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.
February 2 is the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. The gospel passage describing the event ends with the words, When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth (Lk 2:39).
February 2 is also the World Day of Consecrated Life. In our particular form of commitment, Nazareth is the model and spiritual home. Like the Holy Family, Madonna House embraces a life of simplicity, an ordinary life filled with many little jobs to be done with great love for God and neighbor.
Deacon David Cavalier, Associate deacon of MH.
Four months ago, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, cancer of the blood plasma.
My life, as I once lived it, changed radically. It changed from a time when I thought I had everything under control to a time of losing that control or, better still, of relinquishing it to a stronger, more powerful Person.
by Fr. Bob Wild.
I have been going slowly, in prayer and reflection, through the prophet Isaiah. The other day I came across a passage which spoke powerfully to me about hope and what hope really is.
by Catherine Doherty.
No matter how much the men and women in office seem to wreck their part of the Church’s fabric by their humanness—weakness, sinfulness and unpleasant personality traits—it does not happen.
by Paulette Curran.
Writing this column for the February issue of our newspaper feels a bit strange. Why? Well, due to the time requirements of layout, printing, mailing etc., I am writing it well ahead of time, about a timeframe whose main events were Advent and Christmas preparations and celebrations. At least this year, Easter is late, and this is not a Lenten issue.
by Pope Francis.
The Second Vatican Council has defined the Church, as "the People of God."
by Patricia Lawton.
A few months ago Fr. Ron Cafeo (an MH priest from Combermere) and Echo Lewis (of MH Raleigh) joined us to give a Marian-centered retreat to Our Lady of Nazareth parish as part of its 100th anniversary celebration.
by Cheryl Ann Smith.
The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit (Jn 3:8).
As I reflect on the 3½ years I’ve been in England, this is the quote that resounds in my heart. The Spirit has moved in so many surprising ways that we’ve had to learn to just follow and be amazed.
by Kathy Skipper, longtime friend of MH.
Dark, dark, large, beautiful eyes. What do they see? Despair? Poverty? Misery? Joy? Love?
What do these eyes see? Do they see what I see?
by Mary Speicher.
I love the Catholic Church. I love the Catholic Church, and every day I’m more and more grateful for my Catholic faith. It has given me my greatest treasure, which is Christ.
In a magazine article I read, Pope Francis is quoted as saying that it is the Church that brings Christ to us and us to Christ. So how has the Church brought me to Christ?
by Sushi Horwitz.
I have received a priceless gift—that of meeting Pope Emeritus Benedict. I did not go to Rome, nor did I meet him face to face. I met him in a way that can be deeper than a face to face encounter. I met him through his writings.
This encounter has given me new life and new hope. It has answered questions, taken away doubts, and deepened my faith.
by Fr. David May.
Did you know that each year, on February 2, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple?
In the Roman Catholic tradition, it is a day to celebrate Christ the light, the revelation of truth to the Gentiles, and the glory of his people, Israel. Since it is the day when candles are traditionally blessed, it is sometimes called Candlemas Day.
by Michael Fagan.
When I worked in London, many years ago, I would regularly visit Speakers’ Corner at Hyde Park. This is a place where individuals representing either themselves or groups can speak on any topic of interest, be it religious, political, or otherwise. Each stood on a platform, popularly known as a "soapbox."
by Catherine Doherty.
Christ is the Light of the Nations, but God says to each one of us, You are my servant in whom I shall be glorified. … It is not enough for you to be my servant. … I will make you the light of the nations (Is 49:3, 6).
That is addressed to you and me. Do we feel like the light of the nations? Do we dismiss this and say, "Me? I am a sinner. God isn’t speaking to me; he is speaking to her or to him, not me."
by Catherine Doherty.
This was probably written in the 1970s and the examples used are even older. But in its essence, it could have been written today.
I have always loved the Church. This is a very strange statement to make: All Christians should love the Church. But from earliest childhood I have had a deep, deep feeling for her.
January is, of course, a quiet month in the gardens. However, under the earth, earthworms are burrowing deeply letting air into the soil thus preparing it for the spring planting.