Restoration

Restoration

January 2006

Of Visions and Visionaries — by Fr. David May. It’s a very quiet evening here at the main house of Madonna House. Everyone seems to have gone “home” early except for two applicants downstairs, one of whom is answering the phone. But the phone is...

Combermere Diary (January 2006) — by Paulette Curran. For a while now, winter has been easing in with its colder temperatures and occasional snow flurries, but yesterday—later that we usually do—we had our first real snowfall. Today the air is crispy cold and all around...

Called to Worship — by Pope John Paul II. The following is a meditation on Matthew 2:1-12, the story of Epiphany. It is excerpted from the message of the pope to the youth of the world on August 6, 2004, in preparation for World...

The Closing of Two Houses — In the recent past we have had an unusual event happen in the life of our community: the closing of two of our field houses: MH Paris and MH Brazil. The house in Paris just celebrated its 20th anniversary (October...

The Closing of MH Paris — by Noella de Laforcade, former director of MH Paris. In 1985, Réjeanne George and Miram Stulberg came to France to open Madonna House Paris, a poustinia house in the heart of the city. Poustinia, which means “desert” in Russian, is...

The Closing of MH Brazil — by Elizabeth Basserear, former director of MH Brazil. “With the wind at her back, Our Lady of Combermere moves with the wings of the Holy Spirit. She exemplifies for us a tremendous freedom. She is not settled in any one place…....

Walking on the Water — by Catherine Doherty. I am the light of the world, said Christ (Jn 8:12). Because he has come, we are no longer living in the shadow of death. We can live in light. But light is only light in contrast...

The Key to Love and Freedom — by Miriam Stulberg. Not long ago, after almost twelve years, I left Magadan, Russia. God has been so incredibly good to me that this step, which I had feared for so long, came gently, wrapped in many graces. I know...

A Light in Magadan — by Natalia Galetkina and Nellya Fedishina. When our house in Magadan first opened in 1993, at the first Sunday Mass in the parish, the person whom Alma Coffman especially noticed was Veronica Petronite. “That woman has suffered incredibly,” she thought....

Coming Home to Nazareth — by Karen Stahl. During my last visit to Madonna House, one of the priests said, “You have only one life to live. What else better do you have to do with it than to try to become holy?” I began...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2006) — In January, the silence of winter’s womb wraps Combermere in its depths. In spite of the darkness the world is facing at this time, the presence of the Infant whose birth we celebrate, gives us expectant hope for this coming...

Cancer, Catherine, and Me — by Reuben Morgenstern. Catherine Doherty and I were sitting in the library of Madonna House. I was at the time undergoing treatment for cancer. The prognosis was good, but I was very sick. “Why?” I asked. The question was indefinite—an...

 

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