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October 2009

The Spirituality of Machines — by Catherine Doherty. Catherine wrote this for the repairmen of Madonna House, but it can speak to anyone. For who does not use machines? God the Inventor, God the Creator, looked at man, smiled, and found him very good. Man...

The Father’s Blessing — by Albert Osterberger and his father. The blessing of a father on one’s vocational choice is a great gift. In fact, without it, entering into one’s vocation is considerably more difficult. In the following letter from his father, Albert was...

I Couldn’t Forgive Him — by Cheryl Ann Smith. "I can never forgive him!" I hate to admit it, but these were my words many years ago. I was a young staff worker, and the person I couldn’t forgive was Albert Osterberger, the newly elected...

A Life He Didn’t Expect — by Fr. Bob Pelton. When Albert Osterberger was in the American military, he went on a retreat at a Trappist monastery not far from where he was stationed. That retreat stirred up in him a great desire to find his...

A Letter to Dads — by a concerned observer. Dear dads, There’s something I’d like to bring up with you, if I may be so bold—the subject of teasing your sons....

Was He Just Stubborn? — by Steve Héroux. My first impression of Albert Osterberger when I came to Madonna House in 1989 was of a simple, boisterous man, somewhat irritating, with a loud, generous laugh, someone quite at home there. Nothing gave me a clue...

Depending on St. Joseph — by Albert Osterberger. As with St. Joseph, whom Albert loved deeply, it was basically his life rather than his words that spoke. But some of Albert’s words did get preserved. Here are a few of them....

Milestones (October 2009) — Assignments: Gerard Lesage, Edmonton Deaths: Nancy Topping’s mother, Joan. 50th Anniversaries: Paul Holland, Albert Osterberger (deceased), Sandra Wood, Lupe Zabaco 25th Anniversaries: Fr. Francis Boland, Elizabeth Bassarear, Diane Davis...

Both Father and Son — by Fr. David May. This is adapted from the funeral homily for Albert Osterberger. The Scripture readings are Mt 5:1-12; Rom 8:14-23; Ps 22. When I was a young staff worker living at the farm, Albert, who was farm manager...

Joseph Was a Carpenter — by Pope John Paul II. Work was the daily expression of love in the life of the Family of Nazareth. The Gospel specifies the kind of work Joseph did in order to support his family: he was a carpenter. This...

Go to Joseph — by Catherine Doherty. Go to Joseph, of course, the young, strong, silent man. His silence, once entered into, heals all it touches. His silence is a school of courage, faith, and love. It makes a beautiful bridge between man and...

Combermere Diary (October 2009) — by Paulette Curran. By the time you read this column, the trees outside my window will be ablaze with the reds and golds of autumn. Right now, however, they are richly green. For we are still in summer, though it...

The Blind Man from Combermere — by Fr. Pat McNulty. If I was superstitious and it was Friday the 13th, perhaps I might try to explain what has been happening by the position of the stars and planets. But I am not superstitious and it’s not...

What Is a Man? — by Bill Ryan. What does it mean to be a man? I was trying to find a definitive answer, something to put down in black and white, in concrete terms, but I couldn’t. Men I know who seem to have...

Knighthood — by Catherine Doherty. Back in 1971, someone must have asked Catherine Doherty what she expected from the men of Madonna House. This is the answer she gave....

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2009) — In October, the month of the rosary, we are especially conscious of the fact that Madonna House is truly Our Lady’s house. In Catherine’s mind, Mary and the apostolate were one. It was she who taught us to go to...

Free copies of October 2009 issue of Restoration — Due to an error by our printers, we have 3,000 extra copies of the October 2009 Restoration, an issue on manhood and fatherhood. Would you like some to share with your parish? Your prayer group? Your family and friends? A men’s...

 

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