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October 2005

The Wobbly Duck — Re-told by Paulette Curran. When Archbishop Raya was living in Combermere, he sometimes left to teach for a semester or so at a university. One summer he taught at the Pope John XXIII Institute of Fordham University in New York...

Entering the Silence of God — by Fr. David May. October. The month of the holy rosary. And if there is anything I can’t stand, it’s a pious article about praying it! Mind you, I do pray it. In fact, I love the rosary. But in...

Combermere Diary (October 2005) — by Paulette Curran. As I write this, it is late summer—a beautiful time of year here. After an unusually hot summer, we are enjoying cooler temperatures—ideal for Sunday afternoon hiking and biking, and usually still warm enough to curl up...

Milestones (October 2005) — Recent Assignments: Victoria Fausto, Sue Perreca, Miriam Stulberg, Combermere; Fr. Tom Rowland, Arthur Connick, Joe Hogan, Edmonton....

Beads on a String — by Catherine Doherty. I went outside for a bit today to enjoy the mild air and the autumn leaves. Sitting in my Russian shrine, I was thinking—of all things—about the rosary, the neglected, rejected rosary....

Marian Centre Edmonton — On May 31, 2005, Marian Centre Edmonton, our second field house, celebrated its 50th anniversary. Situated in the heart of a large western Canadian city, this house has been known mainly for its service to the poorest of the city...

Three Poor Men — by Michael Fagan, a former director of Marian Centre Edmonton. These stories are essentially true. I put them in my own words as I remember them. They were told to me by real people, men I met and listened to...

The Cat and the Boy — by Patrick Stewart, current director of Marian Centre Edmonton. Please, before reading ahead, enter the heart of the child within you. We all are children to some degree, or else, Scripture tells us, we’re not going to make it to...

The Prostitute — by a former layman of MH. Many years ago, when I was a young staff worker at Marian Centre, I was once protected from serious harm in a most unexpected way. It was midwinter at a time when violence, which...

Notes from Near and Far: Edmonton, Alberta — by Gloria Lawton, Marian Centre Edmonton. It seems that God wants young people to touch and be touched by our house here, for we have had an increase of young adults coming to help in the soup kitchen or to...

Notes from Near and Far: Robin Hood’s Bay, England — by Ellie Pettersen, MH England. Our biggest news is that Fr. Wild, who has been our priest, brother, and friend, for the past six years, has been transferred to Combermere. We miss him! Plus this has resulted in a time...

Catherine: Cause Newsletter #10 — The Fall 2005 issue of Catherine, the newsletter to promote the cause for canonization of Servant of God Catherine Doherty, is now available to view on-line at: http://www.catherinedoherty.org/cause/010-Fall-2005.html...

Notes from Near and Far: Vancouver, British Columbia — Doreen Dykers, MH Vancouver. As I prayed about what dimension of our life to share in these notes, the word, or rather the person that came to me was Our Lady. In her own hidden way, she manages to make...

Let the World See It — by Pope Benedict XVI. Because there is one bread, we, though many, are one body, says St. Paul (1 Cor 10:17). By this he meant: since we receive the same Lord and he gathers us together and draws us unto...

I Wanted to Know Mary — by Beth Scott. The first time I saw the statue of Our Lady of Combermere, I didn’t think much of her. But the fact that I wasn’t drawn to her didn’t bother me because I didn’t think this statue in...

The God Who Sees Me — by Martha Shepherd. Although MH Ottawa is a two-woman house, at any given moment it may seem as if four or five people are living here—depending on what we are each reading or listening to. For instance, during the two-month period...

A Night in a Jail Cell — by Fr. Pat McNulty. I do not often have flashbacks, those intense unexpected mental or emotional recalls of past events. But while I was reading the Gospel for October 23rd, the 30th Sunday of Ordinary time (Mt. 22:34-40) and came...

Fallen, Crumpled Leaves — by José de Vinck. It is a joyful thing to behold a forest in its autumn glory: the endless succession of blazing maples and golden aspen, accented by dark pines, silvered by the exclamation marks of birches. The leaves form...

You Never Know — by Michael Fagan. When I was at Marian Centre, I once knew a young man who had drunk everything there is to drink by the time he was sixteen. His attitude towards himself and everyone else was cynical and outright...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2005) — In Combermere in October the cold, bracing nights and the warm, sunny days produce leaves of every shade of red, orange, and yellow. They are so beautiful in this area that busloads of people coming to see them are not...

 

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