As of today I am an official catechumen in the Orthodox church! Yesterday at catechism class Father was answering someone's question and mentioned something about an "official" catechumen. Of course, my first question was "what makes it official?". I thought that if you just came to catechism class you were automatically a catechumen. He explained the process, which is really pretty simple, and then said I could do it whenever I was ready. I think he was surprised that I immediately said "I'm ready"!
So this morning at the end of Divine Liturgy, Father and I stood at the back of the church (the entrance) and he prayed a brief prayer from the service book. I couldn't repeat any of it now but it was so personal and so moving that I almost cried. I've spent the last year trying to figure out where I belonged. No, that's wrong....I've spent the last 50 years trying to figure out where I belong.
There is such wonderful peace in knowing that I am finally home!