Restoration

Restoration

December 2008

At Home in the Saving Presence of Christ — by Fr. Pat McNulty. "Do you know Jesus as yer personal sigh-ver?" I looked up from my book into the eyes of a lady sitting directly across the aisle from me on the bus. "I beg your pardon." "Yer all...

Awaited by Love (Part 2) — by Sophie Bouchard, translated by the editor. In part 1, you met André and Elizabeth Bisson, a young couple who were living the life they had chosen for themselves, a life of self-sufficiency on the land. Then suddenly everything changed....

A Conversation About Mary — by Fr. Bob Sharkey. This most unusual homily was given at Madonna House on December 8, 1977. I asked Our Lady what I should say today. I hadn’t any idea of my own, so she reminded me of the way...

We’ll Love Him No Matter What — by Fr. Michael Shields, pastor in Magadan. Galia, who was four months pregnant, came to me in tears a week before Christmas. She, a former Buriati (a mixture of Buddhism and pagan religion which is found in southern Siberia near...

Combermere Diary (December 2008) — by Paulette Curran.One of the hidden works of Madonna House is our prayer and the offering of our daily lives for the whole world. Seems like there is always so much to pray for, especially these days. The economic situation,...

Wellspring of Joy — by Pope Benedict XVI.Gaudete in Domino semper. Rejoice in the Lord always (Phil 4:4). Mass of the Third Sunday of Advent opens with these words and is therefore called "Gaudete Sunday." The apostle Paul urges Christians to rejoice because the...

Teaching Children to Share — by Anne Marie Murphy. Throughout the many years I’ve spent at Madonna House field houses, I have been encouraged by parents who pass on to their children the practice of giving at Christmastime without expecting to receive something back. This...

Christmastime in the MH Houses — Here are some glimpses into Christmastime in three very different houses last year....

A Cry at Christmastime — by Catherine Doherty. The river is imprisoned today in the powerful arms of a thick icy sheet that covers it completely. The air is cold, clear and crisp. Nature seems to have entered into its time of prayer and solitude,...

A Christmas Homily — by St. Francis of Assisi. God has revealed the very depths of his being. In him there is not only power, sovereignty, knowledge, and majesty. Yes, my friends, God is childhood and tenderness. And he is that because he is...

Peeling Vegetables and Christmas — by Catherine Doherty. A staff worker of Friendship House, one of Catherine Doherty’s earlier houses, was bored and tired of her job—peeling vegetables for the soup kitchen. Catherine wrote her this letter on Christmas Day, 1937....

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2008) — A star will come forth out of Jacob, and a scepter will rise out of Israel (Numbers 24:17). Do you sense the deep longing for a Savior in this ancient prophecy? The Church offers us the Advent season so that...

 

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