"My sermons changed from focusing on externals and the immorality of “others,” to focusing on the inner self, spiritual transformation and humility. I was no longer energized by judging others by outward appearance, but seeing my own sins."
"I had come to believe once more, as I had as a small child, that God is love. And I had friends in heaven....The lives of the Saints show us, not how to avoid suffering, but how to continue loving God and neighbor as we suffer. I understand now that the church is a hospital...."
"This was my basic routine – a roller coaster spiritual search, which had some highs and many lows, that basically led me to give up searching…until I discovered the Orthodox Church."
"I tried music, I tried substances, I tried various and sundry methods of “spirituality”. I have been a Sufi, a Buddhist, and an Animist. I have studied the Zohar and the Tao Te Jing. I did Yoga. I meditated....But, the lack of Christianity in my life in any organized sense, left a vacuum in my soul...."