Thanks for the responses so far. I guess I should make my situation a bit more clear. I love the Orthodox Church. I certainly would choose an Orthodox parish over any other were a thriving one nearby. I have recently relocated to an area where Orthodox services are few and far between, not to mention 1.5 hours away by car. However, there is an active little Catholic parish within minutes from my new place. Now, when it comes right down to it, I became Orthodox because I believe it represents the fullness of the Christian faith, and because there is a tried and true contemplative practice (Hesychasm; The Jesus Prayer), among other things. However, I have never been a strict exclusivist. I am not an anti-papist or anything, I have always considered Catholic sacraments to be entirely valid, and I have read and been inspired by many Catholic writers and saints: (Thomas a Kempis, St. Therese of Lisieux, Thomas Merton, etc). I guess I see it like this… When I don’t attend church regularly, I tend to backslide. If I attend an Orthodox service once a month, I fear I may just attend sporadically or stop going altogether eventually. I have no family or friends who are Orthodox (let alone Christian). So I wonder if I would be better off attending a nearby Catholic parish, where mass is served sometimes 3 or 4 times per week, and where I could worship and communicate with like-minded people? I have moved so many times over the last 20 years, mostly for work, and my wife finally has a decent contract, and my prospects are very much improved. I don’t want to leave where I am. But I DO want to get closer and closer to God.
Any thoughts from Catholics or Orthodox Christians here? Can anyone relate to my circumstances? Has anyone else here converted for practical (rather than theological) reasons? Are these bad reasons to convert? Any and all suggestion or insights appreciated.