Saturday, December 12, 2015
Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Bear loved Orthodoxy, although do not imagine it is without its problems. He was a Russian Orthodox, or, technically the Orthodox Church in America ("in" not "of") granted autocephalous status by Moscow. It was definitely not catholic, and, in fact, felt like an ethnic club.
Even so, the liturgy was beautiful, the discipline clear and challenging, and it kept the ancient faith. When the Bear left Orthodoxy, it was with a heavy heart, because he knew what he was giving up compared to what he was entering. That has certainly been proved right.
On the surface, it looks like a bad bargain. Yet the Catholic Church has one thing the Orthodox church doesn't: The Catholic Church. In good times and bad, the Bear knows that is where he belongs, and that is where he will stay.
It was the right move, and he'll never forget returning. He did not know what day it was, and only found out later. He likes to see Our Lady's hand gently guiding a Bear back to his home.
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