Restoration

Restoration

March 2007

Plunging into the Sea of Mercy — Since God could create everything out of nothing, he can also, through the Holy Spirit, give spiritual life to sinners by creating a pure heart in them (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 298). With God, every moment is the moment...

Zaccheus: Small Town Crook — by Fr. Bob Pelton. What made Zaccheus do it? We don’t quite know. We only know the bare facts: that Zaccheus, "a senior tax collector and a wealthy man," wanted to see Jesus so badly that when the crowd blocked...

God’s Secret Agent — by Linda Adams. In a recent telephone conversation with my son, who is raising five sons, he said something that stunned me. He asked me not to send anything about God to his family, especially not to my grandsons. I...

Milestones (March 2007) — Recent Assignments: Eliana Ribeiro das Chagas, Combermere....

Combermere Diary (March 2007) — by Paulette Curran. January in Madonna House is a relatively quiet, uneventful time—a time not unwelcome after the intensity of Advent and Christmastime. It is also a time of natural beauty—a time when snow brightens the grayness of cloudy days...

The Search for Burning Bushes — by Fr. Pat McNulty. Have you ever wished for a mystical experience? The following is a reflection on the story of Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15), the First Reading for March 11th, the Third Sunday in Lent....

The First Rays of Dawn — by Michael O’Brien. In the entire history of mankind, the world has never been so flooded in light as it is now. It is an artificial light, however, and could be extinguished instantly by an earthquake, a bomb, or a...

The Only Sign We Need — by Pope Benedict XVI. The Fourth Sunday of Lent, traditionally known as Laetare (rejoice) Sunday, is permeated with a joy which, to some extent, attenuates the penitential atmosphere of this holy season. We spontaneously ask ourselves: but why should we...

Much Loved But Little Known — by Catherine Doherty. St. Joseph is patron of the universal Church and the patron of a happy death. Many people have a simple, direct devotion to him, but often, he remains for them a shadowy, patriarchal figure who forms a...

A Reluctant Devotee — by Joseph Hogan. St. Joseph is the patron of the universal Church and the model of husbands and fathers. And since my name is Joseph, he is also my patron saint. But as with many of "the best things in...

A Lenten Lifestyle (Part 2) — by Alexander Schmemann. Part 1 talked about creating in the home a Lenten atmosphere, a "climate" conducive to an inner life. Part 2 gives suggestions about creating such a climate in our life outside the home. What could be the...

How Can We Believe It? — by Irma Zaleski. St. Paul tells us that God loves us while we are still in our sins (Rom 5:8). This is another way of saying that God never ceases to love us. God’s loving mercy is infinite; it knows...

Magnificent Beginnings — by Fr. David May. Have you given much thought lately to the Solemnity of the Annunciation? My hunch is: you haven’t. This magnificent celebration of the Word becoming flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary nearly always happens in...

The Joys of Being Unworthy — by Tom Kluger. I had an experience of the mercy and love of the Lord one sleepy Monday morning. I discovered that even when I thought he was being tough with me, he was in fact being his kindest....

Detachment — by Lolita Jardeleza. You are not stripping me; you are simply setting me free. You are not depriving me of anything; you are teaching me not to cling. I cannot sail the ocean if I am tethered to the pier....

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2007) — Our foundress Catherine often said, "Lent should fan the desire of men for God into a bonfire." "Day by day," she once said, "we should enter into our hearts and seek that desire, for it is our greatest treasure." That...

 

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