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 October 05, 2015:
When You Don’t Get Your Way

by Fr. Denis Lemieux.

My new book Idol Thoughts presents the doctrine of the eight "thoughts" that take us away from God, an ancient teaching of the Eastern Church. This schema of harmful interior attitudes of mind and heart emigrated westward and became part of our Roman Catholic tradition in the form of the "Seven Capital Sins."

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Posted October 02, 2015 in My Dear Family:
Walking on the Water

by Catherine Doherty.

"I am the light of the world," said Christ (John 9:5). Since he has come, we are no longer living in the shadow of death. We can live in light. But light is only light in contrast to darkness. Without darkness, we would not know the light.

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Posted September 30, 2015 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2015)

September in Ontario: crisp air, harvest time, the end of summer.

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Posted September 28, 2015 in My Dear Family:
Is Your Heart Divided?

by Catherine Doherty.

God is love, and where God is, love is. What role does God play in your life? And, how much do you really love him and one another? Stop and think for a moment.

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Posted September 25, 2015 in Milestones:
Milestones (September 2015)

Transfer: Kathy McVady, Combermere.

New Local Director: Christina Milan, Arizona.

Deaths: Fr. Thomas Rowland, Josephine Halfman.

Associate: Deacon Nick Mammi ordained to priesthood.

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Posted September 23, 2015 in Combermere Diary:
Combermere Diary (September 2015)

by Paulette Curran.

In this part of the world, as in many others, June is a time when all of nature bursts with life and growth. And in Madonna House, June contains a day that is especially filled with life—June 8th, the feast of Our Lady of Combermere and Promises Day.

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Posted September 21, 2015:
Protecting Your Family from the Culture of Death

by Michael O’Brien.

Christian parents everywhere are facing the dilemma of raising their families in the midst of a tsunami of cultural corruption—an extremely invasive corruption it is.

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Posted September 18, 2015:
Pregnant at Fifteen

by Peggy.

My name is Peggy [not her real name]. I am twenty years old and in my last year of studies in a technical college. I am the eldest in a family of many children. This has good and bad points, but most of them are fantastic.

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Posted September 17, 2015:
God Owns the Bank

by Veronica Ferri.

"God owns the bank." That’s what my grandpa used to say, and that is what my parents really did believe.

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Posted September 15, 2015:
What is a Family?

by Michael O’Brien.

The family is not merely a house full of people, for various institutions fit that description. Granted, as anyone who has ever lived in one knows, the family seems to be at times a hospital, a prison, a boarding house, and a mental institution.

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Posted September 14, 2015:
Living with Weakness

by Marilyn Marsden-Busset, a reader.

When our children were in elementary school, the teachers would often ask, "How many brothers and sisters do you have?" They were the only ones in the class who responded, "I’m not sure."

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Posted September 11, 2015:
God Is My Everything

by Margaret Olszewski, a reader.

In order for you to understand our family, I will have to start at the beginning, for God’s hand has been on my husband and me since birth. It’s a story that gets "stranger" as it goes on.

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Posted September 09, 2015:
Coffee After Breakfast

by Posie McPhee Douthwright.

It wasn’t something that we made a decision to do; we just kind of fell into it naturally, because we enjoyed each other’s company so much, and it eventually became a habit. But it made such a difference to our marriage.

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Posted September 07, 2015 in The Pope's Corner:
Please, Thank You, Sorry

by Pope Francis.

Living together is an art, a patient, beautiful, fascinating journey… . This journey of every day has a few rules that can be summed up in three phrases; please, thank you, and sorry.

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