Found you through Mike Liccione’s blog–like Rusty, I too considered Orthodoxy before deciding upon Catholicism, though I never went as far as to become a catechumen. I’ll be following your journey with great interest.
Good luck on the journey–I hope that you find the traveling congenial, wherever you end up. Those of us who share an interest in both East and West will, I hope, do what we can to make the whole experience a positive one.
By translating (in Catholicism one “translates” to or from Orthodoxy, one does not “convert” as we are both Apostolic churches with valid orders and sacraments) from the Orthodox Church do you mean entering an Eastern Church in communion with Rome or entering the Latin Church itself?
Thanks, all, for your kind words. I’m a bit shocked, as I didn’t think that folks would find the blog so soon! 🙂
Michael L., I would be honored for you to add my blog to your links!
Conor, I very much like your distinction between “translation” and “conversion”. I will try to use it consistently in the future! As to whether I would enter an Eastern Catholic Church or the Latin Church, I believe there are some canonical issues there. I intend to address these issues and solicit some feedback soon.
Welcome to blogging. You may find mine including this entry of some interest. Long story short the Eastern churches are great and in an academic spirit I question the modern claims about the Pope but love traditional Western Catholicism.
May the Lord our God bless you on your journey.
Though I am puzzled as to why you feel inclined to journey in this particular direction I don’t understand (mine has been the opposite: from Protestant > to RCC > to Orthodoxy), but I am intrigued and would like to thank you for giving us an insight into your very soul as you make and effort (as we all must) to follow Christ our God.
O Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, thou didst promise to abide with us always. Thou dost call all Christians to draw near and partake of Thy Body and Blood. But our sin has divided us and we have no power to partake of Thy Holy Eucharist together. We confess this our sin and we pray Thee, forgive us and help us to serve the ways of reconciliation, according to Thy Will. Kindle our hearts with the fire of the Holy Spirit. Give us the spirit of Wisdom and faith, of daring and of patience, of humility and firmness, of love and of repentance, through the prayers of the most blessed Mother of God and of all the saints. Amen. – Fr Sergius Bulgakov