Restoration

Restoration

February 2007

Encountering God — by Catherine Doherty. It seems strange to say, but what can help modern man find the answers to his own mystery, and the mystery of him in whose image he is created, is silence and solitude—in a word, the desert....

Glimpses of Splendor — by Cynthia Donnelly. Catherine Doherty, in an interview a few years before her death said, "I know when I die, I will wake up and see that I lived in a splendor I never realized." She taught us, her spiritual...

Growing Like a Seed — by Fr. Bob Wild. In our practical everyday life, we often live and act under the illusion that we make things grow. It’s true that we can decide upon and initiate projects, but that is making things happen. It’s not...

Good-bye, Book on the Tower of Babel — by Fr. Denis Lemieux. When I got back from my parish assignment a year ago, Fr. David May (director general of MH priests) didn’t immediately overload me with work assignments. "Just pitch in wherever," he said. And so I did....

While Stirring the Carrots — by Jeanne Guillemette. It was Sunday afternoon, and I was cooking supper at Madonna House. Hanging over a huge square pot, I was stirring a bucketful of carrots, nervous that they wouldn’t be ready for the hundred or so people...

Called to Be Saints — by Pope John Paul II. This morning I had the joy of raising five new blesseds to the honor of the altar…. Different personalities, different contexts, different spiritual paths: the new blesseds let Christ reign in their hearts. Their lives...

Fed by Faithful Pastors — by Mary Lynn Murray. Mary Lynn wrote these, her first impressions as the new director of MH Vancouver, last July. We’re a little late publishing it, but we think it’s too good for you to miss. I arrived at this...

Why Maria Lived Alone — by Paulette Curran. Though she had never married, Maria Gutierrez hadn’t always lived alone. In fact, she never did until her old age. She had lived with her family, and after all her brothers and sisters had left home and...

Combermere Diary (February 2007) — by Paulette Curran. When most of you read this, Lent will not be far away. But I am finishing this column on our first workday after Christmas! I am reminded of how Catherine very soon after Christmas Day would talk...

Expect a Miracle — by Fr. David May. If you took a survey of people in Madonna House, Combermere, you would probably find very few who would pick February as their favorite month. Usually by the time it has begun, we have already had...

Good News for Dust and Ashes — by Fr. Pat McNulty. One Ash Wednesday, the ashes on Fr. Pat’s forehead began a change in a young woman’s heart. "No thanks, I only smoke filters," she said as I offered her a cigarette. She was smoking filtered Kools....

A Lenten Lifestyle — by Alexander Schmemann. In order for our Lenten efforts to be effective and meaningful, we need a style of life which is not in contradiction with them, which does not lead to a "split existence." In the past, in Orthodox...

I Live on an Island — by Catherine Doherty. Whenever I cross the bridge to my dark island, I see dimly, then quite clearly, my vigil light twinkling through the large window. It is the only moving sign of life on my island. There is a...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2007) — In the short span of Ordinary Time before Lent begins, our days marked by ordinariness, winter silence, and fidelity to our Nazareth life, we come to you with the needs and requests of our various departments....

 

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