Restoration

Restoration

February 2010

What Is a Priest? — by Catherine Doherty. Our foundress Catherine Doherty gave the following talk in the 1970s before the current revelations of sexual abuse by priests. Had she written it now, her style and approach would have been different. Her essential vision of...

A Story About a Priest — by Catherine Doherty. Dear Fathers, you do not realize how much joy your very presence brings. How much hope it brings, too. I have a story to tell....

Do You Want Holy Priests? — by Paulette Curran. "If only our priests were holy," she sighed. Two women were talking with us in the MH mission house where I was stationed a number of years ago. In fact, they’d come a number of times, and...

Notes From Near and Far: Maryhouse, Yukon — by Fr. Kieran Kilcommons. My particular apostolate within the apostolate of Maryhouse has been taking me around much of the area north and west of Whitehorse, the city where we are located. Every month I visit six mission parishes....

Notes From Near and Far: Grand Rapids, Michigan — by Fr. Mark Mitchell. No, Madonna House hasn’t opened a house in Michigan. This was written by one of our associate priests. I have always been close to Madonna House, and when MH had a house in Muskegon, a city...

“It’s a Deal,” Said God — by Fr. Bob Wild. My ways are not your ways, ... and my thoughts are not your thoughts. As high as the heavens are from the earth, so are my thoughts above your thoughts, and my ways above your ways...

Combermere Diary (February 2010) — by Paulette Curran. "Is it tiring or is it life-giving?" a friend of mine asked. I was telling her on the phone about our Advent. "Both," I said. Advent in a February newspaper? Well, this is a news column and,...

What I Learned in Russia — by Fr. Michael Shields. The author, who has been a missionary in Russia for fifteen years, is the pastor of the first Catholic parish in Magadan, a city which, under Communism, was an administrative center for the gulags (prison camps)....

Lent: School of Love — by Catherine Doherty. Lent is God’s lovemaking to man. But God’s lovemaking is strange. He knows, for instance, that a child is trained to jump by having first a little brick to jump over, for his feet are very tiny;...

He’s Admirable, But… — by Fr. David May. If an article in Restoration starts with the theme of "penance," are you likely to continue reading? Are you still with me? If so, let’s look together at the example of St. John Vianney, patron of...

Got a Penny? — by Fr. Pat McNulty. The toothless, scruffy old beggar outside the bus station didn’t bat an eye when I declined her sexual pitch. But before I could converse with her along a more favourable line, she said to me, "Got...

How Can I Not Pay Tribute? — by Pope Benedict XVI. "The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus," the saintly Curé of Ars would often say. Let us reflect with heartfelt gratitude on the immense gift which priests represent, not only for the Church,...

We Are Saved Sinners — by Jean Fox. We say, "I’m wounded" or "I can’t help that because I’m wounded." We must learn to say, "No, it’s not my wound that makes me mean and irritable and devious and hateful. It’s the fact that I’m...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2010) — Whoever invented the twelve-month calendar was wise to give February only 28 days. They must have had an inkling it was going to be a cold, dreary month. But dreary or not, we think it’s a good month for getting...

 

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