Restoration

Restoration

February 2012

Loneliness and Love — by Catherine Doherty. Do we realize how utterly, tragically lonely man is, especially in our Western world? The only way we can begin to assuage this loneliness which cries out for help at the top of its voice in...

Beginnings of Poustinia — by Catherine Doherty. The river flows around me, silently, waiting for something to happen, listening for someone to come. Silence surrounds me on all sides and leads me to meditate....

We Are Engaged in a Battle — by Fr. David May. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with...

Carried on God’s Shoulders — by Cheryl Ann Smith. You’d think that by now I’d truly believe in the Father’s love for me. One night when I was 18 and desperate enough to open up, he poured his love into every fibre of my...

Do You Want God? — by Fr. Bob Wild. I am about to make the most extravagant claim for one of the gospel stories. It is Luke 18: 35-43, the story of the healing of the blind man, the one in which that man...

My First Poustinia — by Paulette Curran. I was all dressed and ready to go. I was wearing my very best dress—not the one I wore on Sundays but the one I saved for very special occasions. "Why are you dressed like that?"...

A Retreat House for Priests — by Fr. Blair Bernard. And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." (Mk 6:31) In the mystery that is Madonna House, visitors from all walks of life pass through our...

Standing in the Wrong Line — by Fr. Pat McNulty. Sometimes gospel stories can trigger memories. Here’s what happened to Fr. Pat one year when he heard Mark 1:40-45, the story of the curing of the leper, the Sunday gospel reading for February 19th. "Huuuhhhh!"...

Combermere Diary (February 2012) — by Paulette Curran. With our normal schedule, it is about two and a half weeks between the time I finish writing "Combermere Diary" and we mail out the paper. Sometimes, because of various circumstances, it is longer than that....

Milestones (February 2012) — Deaths: Fr. Blair Bernard’s mother, Ruby; Larry Klein’s mother, Laura....

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2012) — Before long, we will be plunging into the Season of Mercy. Yes, we who are so small are called to cleanse our hearts and embark on the immense journey of Lent. What an invitation: to walk these forty days with...

Why Pray — by Pope John Paul II. Why must we pray? First of all, because we are believers. For prayer is the recognition of our limitations and dependence. From God we come, to God we belong, to God we shall return. Hence...

Your Prayer is Prayer — by Fr. Bob Sharkey. When I pondered this topic, prayer, the one word that came to me was "confidence." You should have absolute confidence in your prayer....

Do You Desire to Pray? — by Catherine Doherty. Desire is very important, because we usually follow our desires....

 

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