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.
Autumn is the season when our farmers and gardeners (with some help from the rest of us) gather in the fruits of months of care and hard work. This harvest will provide much of our food throughout the year.
by Catherine Doherty.
A priest is a lover of God,
a priest is a lover of men,
a priest is a holy man
because he walks before the face of the All-Holy.
A priest understands all things,
a priest forgives all things,
a priest encompasses all things.
The heart of a priest is pierced, like Christ’s,
with the lance of love.
The heart of a priest is open, like Christ’s,
for the whole world to walk through.
The heart of a priest is a vessel of compassion,
the heart of a priest is a chalice of love,
the heart of a priest is the trysting place
of human and divine love.
A priest is a man whose goal is to be another Christ;
a priest is a man who lives to serve.
A priest is a man who has crucified himself
so that he too may be lifted up
and draw all things to Christ.
A priest is a man in love with God.
A priest is the gift of God to man
and of man to God.
A priest is the symbol of the Word made flesh,
a priest is the naked sword of God’s justice,
a priest is the hand of God’s mercy,
a priest is the reflection of God’s love.
Nothing can be greater in this world than a priest,
nothing but God himself.
by Catherine Doherty.
I remember one time a priest arrived here at Madonna House, and he was very drunk.
by Pope Francis.
I ask the Lord Jesus to enable many young people to discover that burning zeal which joy kindles in our hearts as soon as we have the stroke of boldness needed to respond willingly to his call.
Assignments: Diana Breeze, Combermere; Beth Holmes, Washington D.C.
Anniversary: Fr. Gerhard Wallner’s 25th anniversary of priesthood.
Death: Marilyn Grant’s mother, Hyla.
by Cheryl Ann Smith.
When I return from the directors’ meetings, we always take the notes from those meetings into a little retreat. This year the discussions and soul searching have continued beyond those three days.
by Maureen Denis.
This past month has been overflowing with major events impacting our lives.
by Kathy McVady.
Last spring, Mary Ellen Kocunik, assisted by our gracious volunteer, Julie Lynch, worked with our neighbor, Vicki Gonzales, to organize the First Communion celebrations at both parishes in town.
by Fr. Pat McNulty.
Here’s a thought for September 14th, the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.
by Paulette Curran.
What to say? Where to begin? The main events of the time-frame this column is covering were so rich, so filled with graces and beauty and joy: Pentecost; the feast of Our Lady of Combermere, Promises, the ordination of one of our laymen to the priesthood, his first Mass, Corpus Christi.
by Peter Gravelle.
Before making his final promises on June 8, 1997, Peter wrote this letter to his extended family and friends explaining to them the step he was about to make.
In a couple of months, God willing, I’ll be making my final promises. When I do this, I will utter these words: For the glory of God and because I desire with my whole heart to respond to the call of Jesus Christ …
by Mark Schlingerman, director general of MH laymen.
I was young once, and now I am old, and I have never seen the righteous forsaken…. They are guarded forever. (Ps 36:25, 28)
Now that I am becoming old, I find myself reflecting on the time years ago when I cast my lot with Madonna House and formally consecrated my life to God. And I consider how the Lord has guarded my vocation.
by Tom White.
God is Beauty, Truth, and Goodness. In part 1, I talked about beauty. This time, I will talk about goodness.
How little God’s goodness is known and appreciated in the world today! How ashamed I feel when I think of how little I have thanked him for his many gifts to me and how often I have blamed him for the troubles I brought on myself by my own sin and folly!
by Fr. Scott Whittemore, associate priest of MH.
"Have you given your life to Christ? It is a real adventure!"
Those are the words I needed to hear at that time of my life, at that moment when they were directed to me.
I was 35 and had been living a rather adventurous life for the previous 15 or so years.
by Fr. David May.
We have a new priest in our community! Ordained by our bishop, Most Rev. Michael Mulhall, Michael Richard Weitl became a priest of God on June 21 at about midday.
by Catherine Doherty.
The year was 1951. In North America the future seemed bright and the Church in very good shape; vocations to the priesthood were more than plentiful.
In that year, Father Rawley Myers, a diocesan priest and director of vocations, edited a book entitled, The Greatest Calling: A Presentation of the Priesthood by Famous Catholics. The book was 183 pages of North American witness in answer to the question, "What is the priesthood?"