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December 2007

The God Who Comes Now — by Pope Benedict XVI. "Proclaim to the peoples: God our Savior is coming!" With this, the first antiphon of First Vespers for the First Sunday of Advent, the Church begins the season of Advent and the new liturgical year. Thus...

Combermere Diary (December 2007) — by Paulette Curran. As I write this column, it is not yet winter, though it’s obvious it’s coming soon. You can feel it in the increasing cold and see it in the trees that are slowly getting bare as the...

Milestones (December 2007) — New Associate Priest: Fr. Tim Hanley....

The Red Pump — by Catherine Doherty. In the last month of this year during which we celebrated the 60th anniversary of MH Combermere, we share with you a homey story from our early days. Truly all life speaks of the Lord. People, things,...

Becoming Small Enough to Think Big — by Fr. David May. If someone asked you what is the most important thing you do to prepare for Christmas, what would you say? Decorate? Advent wreath? Finish shopping by mid-December? Daily Mass? Rosary? Cook for the feast? Get a...

Faith: A Subjunctive Mood — by Fr. Pat McNulty. It was about 3 a.m. when I pulled my car into the checkpoint at Canadian Customs and Immigration. Though there were trucks in their own lane, mine was the only car around. The middle-aged man in...

Advent: A Road into Infinity — by Catherine Doherty. Advent is a short season, yet it covers a long distance. It is the road of a soul from Nazareth to Bethlehem. It seems such a short distance, as we are accustomed to thinking of distances. Yet...

Celebrating the Darker Meaning of Christmas — by Wilfred McClay. A number of years ago, a friend of mine made an observation about his experiences of successive Christmases, one that has stuck in my mind as equally true for me and perhaps for many of us. He...

A Child at the Manger — by Anne Marie Murphy. Have you ever spent time with a small child at a manger scene? A few months ago as I was working at St. Raphael’s, our handicraft center, a couple and their four-year-old daughter came through on...

An Advent Amethyst — by Fr. Eddie Doherty. Dear God, Loving Father of us all, The snow falls softly today. The flakes dance and whirl. They flutter and hesitate as they near the earth, trying to pick out a likely place to land. Then...

Spinning a Cradle of Silence — by Catherine Doherty. My Russian shrine stands peaceful and quiet. Its roof is covered with snow. The Virgin of Kiev is reflected in the vigil light that always burns before her face. It looks especially beautiful in the dark of...

Christmas in Krasnoyarsk — by Marie Javora. Last year, three staff celebrated the first Christmas of Madonna House in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. When Katia (Catherine Lesage) and I returned home after a Twelve Step seminar, there wasn’t too much time for Christmas preparations....

Notes from Near and Far: MH England — by Catherine Ching. Moira Ward, a member of "Catherine’s Friends," a group that meets at our house to discuss the writings of Catherine Doherty, and I were chosen to represent Madonna House England at the Youth 2000 International Festival held...

Notes from Near and Far: MH Ghana — by Maureen Denis. Greetings from the tropics, where life in abundance is overwhelming us a little! The life I’m referring to is green: lush, bushy trees, shrubs, vegetables, weeds. You name it and it’s growing in our yard profusely. Andorra...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2007) — The coming of God as man is a tremendous mystery, and Advent is a time when God invites us to a place of quiet inside where we can ponder this mystery....

 

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