Restoration

Restoration

February 2013

Lent: A Path to New Life — by Catherine Doherty. Our road is rough at times. We pray, "Lord, show me your path." Then when he does this, we draw back. We draw back into ourselves, not necessarily walking his paths. We stand still because we...

The Power of the Words — by Fr. Pat McNulty. It’s one of my favorites! Well, I git a little nervous when I hear the devil quotin’ the Bible like that, even if it is with Jesus way out in the desert. Yeah, but notice...

Why Fast? (Fasting - Part 2) — by Fr. Denis Lemieux. Remember man, that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Last month we talked about getting ready for Lent. Now it is almost upon us, and soon this traditional formula of the Ash...

How Do You Receive a Gift? — by Martha Shepherd. When you live on donations, the most unexpected things can happen. On Holy Thursday, 1991, AJ (Arlene Becker), the director of our house, and I were praying Lauds (morning prayer), when the phone rang. When AJ...

The Bloom-in’ Desert — by Kate O’Donnell. "The Lenten spring has come." So proclaims one of the songs we sing at Madonna House in early Lent. Thus is proclaimed a time of prayer and fasting, a time of shaking up the status quo...

A Graced Youth Festival — by Dina Lingard. The weekend of Oct. 26 – 29 was the occasion of the third annual Soul Quest, a festival for the youth in our diocese of Namur. Four years ago, the community of St. Jean, one of...

Because Sin Exists… — by Pope John Paul II. It is precisely because sin exists in the world, which God so loved … that he gave his only Son (Jn 3:16), that God who is love (1 Jn 4:8) cannot reveal himself other...

God Creates Out of Nothing — by Fr. David May. In November I wrote some reflections about "radiating the word of truth," and gave the example of a member of our community who recently died, Helen Schreiner, who did that in a particularly vivid way....

Notes From Near and Far: Winslow, Arizona — by Christina Milan. This is the sixteenth year we have been using the "Catechesis of the Good Shepherd" (modeled after the Montessori Method), with the parish children, and this year the very first "next generation" child has arrived!...

Notes from Near and Far: Raleigh, North Carolina — by Theresa Davis. We seldom send news for this newspaper. I think one has to be a creative writer to say in a new way that our main goal is to be and that, as Catherine Doherty used to...

Notes from Near and Far: Roanoke, Virginia — by Marie-Therese McLaughlin. I have been in Roanoke for ten months, and for me, the words that describe our house are "total immersion"—a plunging deeply into the lives of so many people....

It Changed My Life Forever — by Pat Probst. How well I remember my first encounter with poustinia, thirty-five years ago. It was a gray Sunday morning after Mass in Portland, Oregon. I had missed my bus home, and it would be an hour before...

Combermere Diary (February 2013) — by Paulette Curran. I am writing news of the past month towards the end of Advent, when most of the news is about our Advent celebrations. So, in the midst of articles about fasting and the Lenten effort, why...

Milestones (February 2013) — Transfers: Michael Amaral, Bill Ryan, Lisa Coxe, Jo-Anne Paquette, Combermere; Charlie Cavanaugh, Regina. Death of Associate Priest: Fr. Sean Ryle (Ireland)....

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2013) — Dear Friends, before we get too far into 2013, we would like to thank you for your kindnesses to us in 2012. As we look back over the year, we can see the effects of your generosity. With your...

 

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