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 May 10, 2016 in Memorials:
She Was a Missionary

by Kathy McVady.

Maria Guadalupe Zabaco de Miguel was born near Burgos, Spain, on April 22, 1924, the seventh of eight children. She had a twin who died at birth.

Lupe (pronounced "Lu pay") remembered a happy childhood, even though several of her teen years took place during the Spanish Civil War.

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Posted May 04, 2016 in My Dear Family:
Go Forth and Proclaim the Good News

by Catherine Doherty.

The foreign missions, the fringes Pope Francis talks about, and very likely your neighbourhood and/or your work place: today so much of the world is mission territory.

Catherine Doherty’s vision of mission is as pertinent now as it was when it was written over forty years ago.

For a long time, I have been wanting to talk to you about missions.

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Posted April 29, 2016 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (April 2016)

"Daily grows the loveliness…. Heaven every gate unbars, flinging her increase of light." All through the Easter Season, we sing these beautiful lines in one of our Easter hymns.

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Posted April 27, 2016:
Stephanie and I

by Paulette Curran.

There are countless dramatic conversion stories, and they are wonderful, but sometimes a conversion story is very simple. Sometimes God uses people just living their ordinary Catholic lives. This story begins with my First Communion and a little girl named Stephanie.

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Posted April 26, 2016 in Milestones:
Milestones (April 2016)

New Directors General: Fr. David Linder, director general of priests (effective July 25); Elizabeth Bassarear, director general of women (effective November 2)

Assignments: Fr. Murray Kuemper, spiritual director at St. Peter’s Seminary, London, Ontario; Victoria Fausto, Washington D.C.

Posted April 25, 2016 in Combermere Diary:
Combermere Diary (April 2016)

by Paulette Curran.

Because Easter is so early this year, I am writing this column during the last week of Lent, even more ahead of time than usual.

Spring is just beginning, and that includes, among other things, the works of early spring such as pruning the apple trees and collecting the sap of the sugar maple trees and boiling it down into delicious maple syrup.

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Posted April 22, 2016 in My Dear Family:
Showing the Wounds of Love

by Catherine Doherty.

Today, in this confused world, how do people find Christ? It seems to me that the answer to this question is exceedingly simply: They meet him in a real Christian.


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Posted April 20, 2016:
God Is in the Messiness

by Patricia Lawton.

Last month in part 1, Patricia told us about some of her spiritual struggles as a staff worker of Madonna House.

Part 2 has its basis in a retreat given by Fr. Pat McNulty in February 2008, a retreat based on his then newly-published book, I Live Now, Not I. Interspersing her explanations with quotes from this book, Patricia shares with us the message of that retreat, a message that transformed her life.

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Posted April 18, 2016 in MH Rimouski QC:
Notes From Near and Far: Rimouski, Quebec

by Irene Sullivan.

Last August, I was transferred to MH Rimouksi, which brought me into the heart of Quebec culture.

I soon discovered that almost all the folks in this area are 100% French Canadian and that, except for the occasional technological or music-related word which has crept in over the years, English is rarely spoken.

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Posted April 15, 2016 in MH Winslow AZ:
Called to Be a Sheep Dog

by Kathy McVady.

Part of our apostolate in Winslow, AZ, where I served for many years, involves our work with the Montessori Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This leads many of us to ponder our own relationship with the Good Shepherd as one of His sheep.

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Posted April 13, 2016 in The Pope's Corner:
The Patience of God

by Pope Francis.

What a beautiful truth of faith this is for our lives: the mercy of God! God’s love for us is so great, so deep. It is an unfailing love, one that always takes us by the hand and supports us, lifts us up, and leads us on.

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