Hello. I am currently an inquirer in the Indian Orthodox Church. For now, I am slotted to be received into communion with Orthodoxy this Christmas. I hope that this is the customary way of introducing oneself in this forum. I just joined today and saw a few self-introductions here, so I thought I'd write one too.
I've been a Catholic for the last 12 years of my life, and owe a great debt to the Church of Rome. However, in recent years, as I've taken a closer look at the patristic tradition as well as the mess that is church history, I've found it increasingly difficult to accept the claims of the Catholic Church. As it is for many, I think, my contact with Eastern Catholicism became a bridge to Orthodoxy. I feel as though I've been internally Orthodox for at least the past year, if not more--if that makes any sense at all.
At any rate, I'm very happy and excited to have found the BOC/BOF website and this forum. Having just browsed some of the discussion threads, I'm very impressed by the sanity and eirenic spirit here, and look forward to the privileges of my membership.
Your brother in Christ,