Restoration

Restoration

January 2009

Who Is My Neighbour? — by Steve Héroux. I remember, years ago, being seized by a deep anguish over the world situation. I was lost and overwhelmed. "What can I do?" I asked myself. "Can I ever make even a bit of difference?" The one...

The Secret of Community — by Catherine Doherty. I was asked a while ago to speak to a group of religious concerning the "Formation of a Community of Love." What I had to say was simple, pertaining to what I consider to be the essence...

Finding the Sparks of God — by Fr. Pat McNulty. Once during my post-Christmas blues, which can come upon me for about two weeks after Christmas, the Holy Spirit heard my seasonal moaning. In a most ordinary, but extraordinary way, he gave me what I call...

Serving Lunch to Fred — by Tom Kluger. In November 2005 I, a new MH staff worker, was assigned to the Marian Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan. I was going there to serve Christ in the poor. I wasn’t there long when a Brother Christopher, one...

My Stay at Madonna House — by Paul Norman. When I came to Madonna House in 2007 to spend the winter in the spiritual formation program for men discerning priesthood, I thought I knew what to expect. My first workday I was sent to the farm....

It’s Hard to Really Love — by Catherine Doherty. Love means an interior and spiritual identification with one’s brother or sister, so that the person is not regarded as an object to which good is done. Doing good in that way is of little or no...

Come and See — by Pope Benedict XVI. With the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, Ordinary Time begins. The beauty of this time lies in the fact that it invites us to live our ordinary life as a way of holiness, that...

Men Who Stay the Course — by Patrick Stewart. Last August, Michael Fagan, one of the staff of Marian Centre, traveled to Combermere to celebrate with his classmates his fiftieth anniversary as a member of Madonna House. Mike is a gem of a man. Living at...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2009) — Greetings and a Happy New Year to all of you. May the Lord set your hearts on fire! May the Holy Spirit, the Wind, make of your fire a bonfire full of love, the incense of which will reach God...

My Boots — by Derek Pinto, Madonna House applicant. Mine! Mine!! MINE!!! These are some of the first words out of a child’s mouth. But not always....

The Coming of the Crimson Dove (Part 2) — by Fr. James H. Duffy, as told to Shatzi Duffy. Part 1 told of the coming of the Charismatic Renewal to Canada. Part 2 tells of its coming to the islands of the Caribbean. In 1970 Fr. Jim Duffy, an...

Lighting the Pauline Flame (Part 3) — by Fr. David May. Pope Benedict sketched for us in his homily opening the Pauline year three salient features of St. Paul’s personality and teaching: 1) Knowing that Christ loved him; 2) The certainty that we are one body in...

Combermere Diary (January 2009) — by Paulette Curran. By the time you receive this, we and many of you will be well into winter. Right now, however, I am looking out the window at our first snow. It came gently during the night, robing the...

Milestones (January 2009) — Assignments: Alexandra Do, Arizona. Associates: Final promises: Deacon Robert Birch. Director General: Re-election of Susanne Stubbs as director general of women. Anniversary: 25th anniversary of MH Toronto....

 

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