I am a RC who has just recently begun experiencing Eastern spirituality. I didn’t even know about the various Eastern Catholic Churches until several years ago I have been taking my family once in awhile to a Ruthenian Byzantine parish a couple hours north of where we are but I’m encountering a dilemma. I absolutely love the parish. The Divine Liturgy is beautiful and reverent, the community is top notch (everyone is so welcoming every time we attend). There are kids around my children’s age which makes it even more desirable to integrate my family into the community so we can start having some stability in our spiritual/communal life. For reasons I won’t go into here (as every time I speak of it I get flagged by moderators) my family is in a position that we can no longer, in good faith, attend novus ordo parishes for Mass. They are just unacceptable and I will leave it at that. I am responding openly and very well to the Divine Liturgy but my wife struggles. She feels it is too “protestant” because of how the East does things differently.
Not that long ago we had discovered the Latin Mass and also spend time commuting close to two hours south in order to attend a High Mass offered by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. I have tried speaking with her on a point-by-point basis for her concerns she has (she think’s it’s irreverent that EC’s don’t genuflect at all during the Liturgy, she doesn’t like how “wild” the Liturgy is with people just coming and going as they please, children doing what they want, etc.) Most of her grievances come from the fact that we are both ignorant on Eastern Catholicism. I’ve done some reading, I’ve spoken with fellow parishioners there who are or were Roman Catholics but haven’t really gotten much advise. I tried emailing the priest but he recently got moved to another parish and I’m waiting for the new priest to get settled in before I start bombarding him with requests for counsel lol.
Anyone here been in a similar position? How would you suggest I guide my wife into being more open to the wealth of beauty that stems from the Divine Liturgy?