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December 2009

Advent: Season of Hope — by Pope Benedict XVI. …Advent is par excellence the spiritual season of hope. In it, the whole Church is called to become hope for herself and for the world…. …Our God is "the God who comes" and calls us to...

Biblical Fiction — by Fr. Pat McNulty. Lets take a walk together up Calvary hill on that first Good Friday. Good Friday during Advent, Father? Calvary at Christmas? Is this some kind of Irish seasonal pathology? Well, hear me out and see what...

Combermere Diary (December 2009) — by Paulette Curran. Often when I begin "Combermere Diary," I am confronted with the fact this column is a news article in a newspaper which, though it doesn’t look like it, is factually a magazine. "Newspaper format, magazine content" is...

Mary’s Waiting — by Marie Javora. Dearest Mother, your life was one of waiting. You had so many times of waiting. The angel came to ask you if you would consent to God’s will that you become the Mother of his Son. You...

A Story from Prison — by Marg Stobie. When I was at Maryhouse, our bishop, Bishop Gary Gordon, told us a story I’d like to share with you. When he was a pastor in southern British Columbia, Fr. Gary was assigned by the bishop to...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2009) — Maranatha! Come O Christ, our High Priest, Prophet, and King! In Advent, as we listen to the prophetic calls announcing your coming, we welcome you anew into our hearts. During this Year for Priest, we come to you our High...

Story Telling — by Catherine Doherty. How we love stories! Why are they so powerful in helping us understand and remember deep truths about life? Isn’t it because stories are closer to life than mere ideas?...

The Gift — by Michael D. O’Brien. The following is a true story. Some of the names have been changed to protect the privacy of people involved. The author’s friend, Fr. Brian, died in Austria a few years ago while preaching a retreat...

Choosing Christmas — by Fr. David May. Saturday morning is cleaning day in my part of Madonna House, otherwise known as "The Main House." I have a hallway to vacuum, a bathroom to clean, and then my office and bedroom to do. I...

Our Christmas Tree — by Cynthia Donnelly. Last Christmas we found one of the most beautiful Christmas trees, or so we thought. We bought it and brought it home....

Letter to a Little Girl — by Catherine Doherty and Peggy. September 5, 2003 Dear Postulator of Catherine’s Cause, "Aunt Kate" [Catherine Doherty] wrote this letter and sent this snapshot to me more than forty years ago. It is a much treasured possession of mine....

The Heart of a Child — by Catherine Doherty. Christ told us that unless we become like little children, we will not enter the kingdom of heaven. We tend to associate children with Christmas in a very sentimental way: a newborn baby is "cute," children are...

A Christmas Poem — by Catherine Doherty....

The Word Made Flesh — by Catherine de Vinck. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Jn 1:14...

Did You Really Mean It, Lord? — by Kathy Snider. The author, a former working guest of Madonna House, is a lay missioner in a remote village in the Ixcan jungle of Guatemala. Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink or about...

 

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