Restoration

Restoration

December 2012

Family Trees: Christ’s and Ours — by Fr. Pat McNulty. I just finished reading another book and thought its title would be great for my biography. Whatever it is, put it on hold, Reverend. I’ve already got a title for yours. I’ll bet you do,...

The Beginning of Prayer — by Catherine Doherty. We should start realizing what true poverty is. First and foremost, it is a realization of who we are. We are created by God; we are creatures of God who are totally dependent on him....

Notes from Near and Far: Roanoke, Virginia — by Patricia Lawton. In June, we attended the ordination of four seminarians for this diocese of Richmond, Virginia. The cathedral was filled to capacity. One of the ordinands, who had emigrated from Columbia, had been preparing for this event...

An African Journey — by Nancy Topping. Last summer for my holidays, I went to Africa. My sister Jennifer who works for the U.N. in Mozambique had invited me, along with my other sister and her husband, to visit her and her family....

Combermere Diary (December 2012) — by Paulette Curran. As I write this column, we are in the dying days of autumn—a time of browns and grays and dark evergreens, a time when most of the trees are bare and the ground is covered with...

The Reality of Christ’s Poverty — by Catherine Doherty. This is the month of Christ’s birthday. This is the month that the Son of God and the Son of Man was born in a cave. Over the centuries, men and women have sentimentalized his birth....

How Pride Became Humble — by Catherine Doherty. Lady Pride was born proud. She never remembered a time when she had not been filled with an overwhelming admiration for herself. She passed through the ages with the arrogance of people who are sure that...

What St. Francis Discovered — by Pope Benedict XVI. In 1223, when St. Francis of Assisi celebrated Christmas in Greccio with an ox and an ass and a manger full of hay, [thereby creating the first crèche] a new dimension of the mystery of...

Christmas Gifts — by Fr. Robert Yori, associate priest of MH. During this Advent and Christmas season, I’d like to share with you some Christmas memories that have come to mind recently....

A Christmas Meditation — by Scott Eagan. Every year, towards the end of Advent, in the chapel at St. Ben’s, the Madonna House farm, a wooden box appears under the altar. It is filled with golden straw, and it sits on a beaver...

Grandmother’s Gift: A Christmas Story — by Fr. David May. The little boy ran anxiously to the window and looked down the driveway. Still no car! When would they ever arrive? It seemed like they should have been home hours ago … but still no...

Where Love Is, God Is — by Catherine Doherty.  Where was Christ born? In a quiet, dry cave, of which there are so many in the Holy Land, and which probably was close to an inn. That is where God was born....

Gloria in Profundis — by G.K. Chesterton. There has fallen on earth for a token A god too great for the sky. He has burst out of all things and broken The bounds of eternity: Into time and the terminal land He has strayed...

Return to the Arctic — by Joanne Dionne. The smell of the sea, the force of the wind, the dust, the huge expanse of the sky. The Canadian North. The Arctic. The territory of Nunavut. This September, when I returned to the Hudson Bay...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2012) — Dear Friends, it is a joy to be writing to you at this holy time: the early part of the Year of Faith, in which our Holy Father has called the whole Church to participate. In the weeks and...

 

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