Restoration

Restoration

January 2013

She Sought the Presence of God — by Martha Shepherd. If you go into the poustinia as a way of life, you are either driven by Love or lured by Love. Arlene Becker (whom we call, "AJ"), with whom I have been living at MH Ottawa...

Feast for Restless Souls — by Pope Benedict XVI.The journey of the wise men from the East was just the beginning of a great procession that continues throughout history. With the Magi, humanity’s pilgrimage to Jesus Christ began—to the God who was born in a...

Ottawa Beginnings — by Catherine Doherty. In August 1973, Catherine wrote the following article to introduce the readers of Restoration to the Ottawa house. It was a new kind of venture—the first of our houses that did not perform a concrete work...

Poustinia in the Marketplace — by Martha Shepherd. MH Ottawa, where I live and serve, is a poustinia in the marketplace. What does that mean? I’ll try to explain....

Following the Lamb — by Cheryl Ann Smith. My friend Martha Shepherd is dying. We’ve talked on the phone every week for the last few years, but the next call will probably be the one to tell me she has died. I live...

Poustinia House — by Martha Shepherd. One of the things that MH Ottawa offers people is a chance to make a poustinia, to have 24 hours of silence and solitude. But before I tell you about that, let me tell you about the...

Memories — by Jo-Anne Paquette. In the last five months of Martha Shepherd’s life, I was assigned to MH Ottawa to help take care of her. Here are a few moments, a few memories, from our life together at that time....

It’s Time to Start! (Fasting - Part 1) — by Fr. Denis Lemieux. "Well, it’s time to start thinking about Lent!" Every year on about January 7, the day after Epiphany, with Christmas decorations just barely coming down and being stored away for the year, Catherine Doherty would declare...

Combermere Diary (January 2013) — by Paulette Curran. November, the general time-frame of this column, has been a relatively quiet time for us—the time between the harvest and Advent. The weather has generally been mild for this time of year, and so far our...

Milestones (January 2013) — Directors General: Susanne Stubbs re-elected as director general of women....

My Heart Is A Dancer — by Cathy Mitchell. Martha Shepherd and I were classmates in MH, and when we were applicants, she was a puzzle to me. She was different from anyone I’d ever met—a professional story teller and a dancer. Martha would walk on...

Fit or Fat — by Martha Shepherd. AJ recently read a book entitled, Fit or Fat, and decided that this was it! By exercising only twelve minutes a day aerobically, we could become fit, not fat. Spurred on by her love of health, she...

Hunger — by Catherine Doherty. The world is hungry for God. Some people know it and some don’t. But the majority are in search of answers to that hunger....

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2013) — Walking in the soft silence of our snow-covered woods, one can ponder the beauty of nature and, at the same time, carry in prayer the pain of the world. The thing that gives us hope is well-expressed in the Byzantine...

 

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