Restoration

Restoration

March 2011

It’s All About People — by Fr. Pat McNulty. It never ceases to amaze me when my sense of faith is profoundly adjusted through a simple life-event in which the Spirit does not let me see the connection until later on when I’m reading from...

A Vet Reflects on Sheep — by Loretta Fritz, working guest at MH. For several years, I worked as a veterinarian in a rural mixed practice on the prairies of Saskatchewan. My boss and I were the only veterinarians for about 100 km around. Thus we...

Why I Go to Poustinia — by Neil Patterson. The year was 1999, my last year in high school. There I was, all decked out in my best goth outfit, listening to heavy metal on my discman. I had never seen the inside of a Catholic...

Ash Wednesday — by Catherine Doherty. Ashes …    Man …       Dust … Humility …    The kneeling … ……The keening … Heart becomes clean …    Ashes on forehead …       Surrender …          Joy … God is near!...

Does Lent Make You Edgy? — by Fr. David May. The beginning of Lent is like the beginning of a new year: it often starts off with the best of intentions. We go to Mass, get our ashes, plan our fasts, firm up the old prayer...

A Poustinik Visits MH — by June Valladares. In 1981, the author, a highly successful copywriter in Mumbai, India, quit her job in response to the Lord’s call. In 1985, she chanced upon Catherine Doherty’s spiritual classic, Poustinia—and it changed her life....

Technology and Man (Part 4) — by Fr. Denis Lemieux. I’ve been reflecting these past months in Restoration on the effect technology is having on our humanity: the ways of being human in the world that are built into us by God’s creative design, and how...

Our First Month in Quebec — by Jeanne Guillemette. Madonna House opened a house in the province of Quebec this past November. Our foundress, Catherine Doherty, dreamt of doing this for many years, and now 25 years after her death, it has happened....

Lent: A Call to Change — by Pope Benedict XVI. "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel." [This formula which accompanies the distributing of ashes], this call to conversion, is a word to be understood in its extraordinary gravity, grasping the surprising newness...

Words, Words, Words — by Michael O’Brien. If I had to choose an image to sum up our times, I would not choose from among the usual ones, such as The Technological Society, The Age of Anxiety, The Computer Generation. I would call it...

Combermere Diary (March 2011) — by Paulette Curran. As I write this column, we are deep in winter. The Christmas festivities are over, and we are in a relatively quiet time of year. Yes, Christmas. It seems a little strange to be writing about Christmas...

Milestones (March 2011) — Assignments: Peter Bullen & Zoyla Grace, Edmonton; Kate O’Donnell, Combermere. New Local Director: Maureen Denis, Yukon. Associate Priests: Fr. Tim McCauley, final promises. Staff Deaths: Joan Bryant. Marg Stobie. Other Deaths: Irene Sullivan’s mother, Florence....

We Need Silence — by Catherine Doherty. It seems to me, as I sit by my window at eventide, that what we need is a true encounter with our Brother, Jesus Christ. We need to open ourselves completely to the work of the Holy...

A Russian Poustinia Group — by Catherine Lesage. Last winter, we started having meetings about poustinia. People had been pushing us to do something in connection with poustinia, but we didn’t have a place for them to make one. So I decided to gather together...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2011) — These quiet weeks of winter between Christmas time and Lent serve us well. Immersed in our ordinary duties, we experience the depth of our Nazareth life and let it carry us ever deeper into God’s life. As we go about...

 

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