Restoration

Restoration

July 2008

Making the Desert Bloom — by Catherine Doherty. Wild flowers, garden flowers—look at each one separately. If you do, you will lose yourself in its infinite perfection. Behold its colors, its form, the shape of its petals....

Fishing on the Madawaska — by Fr. Eddie Doherty. Dear Lord God, Creator of All Things: We are inclined to take rivers as something to be expected, nothing to get excited about, unless it’s the Tiber or the Nile. Yet rivers, I learned the other...

Order of Canada medal returned by Madonna House — On July 8, 2008, the Directors General of Madonna House went to Rideau Hall and returned the Order of Canada medal awarded to our foundress, Catherine Doherty. This is in response to the awarding of the same honour to...

The Poverty of the Affluent — by Kathy Snider, former Madonna House working guest. Kathy has been a lay missionary in the village of Santiago Ixcan in the remote Ixcan jungles of Guatemala for seven years. "Reverse mission," that is, mission in places of affluence, is...

Apostolic Farming in a City — by Peter Thomason. As I write this, I am looking out my back window at our chicken coop and goat shed. Though this is not an unusual sight for farmers in much of the world, it is unusual for...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (July-August 2008) — Dear friends, summer contains many joys for us: listening to the red winged blackbirds that nest in the swamp, swimming in the cold Madawaska River, and receiving visitors, to mention just three. It’s amazing how many people find their...

Recreation — by Catherine Doherty. With little leisure time and the long hours of work of most people today, spending one’s leisure time intelligently for the glory of God has become more and more important. High standards of living, the mobility...

Jesus, Where Are You? —  by Fr. David May. If you’ve ever visited Madonna House, Combermere, you may know that we have a vegetable garden plot located between St. Mary’s and the Madawaska River. This very sandy but flat piece of land has been steadily...

Sitting on a Park Bench — by Cheryl Ann Smith. When is the last time you just sat and did nothing—just allowed yourself to be lost in the wondrous beauty of nature or in the procession of people and houses outside the windows of your bus...

 

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