Restoration

Restoration

September 2006

A Dream Dreamt in God — by Catherine Doherty. We have a farm at Madonna House called "St. Benedict’s Acres." This farm was born out of a dream—a dream dreamt in the Lord. In the steaming streets of Harlem, in the cold, windy streets of the...

A Kind of Foolishness —  an interview of Larry Klein by the editor.Did you have any background or experience in farming or other manual work before you came to Madonna House? No, not farming, but my family had a big vegetable garden. We also built...

Love Is Like a River — by Scott Eagan. Do you want a glimpse of life at our farm? Keep reading. The story of St. Ben’s Farm from November 1st, 2004 to November 1st, 2005 can be told in what happened with the land, with the...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2006) — These days our souls and senses are filled with the abundance of summer beauty, summer produce, and summer liturgy, and our life is very full. You, our benefactors, are very much a part of that fullness, and each day our...

Christ Was a Carpenter — by Pope John Paul II. Our labors—at home, in the fields, in industries, and in offices—can turn into an exhausting busyness ultimately devoid of meaning (Eccl 1:3). Let us ask the Lord for it to be the fulfillment of his...

Combermere Diary (September 2006) — by Paulette Curran. Here at Madonna House, in this tiny corner of rural Ontario, it sometimes seems as if we live in several worlds at once. Right here—within each of us and among us, and through the varied events of...

Milestones (September 2006) — Recent Assignments: Sandra Woods, Combermere; Adam Grochowski, Edmonton. Associate Priests: Fr. James Bozung, final promises....

Life on a Shoestring — by Fr. David May. My phone—an English antique with an imperious and unadjustable bell—rang out at 2:30 in the morning. With a sinking feeling and adrenalin cylinders firing, I leapt out of bed. "Hello. Fr. David here."...

St. Joseph and the Windowpane — by Tom Kluger. At Madonna House we try to live the life of Nazareth, the quiet, hidden life of the Holy Family: Jesus, Joseph, and Mary. As far as quietness goes, St. Joseph was definitely the most silent of the...

Even Washing Dishes? — by Melanie Murphy. Did you know that washing the dishes can be a prayer? Are you aware that brushing your teeth can be a spiritual experience? Or that driving to work can lead to union with God? I certainly didn’t...

An Autumn Prayer — by José de Vinck. O Lord of the harvest moon and of the golden wheat, now that our crops are ripening and our barns are being filled with the bounty of your gifts, let us not take pride in our...

 

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