Restoration

Restoration

March 2006

Bigger Than the Big Screen — by Fr. David May. In the Church’s Office of Readings for Ash Wednesday, there is an excerpt from the letter of Pope St. Clement to the Corinthians. The passage chosen begins as follows: “Let us fix our attention on the...

What Is Your Address? — by Fr. Denis Lemieux. Here is a composite of a series of conversations I’ve had recently: Ring, ring... (Standard corporate North America telephone routine begins.)... push one-push two, working my way through the voice-mail maze... music, waiting... “Your call is...

Combermere Diary (March 2006) — by Paulette Curran. In giving us the liturgical year, the Church, in her wisdom, has given us the variety of life itself. When you receive this newspaper, you will be entering the solemn season of Lent, and here am I...

Can You Weigh Desire? — by Catherine Doherty. Preparation for Lent begins with desire. Can you weigh desire? Can you measure it with a yardstick? Can you unwrap it and know the chemical content? No, my friends, you can’t. Desire is like a flame; it...

The Joy of Repentance — by Irma Zaleski. We can never achieve perfection. We cannot really be “good,” for only God is good (Mk 10:19). We cannot achieve perfect prayer, perfect trust, perfect forgiveness, or perfect love. We cannot have one totally unselfish thought, emotion,...

A Different Kind of Life — by Melanie Murphy. “What is Madonna House?” “Well, uh, it’s sort of like a Catholic kibbutz; kind of a Christian commune.” That’s how I described it to my curious friends and family after spending a week there as a guest....

Memories (Part 2) — by Catherine Doherty. The Healing Oil I remember my mother almost dying of cholera in Alexandria. She was infected with it during an epidemic, and hundreds of people were dying daily. The doctor came and took one look at her...

Even When You’re Right — by Fr. Emile-Marie Brière. To implement God’s commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you”, here are some spiritual exercises to help you pass from a judgmental attitude, from negativity and fault finding in others (even when you’re ‘right’!)...

Renewing the Culture — by Tom Kluger. It was early Lent last year, and the weather was soggy and overcast. The combination of the two could hardly be more depressing. I was working away in the cheese house at St. Benedict’s Acres, the Madonna...

Milestones (March 2006) — Recent Transfers: Marie Javora, Alma Coffman, St. Joseph’s House (Combermere); Bernadette Gonzales; St. Mary’s (Combermere)....

Sister Ruth and the Bells — by Fr. Pat McNulty. I love bells—bells of every kind: ding-bells, dong-bells, bing-bells, and especially booooooong-bells. Bells can be a sign of hope and a source of life. They certainly were for me when I was growing up. Three times...

Opening Up to God — by Pope John Paul II. “Penitence,” in the evangelical sense, above all means this: “to be converted.” The real purpose of it is interior purification, which is necessary in order to be able to meet “in the secrecy of the...

What’s Left for Me? — by José de Vinck. “But if I give all to God, what will be left for me?” Oh, the sweet innocence of an all-too-human logic! As if anything we hold away from God belonged to us any more than what...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2006) — Dear friends, we greet you on the threshold of Lent—a season that, if we but let it permeate our souls, will bring us a hunger for God. Please God, this desire for God will grow in all our hearts as...

 

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