Much like you have introverts and extroverts, a friend of mine once theorized that there were Purple People and White People; that is, tipping his hat to the colors of the liturgical seasons, there were Lenten Christians and Paschal Christians.
Some folks really, really get into LENT. As a layman, I was one of those: I was Purple.
My sojourn as a Purple Person continued for about the first 10 years of my priesthood.
I have come to the conclusion, only realizing it during this Lent, that I’m not so much purple any more as I am, or am hoping to be, WHITE.
What caused this change?
Honestly, I think it dawned on me after receiving a few emails from some seriously Purple People over the past few weeks.
One complained of a perfectly good fasting recipe I’d posted on my blog; another one accused me of irreverence in [seemingly] making light of spiritual matters; one even chastised me for posting the traditional rules of the Fast because, as this person said, no one follows those anymore!
It just goes to prove the old adage, “You can’t please all of the people, all of the time – especially if they’re Orthodox!”
Not wishing to embarrass anyone, I have refashioned individual emails into one letter …
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