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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Catherine de Vinck.
Incised in the stone,
wavy lines, a script of sorts,
naming the age of the earth,
beyond the localized, the familiar.