Written by Madonna House staff, Restoration is an essential part of our witness to the Gospel. Here we share our personal stories and reflections on the Gospel challenges of today, along with writings from Catherine Doherty and the Catholic Church.
When we are dodging bleak winds on cold November days at Madonna House, the Lord gives us the gift of perseverance. Catherine Doherty wrote that perseverance in our daily life is like saying to God, "Lord, I throw my life at your feet, and sing and sing that I bring you such a little thing."
by Catherine Doherty.
Sometimes the ways of the Lord are strange—strange to every one of us. We are offered the opportunity to preach the Gospel without compromise quietly, hiddenly, unobtrusively, every moment of our lives. Why don’t we catch these moments? Why do we let them go by?
New Applicants: Mark Olszewski, Donald Young, Nadine Bruneau, Mary Frances Henderson.
Assignments: Fr. Michael Weitl, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pembroke, Ontario; Zena Hitz, Roanoke.
by Paulette Curran.
Have you ever turned the crank to make ice cream? Have you ever carded or felted wool? Have you ever made butter? Have you ever helped make rope by hand? Have you ever tried wood-carving?
by Kathy McVady.
During my vacation last fall, I had the opportunity to visit Kartchner Caverns in southern Arizona. It was a fascinating introduction to a living cave: one that is still in formation.
by Frank Brick.
When Pascal Richard, my fellow Madonna House applicant, suggested that we go to the Assembly building, the Parliament of the Province of Quebec, I was not very interested.
Samuel David Bemis (Born and Died March 28, 2014)
by his Grandma, Posie McPhee Douthwright.
Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works. (Ps 139: 13-14)
What a precious gift our family has been given! Samuel entered our lives here on earth for a time, to help us all learn a little more about the gift of life and the mystery of death.
by Patrick Stewart.
Love your neighbor as yourself. This is at the heart of Christianity, and it is a huge challenge. Often it is a challenge to even know how to begin. Often it is oh-so-tempting to give up, to stop trying. Here are two stories of the author’s struggles to love two very different people.
by Catherine Doherty.
I would like to talk about failure. In this strange world of North America, in Canada and the U.S.A., failure is seen as the end of the road. That’s a strange thing, isn’t it, for Christians.
by Fr. Pat McNulty.
Did you know that those November feasts—All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and Christ the King—present a single vision? Read on.
by Pope Francis.
The Feast of All Saints reminds us that the goal of our existence is not death; it is Paradise!
In October, the trees fill our land with color—the reds of maples, the bronze of oaks, and the clear yellows of birches. Busloads of tourists come to view them. Then the winds bring the leaves down in showers, and they cushion the earth helping to insulate it during the cold winter months.
by Peter Gravelle.
For a good number of years now, I have been hearing the term, "the garden enclosed," and I have learned that it means "the place in your heart where you meet God." I never liked the term.