Restoration

Restoration

February 2005

A Pathway to Joy — by Jean Fox. One word has been coming to me throughout this past week. It is an unexpected word, considering that Ash Wednesday and the Lenten time have come to us, and that the world is in extremely dark times....

Combermere Diary (February 2005) — by Paulette Curran. One big piece of news is that the carpenters and others have finished the renovation of the main kitchen. So after eight weeks of living with St. Mary’s, our community down the road, we of the main...

What If…? — by Fr. Pat McNulty. Ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried—and through his wounds we are healed—by his sufferings shall my servant justify many, taking their faults on himself (Is 53:5, 11). When I was a...

How an Ugly Lady Became Beautiful — by Catherine Doherty. From the dawn of time there lived among men a strange and austere woman. She was tall and thin, and few knew the color of her eyes. Whenever people looked into her eyes they seemed to change...

The Bright Sadness — by Catherine Doherty. In the Russia of my childhood we felt deeply that the way to the cross—to Golgotha—is always filled with a “bright sadness,” for Christ is etched on the cross against a fantastic light, an explosion, a transfiguration:...

The Coin That Redeems — by José de Vinck. Perhaps after his message about love, the most astounding revelation Christ made to the pagan world was his message about pain. Without that message, pain is simply something to be avoided by any means. The will...

Aunt Victoria’s Pilgrimage — by Victoria Fausto. The following is excerpted from a letter one of our staff to her niece and nephew, Liam (age 10) and Olivia (age 8) about her trip to Mexico for the Eucharistic Congress....

Our Lady’s Escort — by Paulette Curran. On November 20, 2004, Fr. Patrick Moore, an associate priest of Madonna House, died at the age of 93. Fr. Pat had a most unusual vocation within the vocation of his priesthood. For 34 years he traveled...

A Reason to Live — by Reuben Morgenstein. In the October 2004 issue of Restoration an article titled, “A Pair of Shoes” by Karen Van De Loop told a story about a refugee camp, a pair of shoes, and two little girls. In response to...

Love Stops at Nothing — by Cheryl Ann Smith. The first time I watched Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ—last year during Lent—I was devastated. I couldn’t talk; I could only weep. But I had asked for it. Only too aware of how consistently...

Why, Lord? How Long? — by Pope John Paul II. In the face of evil manifested in various forms in the world, distressed and bewildered human beings are asking themselves, “Why?” At the dawn of the third millennium, blessed by the Great Jubilee and full...

Notes From Near and Far: Winslow, Arizona —  by Anne Marie Murphy, La Casa de Nuestra Senora. One of the works of this house of Madonna House is catechism for children using the Montessori method. Last summer we resurrected something we had done in the past—a one-week summer...

Notes From Near and Far: Washington, D.C. — by Cynthia Donnelly, MH Washington. I am writing this shortly after Cathy Mitchell, who has been on staff at our house for 18 years and director for 14 of them, left to be local director of MH Combermere. Cathy and...

Notes From Near and Far: Carriacou, Grenada — by Genevieve Enoe, Carriacou, West Indies. Though we don’t have a house per se on Carriacou, a tiny island near Grenada, two of our members are currently living there. Genevieve Enoe, who is originally from the village of Windward, is...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2005) — Dear friends, we have been especially conscious of you during these past few weeks. For we have just completed several sortings of the donations you have sent us. We are deeply grateful for your friendship and your attentiveness to our...

Milestones (February 2005) — Recent Transfers: Fr. Bob Johnson, Sushi Horwitz, Lupe Zabaco, Combermere. Recent Deaths: Fr. Pat Moore (associate priest); Ann Duffy, (father of Shatzi and sister of Fr. Jim Duffy)....

 

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