Restoration

Restoration

February 2008

Combermere Diary (February 2008) — by Paulette Curran. Just before the beginning of the new millennium, one of the well-known news magazines gave a kind of overview of the past two thousand years. I was struck by their description, dismissal really, of the whole Middle...

Milestones (February 2008) — Election: Re-election of the director general of laymen, Mark Schlingerman. Deaths: David Williams’ mother, Rosemary; Jo-Anne Paquette’s father, Moe....

The Good News About Guilt — by Catherine Doherty. We are riddled with guilt. One of the things people are worried about is God’s justice. People shake and say, "Oh, I am a louse. I am a sinner." Of course you are a sinner. But never...

A Time to Plumb the Depths — by Catherine Doherty. Lent is a time to go into the depths of yourself, to really advance in the "journey inward" that everyone must undertake to meet the God who dwells within. This Lent should be a time to ask...

Did Jesus Laugh? — by Fr. Pat McNulty. When you fast do not put on a gloomy face like the hypocrites do (Mt. 6:16). It was the loudest doorbell I had ever heard. And when I pushed the little black button a second time,...

Repenting of Virtues — by Irma Zalesky. About twenty five years ago during a visit to London, I met a great teacher and one of the most exciting men I had ever known, Anthony Bloom, the Russian Orthodox Metropolitan of Sourozh. I had several...

Life in the Ultimate Net — by Fr. David May. Everything was in readiness for dinner. Only the guest of honor was lacking. Finally he arrived and reclined at table, as the custom was in those days. The host was scandalized that his guest had not...

Au Revoir to Marche-les-Dames — by Dina Lingard. Before I came to Belgium, I read in a pamphlet from the Belgian Embassy in Ottawa that, on average, Belgium has four minutes of sunshine a day. But now that I’m here, I’ve discovered that the marvellous...

Au Revoir and Merci — by Michelle Hubert, translated by Bill Ryan. In November 2007, MH Belgium moved from a medieval abbey in the village of Marche-les-Dames to a smaller building in Resteigne. This excerpt from the farewell speech given by their parish gives a...

Lent: A Path to Joy — by Pope John Paul II. When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you (Mt 6:6). This is, therefore,...

Passing on the Love — by Trudi Cortens. "God is love! Get that straight. God is love! Allow yourself to be beloved of God, for God loves you. God loves you!" Imagine yourself hearing those words from Catherine Doherty herself, when she was 87 years...

My Desert Experience — by a staff worker. It happened many years ago when I was stationed on Carriacou, a tiny island in the Caribbean, and it all began simply enough. In need of a few days retreat, I casually mentioned this fact to...

A Real Pilgrimage — by Ann Wilson, former MH working guest. My friend Bill at the office where I used to work was giving me a hard time. "So, Ann, where are you going on pilgrimage now?" It’s true; I’m usually about to go...

It Was Me; I Did It — by Fr. Bob Wild. There is an Eastern Rite prayer that we pray every day at Lauds (morning prayer) during Lent at Madonna House. "Lead me on the path of salvation, O Mother of God, for I have profaned my...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2008) — "Let us receive the announcement of Lent with joy! For if our forefather Adam had kept the fast, we would not have been deprived of paradise" (Byzantine Vespers). We greet you and pray that you receive an abundant share of...

 

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