Restoration

Restoration

November 2009

The Best Is Yet to Come — by Yves Boulvin (translated by the editor). Do you realize that whatever your age is right now, the best is yet to come? This can be hard to believe especially because so much seems to lead us to believe the...

It’s Simple to Be Holy — by Jean-Pierre de Caussade. If the business of becoming holy seems to present insufferable difficulties, it is merely because we have a wrong idea about it. In reality, holiness consists of one thing only: complete loyalty to God’s will. Everyone...

Loneliness: A Short-cut to God — by Fr. Émile Brière. In 1997, I was giving a retreat to staff worker Alma Coffman. The first question she asked was: "Now that you are 80 years old, what do you wish you had known or practiced at age...

Encounter with the Saints in Turkey — by Bonnie Staib. We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses … let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us (Heb 12:1). Recently I met this cloud of witnesses in a deep and powerful way....

The Blessed Souls in Purgatory — by Catherine Doherty. The Church dedicates the entire month of November to the souls in purgatory. Why a whole month? And why do we Catholics call them "the poor souls?" How can a soul assured of the golden, blinding glory...

Reading to Snakes and Bugs — by Fr. Pat McNulty. I imagine the bugs and snakes must have all been scratching their heads (how can a snake scratch its head, Fr. Pat?) and wondering, "Who is this crazy man standing in the middle of our living...

Closing of Ghana field house — We regret to announce the closing of our field house in Ho, Ghana. After twenty years of service there, we find that we can no longer sustain this mission. Our staff returned from there to Combermere at the end of...

Farewell to Ghana — by Maureen Denis. Unless a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies it yields a rich harvest (Jn.12:24). As we close the blue doors of Madonna House Ghana...

Dance, Song, and Drum — by Andorra Howard. Her body was old, but it was not heavy. She moved lightly and gracefully around the coffin of her son who had died suddenly. Grief filled her to the brim, but she didn’t let it weigh her...

Every Moment of Our Lives — by Pope Benedict XVI. God created and redeemed us so that we might be saints. We cannot be satisfied with a lukewarm Christian life. Nor can Christian life be reduced merely to a few individual and isolated acts of piety....

I Live Alone — by Irma Zaleski. For the last twenty-five years I have lived alone in Combermere at what used to be our family cottage, a cottage overlooking a small lake and surrounded by hills. I did not come to live here out...

Saints: No Two Alike — by Catherine Doherty. Saints (and all Christians are supposed to be saints-in-the-making) are the most original, individualistic, adventuresome people in the world. As you get to know the lives of the saints, note how no two of them are alike....

Combermere Diary (November 2009) — by Paulette Curran. As I write this column, it is still early autumn, but in our part of the world, autumn, unlike spring, moves quickly. It is a beautiful time of year but also a reminder of the long winter...

Milestones (November 2009) — Assignments: Elizabeth Bassarear, co-director of St. Mary’s; Cristina Coutinho, Belgium; Darrin Prowse, Maureen Denis, Andorra Howard, Beth Ryan, Marg Stobie, Combermere; Marie Javora, Toronto. New Applicants: Nickie Dietz, Veronica Ferri, Gudrun Schultz, Beth Scott, Tina Tan, Fr. Blair Bernard. New...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2009) — After a very busy summer and autumn, November comes to us on quiet feet, its steps muted by fallen leaves and pine needles. By the time it arrives, the harvest and food processing will be over, and the fields and...

 

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