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 March 30, 2015:
Mary Dear
Mary dear,
you are my mother.
Please take my hand
and tell me
where to go,
who to see,
and what to say.
Please don’t let go
of my hand,
Mary dear,
because I need you,
and I will always
love you.

- Fr. Jim Duffy
Posted March 27, 2015 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2015)
As we mentioned in "Combermere Diary," because of the flu epidemic we have had to cut back our work to minimum. So this month, please allow us to express our needs simply and in brief.

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

New Local Director: Hugo Isaza, Marian Centre Regina.

Transfers: Martha Reilander, Vancouver; Sofia Segal, St. Joseph’s House; Nancy Topping, Combermere.

Deaths: Fr. Jim Duffy, Associate Archbishop Pierre-André Fournier (diocese of Rimouski), Helen Porthouse’s father, Denis.

Associate’s Final Promises: Fr. David Maher.

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

by Pat Probst.

Today is the next-to-last day of January. As I write, a new snowfall is brightening the ground, and the sun is shining brilliantly. I am substituting for Paulette who is now recovering from the flu that felled most of us, beginning around New Year’s (though a few went down earlier). Timberrrrrr! Down we went.

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Posted March 20, 2015 in My Dear Family:
You Will Hear the Holy Spirit

by Catherine Doherty.

Listen with your hearts and your souls. Listen with an ear attuned, with expectation, desire, and love, and you will hear the coming of the wind of the Holy Spirit. This wind is mightier than any tornado.

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Posted March 18, 2015:
The Coming of the Crimson Dove

by Fr. James H. Duffy, as told to Shatzi Duffy.

In August 1968, when Fr. Duffy was prayed over for the release of the Holy Spirit at a prayer meeting at Combermere, he knew that something important had happened to him.

Shortly after that, one morning during his prayer time, he heard a voice in his heart say, "I want you to take the knowledge and experience of the Holy Spirit to many places and other countries in the days to come. I will be with you."

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Posted March 16, 2015:
Become a Flame!

by Fr. Jim Duffy and Fr. Emile-Marie Briere.

A flame is just a tiny little light that stands before the face of God. Like a vigil light, it flickers and bends before every breeze, but it has the power to give light to darkness, warmth to the heart, comfort to the afflicted, and consolation to our God! When it coalesces with other little flames, it can change hearts and eventually transform the whole world!

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Posted March 13, 2015 in MH Toronto ON, and in Memorials:
Everyone Loved Fr. Duffy

by Trudi Cortens, director of MH Toronto.

Trudi and Fr. Duffy worked and lived in community both in Carriacou, West Indies, (1970-1980), and in Toronto (1994-2014)—she as director and he as chaplain.

Fr. Duffy was a friend of mine for over forty years. Here are just a few stories and memories.

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Posted March 11, 2015 in The Pope's Corner:
Catholic Charismatic Renewal

by Pope John Paul II.

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is one of the many fruits of the Second Vatican Council, which, like a new Pentecost, led to an extraordinary flourishing in the Church’s life of groups and movements particularly sensitive to the action of the Spirit.

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Posted March 09, 2015 in Memorials, and in Things New and Old:
A Letter to Fr. Duffy

by Fr. David May.

Dear Father Jim,

It’s been nearly a month now since you went home to the Lord, and I’ve been meaning to drop you a line for some time. But you know how it is at times: life takes unexpected turns and keeps us occupied and preoccupied.

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Posted March 06, 2015 in Memorials:
My Uncle Jim

by Shatzi Duffy, staff worker & niece of Fr. Duffy.

If somebody asked me to describe Uncle Jim in seven words or less, I would say, The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come" (Rev 22:17).

Unlike the rest of the Duffy family, Uncle Jim never desired to be well-known in this life. Even though he played boogie-woogie piano and sang a great rendition of the song, "Dear Old Donegal," he tended toward shyness, especially early in life.

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Posted March 04, 2015:
He Taught With Stories

by Fr. Jim Duffy.

Fr. Duffy had a repertoire of stories taken from everywhere and/or perhaps written himself, which he used in homilies and teachings. Here are just a few of them.

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Posted March 02, 2015:
He Became a Bonfire

by Fr. Jim Duffy.

Fr. Duffy wrote the following story about his soul in 1981, the 25th anniversary of his priesthood.

If I live to be a hundred years, I will never be able to stop thanking God for the greatest miracle I have ever witnessed—my ordination to the priesthood. Tears overwhelmed me as my family and friends surrounded me with congratulations on the cathedral steps.

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