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February 2009

February Reflections — by Fr. David May. Winter in this part of the world is a phenomenon all its own. By February we are well into it, having already had a good three months of snow coverage, with additions of ice pellets, freezing...

A Young Doctor Speaks — by Dr. Ray Adams. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta made a deep impact on my formation as a physician. As a teenager, I watched the powerful documentary, Something Beautiful for God. One scene in particular struck me to the point...

Life With Meagan — by Pauline McGrath. It all began with the book Karen when I was a teenager. Later I read Joni; then I read about the children adopted by the DeBolt family, children who had many disabilities. Then there were the books...

Towards a Culture of Life — by Pope John Paul II. In the great endeavor to create a new culture of life, we are inspired and sustained by the confidence that comes from knowing the Gospel of life, like the Kingdom of God itself, is growing...

Madonna House Summer Program 2009 — Come renew your Hope this summer. Come share in our Catholic communal life: daily Mass, family meals, prayer, recreation, rosary, manual labor, and seminars and teachings....

And Another Will Gird You — by Kathy Rodman. When she was 48 years old, the author, a member of Madonna House, had a stroke which resulted in the partial paralysis of her left side. The following was adapted from an article she wrote four years...

You Are Uniquely Made — by Caryll Houselander. No two people have exactly the same personal experience of God…. Every person living is—besides being one of the human race—himself or herself; and in order to make the raw material of that person, innumerable different experiences...

Hospitality of the Heart — by Catherine Doherty. What the world needs most today is the hospitality of the heart. Hospitality of the heart means accepting all others as they are, allowing them to make themselves at home in one’s heart....

A Healing We Didn’t Know We Needed — by Fr. Pat McNulty. "Kiss-y-face with Jesus, Daddy." I must have been dozing in a corner of the church late that Sunday afternoon when those words brought me to my senses. It was a bit disconcerting to imagine that this...

My Son Ian — by Matthew Sharp. It’s 4 a.m. Loud musical chatter and peals of laughter wake me. My eyes open. More laughter, then gentle humming. I roll over. The cherubic singing brings a profound sense of peace to my heart, and I...

Catherine’s Cause — You, our friends, have been very generous in giving to Catherine’s Cause. Let me thank you very much. So far, through your generosity, we have been able to cover our expenses, the main one of which is stipends for the...

A Prayer For Life —  by Pope John Paul II (from The Gospel of Life). O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life. Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of...

Created to Live — by Fr. Émile-Marie Brière. The ability to enjoy life and the ability to love are closely connected. For our God is both the God of love and the God of the living. He has made us to live—on earth and...

Combermere Diary (February 2009) — by Paulette Curran. "Boots on; boots off. Boots on; boots off." This is the refrain of a song Chris Hanlon wrote to the tune of "Sunrise, Sunset," a song from Fiddler on the Roof. Our song was written a few...

A Place Where Your Family Can Live — by Miriam Stulberg. Miriam, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was transferred from Combermere to Marian Centre not long ago. I am so grateful for the vision and attention that make Marian Centre Edmonton an ideal house for staff who have...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2009) — February is probably our quietest month. Not that nothing is happening, but even our February celebrations tend to be sedate, such as the Presentation of Mary and Harlem Foundation Day (the anniversary of one of Catherine’s earlier Friendship Houses). In...

Why Our Children Are Still Catholic — by André and Elizabeth Bisson. André became quadriplegic after an accident in 1989. For that story, see the November and December 2008 issues. People sometimes ask us how we were able to pass on the faith to our children. All...

 

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