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December 2014

The Source of All Renewal — by Fr. David May. Late evenings in December have a special beauty here at Madonna House in what we call "the Main House." For most of Advent, the décor is kind of spare and simple. Unlike many folks today, we...

Combermere Diary (December 2014) — by Paulette Curran. October is a lovely month in Combermere. With the trees blazing red, orange, and yellow, it is arguably the most beautiful one. For the most part, the weather is good, too—not too hot and not too...

A Candle in Our Hearts — by Catherine Doherty. Advent is the time of expectation. True, Christ has already come upon earth. He has been crucified, and has risen. He is with us now, in his Church. And yet, somehow, as the season for commemorating...

Tear Open My Heart and Come Through! — by Fr. Bob Wild. All during Advent we’re going to sing "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!" Desiring Christ’s coming, begging him to come, sharing in his own longing to come to us: this is what Advent is all about. But...

St. Joseph’s Advent — by Pope Francis. In Matthew 1:1-18, the evangelist tells us about the events preceding the birth of Christ from Joseph’s point of view. The following is a reflection on Joseph and how he responded to what he could only have...

Bah! Humbug! — by Fr. Pat McNulty. "Bah! Humbug!" Where does that "humbug" thing come from, Reverend? You mean you really don’t know where "Bah! Humbug!" comes from? You’ve never read the famous book, Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or seen it on...

Christmas in Our Houses: St. Joseph’s House 2013 — by Alma Coffman. In December, it got down to as low as -30 C (-22 F), and we had an accumulation of almost three feet of snow. Carol Ann Gieske and Martha Reilander tried to make a skating rink on...

Christmas in Our Houses: MH Arizona 2013 — by Kathy McVady. As I was dropping off one of the many plates of Christmas cookies we deliver to friends, benefactors, and the sick and elderly, someone asked me, "Did you hear about the miracle at our Walmart?" I...

Christmas in Our Houses: MH Russia 2013 — by Karen Maskiew. In our houses, like in yours, Christmas doesn’t always turn out as planned. On Christmas Eve, Catherine Lesage (called "Katia" in Russia) woke up sick with a bad cold, so we were wondering if we should cancel...

A Sad and Glad Christmas — by Catherine Doherty. Our foundress wrote this Christmas letter to her Madonna House family in 1976. It was prophetic: her words are even truer now than they were then. I want you, with a desire that is almost too hard...

How Poverty Became Rich — by Catherine Doherty. From the dawn of time, ever since man could remember, Poverty lived on earth. Always he was sorely afraid of her. He hated her, and would, if possible, have nothing to do with her....

The Burning Babe — by St. Robert Southwell (1561–1595). This poem was written during the English Reformation while the saint was imprisoned. During that time, he was frequently interrogated under torture and was facing execution....

Raising Our Children Catholic — by Ella Connor. How do you raise your children Catholic? In the simpler world of the 1950s and early ‘60s, before Vatican II, before there were many books on the subject, and before the controversies about catechetics, a mother...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2014) — In December we sing the Advent songs we know so well in order to prepare our hearts for the feast of Christmas. You too will be singing, and across the miles, we are connected. We thank you for all your...

 

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