Mark Fletcher Wrote:Please pray for Mark Fletcher and a friend of mine Marian Munt. We are both enquirers into Orthodoxy and think that we have perhaps found what we are looking for here in the British Orthodox Fellowship and Church. Ask that we may both come to an understanding of the Orthodox faith and find within it a living and loving relationship with God. Thanks.
You are both in my prayers. It is a long, and at times, lonely journey, and I hope that this website and its fellowship will make it less so.
At the moment I am a catechumen, and am learning that Orthodoxy is a life long journey towards theosis, and that its riches are beyond my ability to describe.
There have been moments of sadness, such as my decision that I could not, in all conscience attend my old Anglican Church; I am still fond of it and its people, but the services have not moved me for so long, and I felt I could not keep going. There has also been the sadness of seeing that Orthodoxy is almost as differentiated as Anglicanism, but not at the same deep level, thank goodness; but the ecclesiological divisions are sad enough, and I have found that some Russian Orthodox are rather narrow in their conception of what it means to 'love one another'; still, one will find that almost anywhere.
These all pale into nothingness against the spiritual nourishment of Orthodoxy, and I do feel that the BOC is the best way to Orthodoxy for those of us who do not want to get involved in the exoticism of being 'Russian' or 'Greek'. The Copts have been wonderfully eirenic and generous - they do not act like that steward who buried his talent so that he could return it to his master intact.
I hope you will feel able to post here on anything you want to; it would be good to get some discussions going.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)