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November 2005

Eternal Gifts — by Pope John Paul II. On November 2nd, we celebrate the Feast of All Souls, the annual liturgical commemoration of all the faithful departed. On that day a universal prayer is raised by the worldwide Church to the God of...

How Death Became Life — by Catherine Doherty. Death was born on a flaming day—at least that’s the way she remembered it. For when she came forth, full-grown into the world, it was alight with all the colors of fire. The light seemed to come...

Here Comes the Bridegroom — by Fr. Pat McNulty. A reflection in connection with the parable of the ten bridesmaids (Mt 25:1-13), the Sunday Gospel for November 6th. Did you know that Richard Wagner and Felix Mendelssohn often attended the same church? So what? Well,...

Combermere Diary (November 2005) — by Paulette Curran. As I look out my window on this early October day, I see an unusual sight for this time of year. Most of the leaves are still green. And if I walked around to the other side...

The Door to Eternity — by Irma Zaleski. November is, among other things, a month in which, year after year, the Church reminds us of death, of our own unavoidable end. Some of us have had to learn to remember it and reflect on it...

A Wake-Up Call? — by Fr. David May. Every day after lunch, we take time for a short period of spiritual reading and discussion. At St. Benedict’s Farm recently, we were reading a staff letter by Catherine Doherty on the theme of joy in...

Our Tears and Our Presence — by Kathy McVady. “Take up My Cross, their cross, and follow Me. Going to the poor, being poor, being one with them, one with Me.” This is the line of the Madonna House Little Mandate that our mission house was...

My World Youth Day Pilgrimage — by Petra Muller. This past August, I attended World Youth Day. During this pilgrimage, in the midst of its commotion and activity, I tried to live in the interior of my soul so as to be in constant communion with...

Milestones (November 2005) — New Assignments: Elizabeth Bassarear, Irene DeRoche, Steve Héroux, Marysia Kowalchyk, Anne Marie Murphy, Chuck Sharp, Combermere; Adina Lingard, Noella de Laforcade, Belgium; Peter Bullen, Shatzi Duffy, England; Eliana Ribeiro das Chagas, Edmonton; Tom Kluger, Regina; Beverly Maciag, Roanoke; Beth Ryan,...

Awaited Elsewhere — by José de Vinck. We are born to die, and we die to be born anew. Not only do we die at the end of our earthly life: we die from the very beginning of our life on earth. For...

Notes From Near and Far: Belgium — by Jeanne Guillemette, MH Belgium. This past August much of our life revolved around World Youth Day in Cologne, for we had the joy of receiving a number of pilgrims, on their way to or from Cologne. Two groups came...

Notes From Near and Far: Ghana, West Africa — by Maureen Denis, MH Ghana. We recently celebrated fifteen years of Madonna House presence in Ghana. At the time when the Mass readings had us meditating on seed sown, fruit reaped, hidden treasure, and the pearl of great price, we...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2005) — “We are beggars for the Lord! Alleluia! We are beggars for the Lord—first for the poor whom we serve everywhere, and secondly for ourselves. This has been God’s desire, his mandate to me, when I first started way back in...

 

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