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 November 21, 2014 in Milestones:
Milestones (November 2014)

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.

Posted November 19, 2014 in Combermere Diary:
Combermere Diary (November 2014)

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?

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Posted November 17, 2014 in MH Winslow AZ:
Hidden Glory

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.

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Posted November 14, 2014:
Grace Through a Government Building

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.

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Posted November 12, 2014:
Fearfully, Wonderfully Made

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.

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Posted November 10, 2014:
Two Friendships

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.

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Posted November 07, 2014 in My Dear Family:
It’s All Right to Be a Failure

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.

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Posted November 05, 2014 in Word Made Flesh:
The Halleluia Chorus in a Cemetery

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.

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Posted November 03, 2014 in The Pope's Corner:
The Road to Paradise

by Pope Francis.

The Feast of All Saints reminds us that the goal of our existence is not death; it is Paradise!

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Posted October 31, 2014 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2014)

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.

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Posted October 29, 2014:
The Garden Enclosed

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.

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Posted October 27, 2014 in Milestones:
Milestones (October 2014)

50th Anniversaries: Douglas Guss and Marie Javora.

25th Anniversaries: Mary McGoff, Doreen Dykers, Mary Ellen Kocunik, Daniel Rabideau, Fr. Thomas Rowland.

Assignments: Fr. Michael Weitl, parish in Pembroke for one year; Beth Ryan, Yukon; Jo-Anne Paquette, Marian Centre Edmonton.

Death: Carol Ann Gieske’s mother, Loretta.

Posted October 24, 2014 in Combermere Diary:
Combermere Diary (October 2014)

by Paulette Curran.

The feast of the Assumption, August 15th, is our summer feast that we celebrate with joy and lavishness. It’s a day we, her children, praise and celebrate our Mother with flowers, song, and beautiful liturgies. This year, these included the Acathist, a beautiful Eastern Rite prayer to Our Lady and a Byzantine liturgy.

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Posted October 23, 2014:
Fifty Years in Madonna House

by Marie Javora and Doug Guss.

When two people shared about their lives from their hearts at their anniversary celebration, well, what can I say? Here are some excerpts.

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