Restoration

Restoration

September 2008

Why We Returned Our Founder’s Order of Canada Award — "The Order of Canada is the highest civilian honour given by the Canadian Government. It is granted to recognize one who has demonstrated excellence, courage, or exceptional dedication to service in ways that bring special credit to the country." —...

This Woman’s Right to Choose — by Susanne Stubbs, director general of women. We are still hearing about "a woman’s right to choose." The phrase hasn’t gone out of fashion yet. I’m a woman, and on Tuesday I made a choice. I traveled with four others...

Piercing the Darkness — by Jean Fox. Catherine Doherty was able to see all the elements of this culture of death that we’re immersed in. No doubt this spiritual knowledge of the conflict that was facing the world penetrated her soul and moved her...

The Day We Returned Catherine’s Award — by Paulette Curran. July 8, the day our directors general in the name of all of us returned Catherine Doherty’s Order of Canada was unique in our Madonna House history. But it was a day that most of us in Combermere...

A Call to Adventure — by Catherine Doherty. As we approach the call to evangelize and spread the Good News, we need to be extremely flexible and attentive to new ideas, opportunities, openings, and possibilities, even though they sometimes cut across our preconceived notions and...

Why Not Drop the Abortion Issue? — by Pope Benedict XVI (written when he was Cardinal Ratzinger). One widespread section of public opinion in the educated bourgeoisie may find it exaggerated and inopportune—indeed, downright distasteful—that we continue to remind them that the problem of respect for a...

You Can Touch God in That Place — by Fr. David May. This article on the Eucharist as source of consolation and mission was written a couple weeks before we decided to return Catherine’s Order of Canada medal to the Governor General on July 8, 2008. Little did...

Do You Grow Apples? — Here is an unusual request. Since with our soil and climate, we are unable to produce fruit in the quantity our large family needs, we are dependent on donations. For many years a generous monastery has shared its apples with...

Combermere Diary (September 2008) — by Helen Hodson. "Conversion to God is always the fruit of the rediscovery of the Father who is rich in mercy." — Pope John Paul II The six weeks of our annual summer program, the theme of which is ‘Preaching...

The Last Will Be First and the First Last — by Fr. Pat McNulty. As usual, Fr. Pat has an unusual reflection on a Sunday Mass reading. This time it is Matthew 20:1-16, the reading for September 21st. The deep, mysterious voice coming from the bowels of our huge radio...

Proclaim the Gospel — by Catherine Doherty. The Church, and every Christian, is called to proclaim the Good News without compromise, even if the world considers it unpleasant news, disturbing news, bad news. There can be no compromise with the message of the Gospel....

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2008) — The events of the summer are leaving us a bit breathless and amazed at all God is doing in the world and in Madonna House. Summer began with the Eucharistic Congress, which a number of us attended, followed shortly by...

Notes from Near and Far: St. Joseph’s House, Combermere — by Alma Coffman. Life at St. Joe’s is never dull. One day, I was making a birthday cake, and when I turned the cake out of the pan, I knew I was in trouble. The bottom was still gooey, unbaked...

Notes from Near and Far: Washington, D.C. — by Maureen Ray. The mandate of Madonna House Washington is to pray for the government of the United States and for our archdiocese and to respond to the spiritual needs of those who come to us. Here’s how we endeavored...

Milestones (September 2008) — Anniverary: MH Windsor’s 25th. Assignments: Beverly Maciag, Maria Park, Combermere; Margarita Guerrero, Mary Speicher, Roanoke. Associate Priest & Bishop: Deacon Nick Mammi, final promises; Bishop Pierre-André Fournier, current auxiliary bishop of Quebec City, was appointed archbishop of Rimouski, Quebec....

Dorothy Day and Catherine Doherty: Comrades Stumbling Along (Part 2) — by Fr. Bob Wild. In this article, we continue the exploration of the friendship between Dorothy Day and Catherine Doherty through their letters....

 

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