What’s remarkable about Veronica Hughes’ “Pearl” is its quiet candor, where one usually finds a strident and defensive proselytism.
She describes her previous spiritual explorations with even-handed respect, even when she has found a greater fulfillment in Orthodoxy. Especially interesting is the respectful way she describes her previous relationships in New Age organizations in which she was even a pioneer. This readiness to describe while being reluctant to judge seems to be part of an Orthodox perspective.
She does not call names, but describes events, again, in an even-handed and honest way that is rare in accounts of conversion. She thus honors the search that has led her, and may lead others, to Orthodoxy.
And now that she is fully immersed in Orthodoxy, this reader looks forward to her further adventures in its spiritual landscape for, indeed, every Christian must heed Christ’s admonition to seek and to knock so that the truth may answer. For when truth is alive, it does not stand and stagnate. Veronica’s account so far promises a similarly quiet candor as she finds the next steps in her journey.
Indeed, her measured perspective will be especially welcome as she goes more and more deeply into this great tradition.