I left twncc a mean goodbye message. Not a good way to settle a question. It was so exhausting having to fight through his nonsense that I just gave in. Your offer of friendship comes at a perfect time.
I was baptized Roman Catholic, and in my youth, wandered away into Protestant communities for 20+ years. My search for spiritual authenticity led me to graduate studies at Ashland Theological Seminary. I studied the NT in Greek, which corrected many of my misunderstandings about theology. When I began to study the history of the Christian faith, I discovered the writings of the early fathers, and realized that the Church founded by Christ is, indeed, the Catholic Church. I then began to study with intentionality the faith I never learned as a child. When I came back to the Catholic Church, I was quickly disgusted by many liturgical abuses in the Novus Ordo. I visited an Orthodox Church, then landed in a Byzantine Epharchy, where I fell in love with Divine Liturgy. This particular community is of Ruthenian extraction. I also find I prefer the Eastern practice of leaving certain things (such as Eucharist) as a mystery, rather than attempting to "define" it.