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December 2005

The Cry of a Prophet — by Catherine Doherty. Chapter forty of the book of the prophet Isaiah contains some of the most beautiful passages in scripture. And these prophecies are eternal. They were not just meant for the time of Jerusalem. They are meant for...

Combermere Diary (December 2005) — by Paulette Curran. The leaves are falling, falling, falling, and soon the trees and all the land will take on its brown and gray November look. Without the in-between time of starkness, would the first bright snow bring such delight?...

A Fool From Russia — by Catherine Doherty (1962). What a stranger I am to myself! Unknown. To others an enigma, a pain, a stranger, a symbol sometimes, a haven, a port, a hope. Who am I? A woman in love with God? A sinner...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2005) — In her book, Donkey Bells, Catherine Doherty speaks about Advent: “For me, the word ‘Advent,’ has a double connotation. It means the arrival of a new liturgical season, the preparatory time for Christmas, for the coming of Our Lord as...

We Need Saints — by Fr. Robert Wild. The Catholic Church teaches that everyone is called to be holy. She also believes that sometimes it is the will of God that individual people who have lived lives of heroic sanctity should be publicly recognized....

Journey to Sainthood — by Fr. Robert Wild. What is happening with the canonization of Catherine Doherty? The answer is that the process is proceeding slowly but surely. First of all, according to Church law, we could not officially begin the process until five...

Catherine: A Saint for the 21st Century? — by Mary Bazzett Nadeau. On December 14th we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the death of Catherine Doherty, the foundress of Madonna House. If there is anyone in our modern age who can show us how to apply the Gospel...

A Bishop’s Testimony — by Bishop Pierre-André Fournier. Bishop Fournier, the newly ordained auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Quebec City, is an associate bishop of Madonna House. For many years he has been a frequent visitor to Madonna House. I could write a...

God Keeps His Promises — by Pope John Paul II. Know that the kingdom of God is at hand. Be sure that he will not delay (from the liturgy of December 17th). The annual evocation of the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem renews in...

No Room at the Inn? — by Fr. Bob Yori, associate priest of MH. At Christmas 1967, I was at a language school in Latin America where I had been sent to study Spanish. About twelve or fourteen of us lived in a very nice house,...

Christmas — by Catherine Doherty. Christmas. The familiar story—a stable, a manger, a Baby, a virgin mother, shepherds, carols, presents, Christmas trees, good will to all men. Do we ever stop to consider the utter desolation of that birth? The loneliness of...

An Exploding Bomb — by Margaret Parsons. At this point in time, most people mainly associate Catherine with Madonna House Combermere. But before she came here in 1947, she had already made major contributions to the American Church and to America as a whole....

Notes from Near and Far: Roanoke, Virginia — by Patricia Lawton, MH Roanoke. The big word in the news recently has been hurricanes—terrible winds that blow down concrete structures and bring distressing change into people’s lives. Tots Collins, a friend of our house since 1991, is from New...

Notes from Near and Far: Combermere, Ontario — by Emmanuella Kim, St. Joseph’s House, Combermere. St. Joseph’s House is our mission house for the local area. Emmanuella, who is from Korea, is a new staff worker. It is a few months since I moved to St. Joseph’s House....

 

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