“Emerging into Orthodoxy” at Patheos

Every once in a while, I get an email from someone asking, “WHEN are you going to get some Orthodox blogging going?”

Well…finally, we begin with “Emerging into Orthodoxy!”

Blogger Drew Tatusko writes:

I was baptized Catholic. I went to seminary to become a Presbyterian pastor. On June 3, 2012 I became Eastern Orthodox. This blog is about my journey and practice of this new way of life with God and a new community. Join me in the journey!

Tatusko is a fellow-Lyme’s-endurer, and he uses his experience with dis-ease to good spiritual effect, here:

In Orthodoxy sin itself is something of a disease or sickness from which we need healing. Sin in its various forms is the source of our alienation from God the source of life. Any sickness at all is not part of God’s image in us. Through our prayers and through our participation in the Liturgy we find that source of healing. The closer we come to God, the more healing we find. It’s no wonder the Eucharist is central. It is the act of bringing the body and blood of Christ into one’s self.

Sin is a chronic illness that has acute symptoms that pop up here and there. The result of sin going untreated is death. However, finding spiritual healing through the mysteries (sacraments) of the church results in life. To know that God wants nothing more than to heal us from our spiritual sickness isn’t just a comfort to me, but a knowledge that is healing in itself.

Since I am fascinated by Orthodoxy, I’m really looking forward to seeing more Orthodox writers joining in. And yes, I know Orthodoxy gets complicated, and yes, there are lots of avenues within the Eastern Rites, which can sometimes be confusing. Still, the crux of Orthodoxy — the beauty of the liturgies, the intensity of the observance, the Icons (oh, the Icons!), the deep wisdom on prayer, the reverence that can sometimes feel absent from Western worship…you know Emerging into Orthodoxy will be joining my other bookmarked sites!

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