Restoration

Restoration

September 2009

Of Politics, Hope, and Little Things — by Fr. David May. As you go about your daily business of living wherever you are, whom do you carry with you? I mean by that, what is the concern of your heart as you do the daily chores at...

Praying for the American Government — by Cynthia Donnelly. For 28 years, Madonna House has had a house in Washington D.C. about two blocks from the Capitol building where Congress meets to make the laws governing the United States....

Yuk or Ephaphatha? — by Fr. Patrick McNulty. And they brought him a deaf man…(Mk.7:31-37). A reflection in connection with the Gospel for September 6, the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: "Yuk!" One foot in a pile of fresh donkey dung was a fitting...

Development: Gift of God — by Pope Benedict XVI. Without God man neither knows which way to go, nor understands who he is. In the face of the enormous problems surrounding the development of peoples, which almost make us yield to discouragement, we find solace...

Walking on the Water — by Catherine Lesage. Madonna House had been in Russia for fifteen years—twelve in Magadan and three in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, our current house. Then suddenly on December 6, 2007, the Russian government changed its immigration laws. We didn’t know if we...

Perfect Security — by Catherine Doherty. We are teetering today on the edge of an abyss. In the background is the threat of terrorism. We are not secure walking the city streets. We are bewildered by the waste of world resources. Wars flare...

Who is Poor? — by Patrick Stewart. To be on the staff of Marian Centre, you don’t have to be smart, strong, emotionally together, or physically healthy. You just have to be willing to give what you’ve got, love and forgive your brothers and...

Conforming to the World — by Catherine Doherty. In order to be understood and heard, must the Church conform to the world and its ideas? If by conform is meant change and adaptation in order to express eternal truths in a way more understandable to...

Our Chicken Coop — by Jeanne Guillemette. When I arrived back in Belgium on my second assignment here, we had five chickens. We had had a rooster, too, but he met an untimely end when he began to hurt the chickens. "The girls" were...

There Are Only Two Powers — by Fr. Bob Wild. Since the coming of Christ, there have been two forces powerfully at work in the world. Every idea, every spirit, every attitude, every movement comes under one of these banners....

Combermere Diary (September 2009) — by Paulette Curran. As I write this, we are at the peak of summer, and so far, it’s been an unusually cool and wet one. Probably the fact that our summer is so short is part of what makes it...

Milestones (September 2009) — Assignments: Fr. Kieran Kilcommons, Yukon; Fr. David Linder, Combermere & director of training for applicant priests, Michael Weitl, seminary. New Associate: Fr. Scott Whittemore, Deacon Forest Wallace. Anniversary: Fr. Ron Cafeo, 25th anniversary of priesthood. Deaths: Fr. Gérard de Polignac...

I Will Love You If… — by Steve Héroux. Have you ever wished that someone else would change? I have more than once and for more than one person. In fact, I have to admit I wish this quite often. When I say change, I mean,...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2009) — Many people have passed through our blue doors this summer to visit our shops, to tour the grounds, or to stay on with us as volunteers to experience our community life....

 

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