A Sorrowful Joy

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Paulist Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 60 pages
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Albert Raboteau tells the remarkable story of his own spiritual journey--one marked by sorrow and joy, by conversion and reconciliation. He tells of the murder of his father before he was born, being raised in a devout Roman Catholic African-American family, his education, marriage and career crises, and rebuilding his life following a conversion to Orthodox Christianity, becoming a religion scholar at Princeton.

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The spiritual autobiography of an African-American professor, detailing his life from his birth after his father was murdered, through his baptism into Catholicism, his spiritual falling away, and then his chrismation into Orthodoxy. Beautifully written and very touching. Read full review

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Page 2 - So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Page 7 - How can the invisible be depicted? How does one picture the inconceivable? How can one draw what is limitless, immeasurable, infinite? How can a form be given to the formless? How does one paint the bodiless? How can you describe what is a mystery?
Page 7 - When He Who is bodiless and without form, immeasurable in the boundlessness of His own nature, existing in the form of God, empties Himself and takes the form of a servant in substance and in stature and is found in a body of flesh then you may draw His image and show it to anyone willing to gaze upon it...
Page 3 - He bestowed a grace which other creatures lacked — namely, the impress of His own Image, a share in the reasonable being of the very Word Himself, so that, reflecting Him and themselves becoming reasonable and expressing the Mind of God even as He does, though in limited degree, they might continue for ever in the blessed and only true life of the saints in paradise.
Page 7 - It is obvious that when you contemplate God becoming man then you may depict Him clothed in human form. When the invisible One becomes visible to flesh, you may then draw His likeness. When He who is bodiless and without form, immeasurable in the boundlessness of His own nature existing in the form of God, empties himself and takes the form of a servant in...
Page 7 - John of Damascus (First Apology Against Those Who Attack the Divine Images, 8).
Page 11 - Harold M. Wit Lectures on Living a Spiritual Life in the Contemporary Age.

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Albert J. Raboteau is the Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion at Princeton University.

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