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Restoration

February 2015

February — by Scott Eagan, a Madonna House farmer. The month that broke the back of winter....

Do You Love Me? — by Cheryl Ann Smith. When I was younger, I aspired to be like St. John, the disciple Jesus loved. John seemed to be one of those rare, limpid souls who know they are loved, and who intuitively know the one...

How Unfit I Am! — by Catherine Doherty. In this diary entry from December 1934, Catherine Doherty shows that she had the same kind of struggles as the rest of us. She was in her thirties at the time and heading Friendship House Toronto,...

A Dream About Rags — by Carol Campbell, a former working guest. During a recent visit to Madonna House, I was working with a staff worker tearing up worn-out clothing and household linens to make rags. That night I had a dream....

Raising Our Children Catholic (Part 3) — by Ella Connor, friend of MH England & Combermere. In this final section, Ella gives some pointers on keeping the lines of communication open with one’s children and teenagers. Though this English woman wrote this forty years ago, the essence...

Not a Very Nice Idea of Me — by Fr. Bob Wild. When we are at a celebration of the Eucharist and there’s singing (and probably a number of distractions as well), we ordinarily do not experience any fear of approaching God....

Notes From Near and Far: Washington — by Beth Holmes. Ellie Pettersen and I are both new here, and when we arrived, the local director, Cynthia Donnelly, told us that this was a fairly quiet house. Well, you could have fooled us!...

Notes from Near and Far: Roanoke, Virginia — by Zena Hitz. I arrived in Roanoke October 3 and was warmly welcomed at the airport by Patricia Lawton and Marie-Therese McLaughlin. A month or so later, Canada followed me in the form of a great frosty weather system...

Combermere Diary (February 2015) — by Paulette Curran. By the time you get this newspaper, Lent will be on the horizon. But, due to the practicalities of getting out this newspaper, I am writing this column a few days after Christmas about what happened in...

Milestones (February 2015) — Deaths: Peter Gravelle’s father, Bernard....

When Life—or Lent—Goes Off the Scale — by Fr. David May. Lately, life’s been right off the scale. I rarely use a musical term and even more rarely know what it means, but this one has a common meaning that goes beyond music....

Going Beyond Where We Are — by Pope Francis. Rend your hearts and not your garments (Joel 2:13) With these penetrating words of the Prophet Joel, the liturgy of Ash Wednesday leads us into Lent, pointing to conversion of heart as the chief characteristic of this...

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways — by Fr. Pat McNulty. "How do I love Thee? Let me count the ways." Did you know that famous poem?...

God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways — by a staff worker. I find at times that the seed of my soul dies, and necessarily so. I am not saying this in a negative sense. It is so necessary that the seed fall into the soil and...

Repeat Performance — by Lolita Jardeleza, a longtime friend of MH. Lord, we have been through this before. The pruning, the stripping, the reaming, The purifying, the purging, The burning off....

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2015) — February is a quiet month; even its feasts, such as the Ash Wednesday and Presentation, are quiet ones. And winter, which in early February is still very much with us, has its own stillness. After our busy days, that winter...

 

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