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December 2006

Combermere Diary (December 2006) — by Paulette Curran. As I write this diary, autumn is still with us, and an unusually mild and wet autumn it has been. Today’s cloudy day is typical. There was only one sunny day last week, and this week the...

Art Has To Be True — by Peter Gravelle. It was a hot, sunny day, with just a few wisps of clouds on the horizon. And what a horizon it was! Off in the distance was the blue expanse of the Mediterranean Sea, and closer to...

Gingerbread Bishops — by Paulette Curran. Here in Madonna House, in numerous ways, we immerse ourselves in the seasons of Advent and Christmas. One way is by celebrating the feasts in Advent. One of the more festive of these is the feast of...

What Does Beauty Look Like? — by Cheryl Ann Smith. The author’s answer might surprise you. As he began his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI revealed his heart and the secret of his apostolic life. He said, "There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by...

A Musician’s Story — by Trudy Moessner.In January 1975, I arrived at Madonna House from Alberta with two guitars and a large bass amplifier. Thirty years later, I realized that this must have been a little perplexing to a few folks, but to me...

Where Beauty Walks — by Catherine Doherty. Where is beauty found? Catherine wrote this letter in 1933, not long after she had started Friendship House in the slums of Toronto. The first part contains excerpts from the letter she was answering. …Therefore, my dear...

The Power of Music — by Steve Héroux. "We have sung of God in beautiful tones with longing, hunger, joy, and fervent prayer ever since we left Paradise." —Catherine Doherty Yes, music has been with us for a long, long time. So the title of...

A Pathway to Joy — by Catherine Doherty. There’s more to celebration than you might think. What is celebration? Celebration doesn’t mean a big party with balloons, drinking, carousing, and in general creating a lot of noise to assure oneself that one is celebrating. It...

Invited to Joy — by Pope Benedict XVI. The angel went to Mary and said, "Rejoice, so highly favored one! The Lord is with you." Often the word of the angel is translated as "Hail, Mary," but the Greek word, the word the angel...

First Christmas in Combermere — by Catherine Doherty.The first Christmas of Madonna House Combermere, in 1947, Lady Poverty dwelt with us in her all-shining reality. Madonna House then was just a six-room house with no outbuildings, except for an outdoor toilet. It stood rather lonely,...

The Book We All Want to Read — by Fr. Denis Lemieux. Read any trashy novels lately? Oh, I know, I know—readers of Restoration would never waste their time reading trashy novels. What could I be thinking? Now, you know what I mean by a "trashy novel," right?...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2006) — Each year as we approach the holy season of Advent, we become more conscious that Madonna House is Our Lady’s house, modeled on that holy house in Nazareth where simplicity and harmony reigned and where the door was always open...

 

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