Into Orthodoxy

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“I became Orthodox because…”

How would you finish that thought? That is the challenge of this new blog series titled, “Into Orthodoxy.” Many come to the Orthodox Church from other traditions. This series asks, “Why?” Several guest authors have agreed to answer that question in about 500 words. Authors include poets and priests, scientists and broadcasters. Some have been Orthodox for many years; others are just beginning their journey. So starting April 1, look for posts from guest authors, including…

Why 500 words? Because truth reveals itself in brevity. The greater the word-count, the greater potential to obfuscate, not necessarily to others, but (most importantly) to ourselves. Lent is a time of self-reflection. It demands we take a long, hard look at ourselves, and that we be compassionate towards others. That means we have to listen to each other and learn from each other. We need to tell stories and hear stories, and we need to embrace each other in our differences, especially during Lent. Listening becomes a means of grace, a path toward theosis, because God is love. So when we embrace others in love, we embrace God.

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