Restoration

Restoration

September 2010

A Most Abhorrent Word — by Fr. Denis Lemieux. A few years ago, I did a little job for the Madonna House librarians. The scripture section of our library was a bit old and shabby, and I went through those shelves, culling them of unwanted...

The Importance of Being — by Patricia Lawton. Catherine Doherty, our foundress, often talked about the importance of "being" over "doing". It has taken me many years to begin to understand what this means. After all, in Madonna House, just like in any other family,...

I Will Keep Being There — by Margarita Guerrero. Though I was raised Catholic, there was a time when I believed that abortion was simply a woman’s choice. I even figured that, given the circumstances, I myself would consider getting one without much of a moral...

The Call of the Geese — by Martha Shepherd. We have formed a new communal habit this fall. 6:30 A.M. finds us, coffee cups in hand, walking between our back and front yards, looking up. The geese are flying overhead....

I Was First (Part 1) — by Patrick Stewart. If you ever visit Madonna House Combermere or any of houses around the world, you will likely see a small sign that says, "I Am Third." This means: God is first, my neighbor is second, and I...

Signs of Hope in Russia (Part 1) — by Fr. David May. The year 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the foundress of Madonna House, Catherine Doherty. Who would have thought, 25 years ago, that the directors general of her community would spend two weeks...

Does Jesus Love Me? — by Fr. Bob Pelton. If you consider the Sacred Heart of Jesus, you might think about several divine mysteries—the Incarnation, for example, or our redemption and salvation, or the Holy Trinity. This year, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart,...

Failure: A Path to Success — by Catherine Doherty. How often do we look at ourselves and feel that we are total failures? We grow older, we look at our lives, and we don’t feel there is anything in them worth recording. We feel we have...

The Orange Snake — by Tom Kluger. I was listening to a series of tapes of classes our foundress Catherine Doherty had given to the applicants back in 1957 on the history of Madonna House. One day not long ago, my brain was skidding...

Productionitis — by Catherine Doherty. The pressures of work can push us into a production mentality. Unfortunately, into this picture comes another element—one I call "productionitis" or "workaholism."...

To Whom Shall They Go? — by Pope John Paul II. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (Jn 6:68). Jesus, the intimate friend of every … person, has the words of life. The world …[today] needs to be touched...

Run to Your Father — by Catherine Doherty. I get irritated and miserable when I don’t run to my Father, when I don’t remember that I am little, when I don’t say, "Abba, Daddy."...

Combermere Diary (September 2010) — by Paulette Curran.  By the time you see this column, summer will be ending, but as I write it, it is at its peak. So far it’s been a hot one, but obviously this is not the case just in...

Milestones (September 2010) — New Assignment: David Guzman, Edmonton; Sofia Segal, Patrick Stewart, Combermere; Michael Weitl, seminary at the North American College in Rome. Death of Associate Priest: Fr. Tom Moody, (brother of staff worker, Marian Moody)....

Grace at 30,000 Feet — by Fr. Pat McNulty. Oh Lord, please! Not next to me. Please! The Delta flight that day was a short one—from Cincinnati, Ohio to Buffalo, New York. I had missed my scheduled flight and had to pay $50 extra for...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2010) — This summer has been a grace-filled time, and we are truly grateful. Among our many blessings was a joyful picnic celebration for the 50th anniversary of the blessing of the statue of Our Lady of Combermere....

 

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