Restoration

Restoration

November 2006

No Rest for the Blessed — by Fr. David May. "Hello, everyone, I’m back! It’s the director general of priests!" That or a phrase like it was often my cry this past summer as I strode into the Madonna House cemetery to cut the grass. "You...

Pauper? So What? — by Catherine Doherty. What does it matter if you are inadequate in your own estimation? What does it matter that you think you are not contributing too much to the Church?...

A Beggar’s Dilemma — by Cathy Mitchell, local director of MH Combermere. I am writing to you, our dearest friends, to share with you a question and concern we are wrestling with here at MH Combermere. What do you do when you live by...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2006) — This month we have written this column differently. Since Cathy Mitchell wrote in "A Beggar’s Dilemma" about our current situation, we decided in this column to just list our needs. We are only doing a list for this one month....

My Joy is Complete — by Mary Pennefather. Before coming to Madonna House, I belonged to the Legion of Mary in Ottawa within a section called a presidium, which had as its work to count the Sunday collection. One day at our meeting there was...

A Tale of Two Widows — by Fr. Pat McNulty. We bet you’ve never looked at the story of the widow’s mite (Mk 12: 38-44) in quite this way. It’s the gospel for Sunday, November 12th. I always thought the widow might be a witch! She...

Combermere Diary (November 2006) — by Paulette Curran. Our life here is so simple and ordinary, and at the same time, so rich. I wonder if this is always the case when life is centered on God and connected with him. This past month, as...

Milestones (November 2006) — Recent Assignments: Teresa Reilander, Mary Speicher, Arthur Connick, Joe Hogan, Fr. Kieran Kilcommons, Combermere; Maureen Ray, Washington. New Directors: Gerard Lesage & Joanne Dionne, co-directors, Belgium. New Associate Priest: Fr. Tom Fleming....

Riveted on Jesus — by Cheryl Ann Smith. Prayer changes things. This was the inscription Mary Pennefather asked to have put on the cross that would mark her grave. This was the story of her life. Though Mary’s early years were filled with anguish,...

Dishes, Dishes, Dishes — by Mary Pennefather. Mary P. wrote these three short articles when she was a fairly new staff worker....

She Chose to Love Me — by Maria Seraphim. Last spring, when I came to Madonna House to visit Mary P., I was having tea at St. Mary’s and talking about her. "Did you take care of her?" someone asked me. "No," I replied, "She took...

The Graces that Do Not Shine — by Fr. Bob Pelton. One day at spiritual reading Mary P. shared with us what was probably the turning point in her life. It had happened before she came to Madonna House. She was in the hospital because of some...

Restoration Gift Subscriptions — This year — why not give a Christmas gift that: • is inexpensive • requires no shopping • keeps giving all year long • brings life, enjoyment, and spiritual nourishment. Give your friends a subscription to the print edition of Restoration....

How Do You Fold the Towels? — After I had been a guest at MH in 1969, I left and traveled in Europe. I was in Paris, near the Eiffel Tower, when someone came up to me and said, "You were at Madonna House!" "Yes," I said,...

It’s OK to Be a Lousy Dancer — by Echo Lewis. My word from the poustinia was: It’s okay to be a lousy dancer. We don’t have to dazzle God with our brightness. We don’t have to impress him with our skill. It’s all right to draw a...

 

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