Restoration

Restoration

September 2005

Witness to Joy — In this month's Restoration we look at the life and legacy of Archbishop Joseph Raya, who passed away on June 10, 2005. The front page article, entitled “Witness to Joy,” was a reprint of the memorial biography which first appeared here on our web...

Combermere Diary (September 2005) — by Paulette Curran. “If we ever want to start a business and earn some money,” one of our priests once quipped, “we could hire ourselves out to put on celebrations.” Yes. Both Catherine Doherty and Archbishop Raya really taught us...

Walking on Holy Ground — by Miriam Stulberg. As this article shows, the road to unity between East and West is not without cost. In December 1969, when I first met Archbishop Raya, I was a working guest at Madonna House, preparing for baptism. With...

Milestones (September 2005) — Recent Assignments: Fr. Tom Talentino, Fr. Bob Wild, Jeanne Guillemette, Jo-Ann Treige, Combermere; Emmanuella Kim, St. Joseph’s House Combermere; Lisa Coxe, Washington D.C.. New Associate Priest: Fr. Steve Balasbas. Recent Death: Irene De Roche’s mother, Rosaline....

Freedom! Ah, Freedom! — by John Romanosky. “God is so merciful!” Archbishop Raya exclaimed beaming, arms extended wide, ringing the bells in the sleeves of his vestment. “He is so merciful! He brings all souls to heaven! All souls! Against their free will? Against...

A Cry for Justice — by Theresa Davis (former director of MH Israel). Peace and love have always been the fire in Archbishop Raya’s heart. When he was bishop in Israel, the incarnation of this burning desire inflamed the hearts of Christians, Jews, and Muslims...

Know Your Dignity — by Cheryl Ann Smith. When I was an applicant, unsure of myself and my place in Madonna House, I had an extraordinary dream. The setting was a lavish banquet hall, filled with tables exquisitely laid with white linen cloths, crystal,...

A Sign From the East — by Catherine Doherty (1968). There are moments in human lives that are truly inexpressible—moments when one gropes for words that all shrink into nothingness before the happenings or thoughts that occur in this once-in-a-lifetime business. Some ten years ago (in...

A Prophet in Action — by Fr. John Catoir (1969). Having just returned from a visit to Israel, I thought I might report some of my impressions. In a land so permeated with a sense of the holy, it is a sad fact that hatred...

Paths to Unity — by Pope John Paul II. I believe that one important way to grow in mutual understanding and unity consists precisely in improving our knowledge of one another....

Exploding Into Joy — by Archbishop Joseph Raya. Imagine this article being proclaimed in a loud, passionate voice by a man exuding dignity and life. In both content and flavor, it is typical of the homilies at Archbishop Raya’s Byzantine liturgies. The ultimate purpose...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2005) — This summer our celebrations have been more than usual, but whether we are in the midst of celebrations or living our ordinary lives, a grace-filled undercurrent carried us through full days of ordinary little things done with great love....

Books by Archbishop Raya — Archbishop Joseph Raya was considered one of the world’s foremost writers on the rich spirituality of Byzantine Christianity. Here, we would like to introduce you to some of his acclaimed works which are in print and available from Madonna House...

 

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