Once again I would like to thank you all for your prayers and best wishes. They helped in bringing me back home. I will be mostly lurking since I tire very easily. It's 11:45 PM and I'm wide awake but too tired to type about my ordeal (I'm a two finger typist). So I'm just going to copy and paste my response in the Catholic Answers site to those who also prayed and sent their best). If it doesn't make sense then go to the website and read the folder entitled 'Orthodoc'. It's good to be home and wonderful to be alive! God has been good to me. And I can't wait to be back in church.
Thanks for a much needed laugh! I would probably have given them to the wonderful Roman Catholic nun who came in to meet two of my room mates. When she asked both of them if they were Catholic they both said yes but haven't been inside a Roman Catholic church in years and had no intention of doing so. I really felt sorry for her.
Though we have many within the Orthodox Catholic Church with the same history, I don't think they would have been as rude to her as her own. I felt sorry for her. She just replied - "If you need anything contact me." And then she left.
Too many here see me as violently anti papal Catholic. This comes from my defense of Holy Orthodoxy where I tell it like it is (or I see it). I'm not one to mince words.
Not too many see the other side of me. Or, with the exception of StMark, who is also a member of the same parish I go to, know that one of my best friends was a Roman Catholic (and proud of that title) nun who was also a Mother Superior. Her order ran an outreach for troubled teenage girls until the Cardinal shut it down and took the land off them & sold it.
In fact, we brought the property our Church & rectory from her order. From the time the Church was built (30 years ago) Sister Holy Spirit hardly ever missed Wednesday night Akfist followed by Bible Study, Saturday night Vespers, and every Sunday she would come in to pick up the Church bulletin and venerate the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God in our Chapel on her way to Mass. When she got sick she was anointed with the Holy Oil from the skull of St Panteleimon which brought her into remission for a year. It was in her medical records that she was anointed by an Orthodox Catholic priest. In fact, both StMark & I sang the responses during the anointing service.
When she died I had a 40th day Memorial service for her and invited her entire Order of nuns. I had it catered and presented the surviving nuns with a copy of the Vladimir Icon she loved so much for their Chapel.
With the help of StMark we had a program made up explaining the entire service and the meaning of the boiled wheat (Koliva (Greek), Gruel (Albanian), or Kutya (Russian). A copy of which was sent to the Mother House in Rome at their request.
That's the other side of me. I'm not anti papal Catholic. just fiercely & devoutly Orthodox Catholic. And defend this wonderful faith I love so much in the only way I know. And that's without mincing words. Ican't wait to get back to Church.
I had two blocked arteries (the right was totally blocked and the left was 95% blocked) and a blood clot floating in my heart when they went in at the ER. In the first procedure I had a stent put in the right artery & the blood clot removed. In the second procedure (five days later) I had a stent put in the left artery.
Between both procedures I was anointed with the Holy Myrrh from the skull of St Panteleimon (which our parish is fortunate to have) and the Holy Myrrh currently streaming from the Icon of St Anne here in Philly.
And I thank God from the bottom of my heart for being here.
Irish melkite thank you for your kind words and you have my permissiom to post this in the Byzantine (Catholic) Forum if you deem it necessary. Or anywhere else for that matter.
Thank you for your prayers and concern.
P.S. Try telling an old Russian Orthodox priest from the 'old country' that ROBERT is a saints name! The day my mother took me to be baptised Robert another lady wanted her son baptised Douglas Lindsay! My mother loved telling the story that the priest looked at the lady, shook his head, and said in his broken English -"so ven you vant him to come vat you gonna say? Here doggie, here doggie?" The next Sunday the sermon was about people naming their kids after dogs!
My Christian name, and the name I take Communion under is Gregory (my fathers name & baptismal name).
Thanks once again.