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December 2013

Waiting for God — by Fr. Bob Pelton. Wait for the Lord whose day is near. Wait for the Lord, keep watch, take heart. These lines, an antiphon from our Advent morning prayer, have been sitting in my heart. This is what Advent...

The Advent Wreath — by Catherine Doherty. The first thing to begin Advent with is the Advent Wreath. It can be made of any kind of greenery found in your part of the world....

A Movie or the Advent Wreath? — by Cynthia Donnelly. This article was adapted from a talk given in Combermere in May 2013. The mandate for this house is to pray for the president of the USA and those who work for the government and to respond...

Mary’s Trust — by Fr. Bob Wild. What was at the very heart of what we call original sin? Some say sensuality: Adam and Eve wanted better food. Or disobedience: God gave them a command and they disobeyed him. Some say the...

The Yugoslavian Grandma (Pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Part 6) — by Martha Shepherd. She was an old Yugoslavian grandma. She came into the church our first night there with another broad, kerchiefed lady. There happened to be a bit of room next to me, so I waved and she came...

How We Celebrate — by Catherine Doherty. Decorations, food, and music: these are the main components of any celebration, and in teaching us how to celebrate, our foundress Catherine wrote about all three....

Beauty in a Soup Kitchen — by Kay O’Shea. Marian Centre has been in Edmonton since 1955. We came at the invitation of Archbishop MacDonald. In his mandate for Marian Centre, he asked us to: relieve the sufferings of the poor and to alleviate the...

Combermere Diary (December 2013) — by Paulette Curran. In his poem "Ode to Autumn," John Keats (1795-1821) speaks of the "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness." Keats lived in England, and so, of course, not all his poem can be applied to the backwoods of...

Milestones (December 2013) — Deaths: Mary Ellen Kocunik’s mother, Jane; Therese Fajardo’s father, Roque....

Christmas Eve in French Canada — by Jocko d’Ursel. Last Christmas, our greatest joy was a Réveillon we organized. This is a traditional French Canadian family get-together on Christmas Eve before or after midnight Mass, but we did it for those who were alone for that...

My First Experience of Faith — by Pope Francis. I had the great blessing of growing up in a family in which faith was lived in a simple, practical way. However, it was my paternal grandmother in particular who influenced my journey of faith. She was...

A Time of Sowing — by Jeanne Guillemette. Rimouski, a small city in the heart of rural Quebec, is the location of our newest Madonna House field house. Jocko d’Ursel and I have been there for three years. Our directors general have given us three...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2013) — In the book, Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie, wrote: "God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December." However, winter also has its own beauty. Each season blesses the Lord. The psalms and canticles we sing for...

 

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