Magazine article New Oxford Review

Drawn from Shadows into Truth: A Memoir

Magazine article New Oxford Review

Drawn from Shadows into Truth: A Memoir

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Drawn from Shadows into Truth: A Memoir. By Ray Ryland. Emmaus Road Publishing. 256pages. $15.95.

Naval officer, Disciples of Christ minister, Episcopal minister, lawyer, teacher, husband, father of five, and Catholic priest: All of these titles and roles were, at one time or another, defining aspects of Ray Ryland's life. Today, with over two dozen grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Fr. Ryland lives with his wife, Ruth, in Steubenville, Ohio, where he continues to mentor and serve as chaplain and board member of Catholics United for the Faith and the Coming Home Network International.

His journey to Catholicism is not unique, but it is not a welltraveled road either. Not everyone who comes to recognize the Catholic Church as the one true Church has the courage to join, much less become an ordained priest. In the case of someone who spent years studying for Protestant ministry, the prospect of change can be particularly perilous because it can mean the loss of family and friends. (We Catholics often underestimate the hostility some denominations feel toward Rome.) There is also the loss of economic security. Several children to feed and a rapidly diminishing income become a formidable obstacle, or at least a reason to pause. But some, like the editor emeritus of this magazine, do take the step, and Fr. Ryland offers insight into how and why they do.

It isn't as though every question or doubt is resolved before submission to Rome. That would be too easy. But somehow - and this is the miracle of faith - converts of all types find the critical key that helps them unlock the door to the Church. …

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