
[] - mikethelionheart - 20-02-2010, 11:02 PM
[] - Simon - 21-02-2010, 09:08 PM
[] - mikethelionheart - 21-02-2010, 09:58 PM
[] - Antony-Paul - 22-02-2010 06:30 PM
[] - Antony-Paul - 23-02-2010, 03:08 PM
[] - donald wilson - 04-03-2010, 05:16 PM
[] - Antony-Paul - 04-03-2010, 05:40 PM
[] - John Charmley - 03-04-2010, 04:14 PM



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