Restoration

Restoration

February 2011

A Long Pilgrimage — by Fr. Pat McNulty. "Hell-o! Madonna House. This is Diane. Can I help you?" I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to how many of you over the years have heard that voice of Diane Kunz when you phoned Madonna House....

The Secret of the Kingdom — by Fr. David May. If you were to ask me what is the most difficult thing to grasp about the spiritual life of the Christian, without any hesitation I would say: the First Beatitude, Blessed are the poor in spirit,...

A Lifetime of Longing — by Diane Kunz. When people become applicants (novices), they do a short, simple, write-up of how they came to Madonna House. Here, with only slight editing, is what Diane wrote. My coming to Madonna House began when I was a...

Guessing Ages and Weights — by Diane Kunz. Over the years, on and off, Diane worked in her family’s carnival. In 1991, two years before she became an applicant at Madonna House, she worked there guessing ages and weights. "Come on in! Try and fool...

The Shepherd’s Flute — by Catherine Doherty. Have you ever heard a shepherd’s flute in Scotland or in Jerusalem? It is so haunting, so enticing, so irresistible that you have to follow the sound and go see where it comes from. The Good Shepherd’s...

Mid-Winter — by Donald De Marco. The aching tree now stands in snow-hushed silence....

You Are Unique — by Jean Fox.Each person has a unique place in the family of man, a place no one else can take. Each of us in the nitty-gritty of our daily lives plays a vital part in fleshing out the revolution of...

A Walk Across Canada — by Paul Jang Han Goo. I don’t like walking, I don’t like camping, and I definitely don’t like giving public speeches. But there is a reason why I walked across Canada last summer. There is a reason why I camped...

A Solo Walk Across Canada — by Adam Rieger. When I walked across Canada alone on pilgrimage last summer, I had many adventures in the Lord. One day, I met a man named Sean, who told me that if I needed a place to sleep, I...

I Am a Pilgrim — by Pope Benedict XVI. The following is excerpted from an interview by Fr. Frederico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office. I could say that going on pilgrimage is part of my biography—Marktl, Tittmoning, Aschau, Traunstein, Munich, Freiburg, Bonn,...

Technology and Man (Part 3) — by Fr. Denis Lemieux. I’ve been writing these past months in Restoration about a Christian approach to technology. What is it doing to us? How are we to use it in a truly human way? I started by pointing out...

A Thanksgiving Prayer — Father, it is our duty and our salvation always and everywhere to give you thanks. (Preface of the Mass) Teach me, Lord, to live this prayer, that I may thank thee every day for everything. I do at times give...

Combermere Diary (February 2011) — by Paulette Curran. In this rich, beautiful time of Advent—yes, I am writing this news column in December—so much could be said. But two events stand out: the 25th anniversary of the death of our foundress, Catherine Doherty, and the...

Suffering That Transforms — by Catherine Doherty. Suffering, as we know, is not only physical; it can be mental or spiritual as well. As you grow in love of God and others, God uses your suffering to work a massive transformation in you. You...

Christ Lives In Us — by Caryll Houselander.It was not into the Garden of Eden that Christ was born, not into a smooth, happy world. And when he is born again, in life after life, in person after person, it is always to live through...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2011) — These deep winter days have a quiet intensity about them. Our hearts are still as we concentrate on the everyday tasks of our Nazareth life, and we give thanks for the tremendous graces of this way of life. It is...

 

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