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 Martha Shepherd.
She was an old Yugoslavian grandma. She came into the church our first night there with another broad, kerchiefed lady.
There happened to be a bit of room next to me, so I waved and she came over. We spent the next four hours praying together in Croatian, five to a pew meant for four.
by Fr. Bob Wild.
What was at the very heart of what we call original sin? Some say sensuality: Adam and Eve wanted better food. Or disobedience: God gave them a command and they disobeyed him. Some say the root was pride: they made their own desires rather than the will of God the center of the universe.
by Cynthia Donnelly.
This article was adapted from a talk given in Combermere in May 2013.
The mandate for this house is to pray for the president of the USA and those who work for the government and to respond to the spiritual needs of the people of the area. I want to give you an example of how the Lord in his great providence helps us to do this.
by Catherine Doherty.
The first thing to begin Advent with is the Advent Wreath. It can be made of any kind of greenery found in your part of the world.
by Fr. Bob Pelton.
Wait for the Lord whose day is near. Wait for the Lord, keep watch, take heart.
These lines, an antiphon from our Advent morning prayer, have been sitting in my heart. This is what Advent is about—waiting.
What do we do after the summer programs, harvesting and food processing are over? Well, for a short time, we do slow down, and among other things, we do the follow-up jobs, such as storing the outdoor antiques at the museum and "putting the gardens to bed."
by Cristina Coutinho
"And come among us, Mary of God, Lady of Peace… And come praying for us, Mother of Jesus."
This is a verse from a song well-known in Brazil, a song sung at the World Youth Day Mass celebrated by the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, July 23rd .To see and hear a multitude of young people singing in full voice, praying and begging for the presence of the Mother of God made my heart vibrate with joy.
Assignments: Kay O’Shea, Vancouver.
New Applicants: Maria Lams, Meaghan Boyd, Frank Brick, Pascal Richard, Stephen Tosterud and Fr. Zach Romanowsky.
Associate Priests: New associates: Deacon David Cavalier, Fr. Nathanael Kumeh; Final Promises: Fr. George Fekete, Fr. William Muench (news about their meetings next month).
Deaths: Sandy Wood’s stepmother, Vi; Linda Lambeth’s mother, Vi; Teresa and Martha’s Reilander’s mother, Joyce.
by Paulette Curran.
The other day, I talked on the phone with one of our readers, a farm woman from Alberta in western Canada. Her family, she mentioned, is in the midst of harvest, their busiest time of the year. We, too, of course, are harvesting, and this was for me one more reminder of how one we are with you our readers.
by Fr. David Linder, retreat master.
Something powerful unfolded recently amidst the quiet hills of the south of Belgium. There our mission house hosted a retreat for seven of our friends from Russia. They named it "Projet Russe."
by Polina Rukosueva, Russian retreatant (translated by Catherine Lesage).
My Lord, may this narration of the wonderful days spent in Resteigne be my prayer to you.
Words are not enough to express how grateful I am to you for the time spent in the house of your Holy Mother in Belgium. This whole pilgrimage—every moment of it, every meeting, every step and every event—was surrounded by your tender care and love.
by Katya Malova, Russian retreatant (translated by Catherine Lesage).
Often in life, we set goals for ourselves, and we make plans. But I didn’t plan this trip to Belgium; it was all God’s doing. A group was formed and I simply asked if I could go with them.
I was ready for either a yes or a no. I didn’t know anything about the trip—only that this was a group of believers who love Jesus. This filled me with joy and confidence.
by Catherine Doherty.
Catherine Doherty didn’t initiate; she waited on people and events. She listened to the Spirit, and when events happened, she moved with them. Bringing the rich religious tradition of Russia to Madonna House was no exception.
Here, in words she wrote in 1959 or ’60, she shared her excitement and reflections about one of these "Russian events"—and memories of another one.