Restoration

Restoration

October 2012

Now That I Am Old — by Catherine Doherty. I feel closed in. I have reached the age where people hem me in on all sides. I am not free anymore. In many ways I cannot dispose of myself. Everything in me seems to be...

Staring at a Mirror — by Fr. Pat McNulty. I don’t understand why you’d do somethin’ like that right out before God an’ everybody. Well, there was a trend in the ‘60’s to learn how to be at home "in your own skin," your...

The Vocation of the Elderly — by Pope John Paul II. To turn our attention to the aging is to realize how much they are a part of God’s plan for the world, with their mission to fulfill, their unique contribution to make, their problems...

Ways of Loving and Serving — by Linda Owen. Linda is the current director of Our Lady of the Visitation, the care facility for our elderly members. I want to talk about how I have begun to learn to love and serve....

Journey into Faith — by Fr. David May. How is it that the human heart believes in God? How is it that what St. Paul writes in Romans 10:10 can really come about? Man believes with his heart and so is justified, and...

Faith’s Beginning — by Fr. David May. It was (and is) like this: That tortuous, tortured place, Fleeing, like a tremulous little bird, Flitting between hiding places, Creature of shadows Never in full light, Yet giving away its presence In fluttering wings...

Notes From Near and Far: Russia — by Karen Maskiew. In mid-April, the director of the house, Katia Lesage, left Russia to attend the directors meetings in Combermere and to visit her mother who has cancer. This left me alone for a few weeks, and then...

Journeying with the Elderly — An Interview with Mary Lynn Murray by the editor. From 1992, when Mary Lynn began nursing Fr. Gene Cullinane, until 2006, Mary Lynn took care of the elderly members of our community. She was the first director of Our...

The Voice of a Shepherd — by Fr. Bob Wild and Mary Ruth. Before she died in 2009 at age 88, staff worker Mary Ruth put together for the staff of MH some of the advice her spiritual director, Fr. Wild, had given her. Here...

Get a Free Subscription or Renewal to Restoration — Beginning in October 2012, Madonna House will be able to accept Visa and Master Card donations. Details will appear in our fall begging letter. We have also been talking and praying about giving free subscriptions to our benefactors for...

My Journey Continues — An Interview of Marité Langlois by the editor. Marité, who joined Madonna House in 1951, is 86 years old. She still works part-time doing office work, the kind of work she had been doing for many years, and she...

Combermere Diary (October 2012) — by Paulette Curran. As I write this column in late August, summer is winding down. The weather is markedly cooler, as it usually is after August 15th, and the harvest and food processing are in full swing. Cana Colony...

Milestones (October 2012) — 50th Anniversary: Tony Austin, Jeannine Biron, Emily Huston 25th Anniversary: Dina Lingard (in Belgium), Kathleen LaBrie (in the Yukon), Anne McQuillan, Rae Stanley, Tom White, Fr. Robert Johnson Director General of Priests: Fr. David May re-elected New Assignments: David...

The Usefulness of Uselessness — by Catherine Doherty. Sometimes, due to sickness or accident or old age, we find ourselves unable to participate in the normal activities of every day. Then we are greatly tempted to say things like: "Oh, I’m not doing anything!...

Is This the World? — by Catherine de Vinck. Words like crumbs fallen from the table brushed aside by impatient hands. Words hard like pebbles under the shoe. Words found in the dust bin with apple cores and bones. Is this the world?...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2012) — The poet, Mary Oliver, begins one of her poems this way: "Always there is something worth saying about glory, about gratitude." About glory we could tell you about the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption. About gratitude, it is always...

 

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