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.

Posted July 24, 2014 in My Dear Family:
Shopkeeping for God

by Catherine Doherty.

Our gift shop is not only a vehicle for raising money for the poor, but it is also an apostolate in itself through our contacts with those who come as customers.

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Posted July 22, 2014 in Things New and Old:
St. John Paul II: The Father of My Priesthood

by Fr. David May.

Several seminarians recently spent a week here on retreat. Three of them were to be ordained within the next week or two. They spoke about the combination of fear and joy they were experiencing, along with a great sense of expectation.

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Posted July 16, 2014:
Stories from the Gift Shop

by Toni Austin.

Toni has been working in the gift shop for eighteen years, and she has lots of stories. Here are just a few of them.

One day a big, burly man entered the shop. His shirt was open, and he was sporting several earrings and some large tattoos. When he walked towards the jewelry counter where I was standing, I didn’t know what to expect.

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Posted July 10, 2014:
Food for the Soul

Catherine Doherty saw that the missionaries who were pouring out their lives for their people needed themselves to be fed spiritually. So some time in the mid-1970s, she decided to use some of the proceeds from the shop to send them Madonna House books and Restoration. Here are some excerpts from their thank you letters.

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Posted July 08, 2014:
How Donations Come

For fifty years, your generous gifts have kept the shelves of Madonna House Gift Shop filled. Most of the time, we don’t know the story behind these gifts. Every once in a while, however, we find a letter tucked in a box. Here are just a few excerpts.

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Posted July 02, 2014:
A Sacred Trust

by Linda Lambeth, first "Shopkeeper for God".

For as long as I knew Catherine Doherty, a burning question was on her heart, a burning fire was consuming her. And this fire had been burning in her since long before that.

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