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April 2015

Combermere Diary (April 2015) — by Paulette Curran. February has been a quieter month than any for a while. No major feasts or events, and the flu epidemic has been over for a while. But it’s been cold. Very cold. Temperatures hovering around -30 degrees...

Milestones (April 2015) — Assignments: Miriam Story, Arizona; Eliana Ribeiro das Chagas, Combermere....

Trust — by Catherine Doherty. Trust is a beautiful but very delicate virtue. It is a gentle offshoot of faith. Trust begins when reason as we understand it—that is, the intellect—folds its "wings" and allows "the wings of faith" to open...

Bringing Easter to the Culture of Death — by Fr. David May. As I write this morning, on a snowy Ash Wednesday in mid-February, we are already starting to look forward to the Easter feast. I know, I know. Ash Wednesday by most counts is a bit early...

The Resurrection in Your Life Now — by Fr. Pat McNulty. Who are these guys, Reverend? I can’t even pro-nounce their names. I mean who would want a name like Silly-beaks? It’s Schillebeeckx, and it’s pronounced, Skil-a-becks. He was a Belgian Dominican priest who became part of...

Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead — by Pope Francis. This week is the week of joy, the week in which we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. It is a true and deep joy founded on the certainty that the Risen Christ will never die again. Rather,...

Hope — by Catherine Doherty. Hope is a word little understood, although we use it often*. Yet, as our life unfolds, hope becomes elusive. We are almost afraid to believe in it, to hold it close, to use it as a...

He Loved the Poor — by Jeanne Guillemette. When a man dies, his life is revealed. Call no one blessed before his death. For by how he ends, a man is known (Sirach 11: 27b-28). Several days after the death of Archbishop Pierre-André Fournier, I...

He Loved Madonna House — by Fr. David May. Most of the time, we don’t know the role of Madonna House in a person’s life. Take Archbishop Fournier, for example....

Yes to Life — by Jean Fox. As little, poor, humble, and simple as we are, we can join hands with the Holy Father and with the whole universal Church and give a resounding yes to life and to God so that we...

We Have 86 Doors — by Giulia Velocci. I arrived at MH Belgium, my first assignment as a Madonna House staff worker, on November 28, 2014 just after midnight. Since it was so late at night, or actually so early in the morning, the...

Reflections of a Beekeeper — by Heather King. Earlier this year, I visited Madonna House, the lay community in Combermere, Ontario, founded by the late Russian emigré and mystic, Catherine Doherty....

Birdsong, Lambs, and Dafodils — by Cheryl Ann Smith. As I approach my fifth spring in England, I can barely contain my joy. In my native Canada, when spring finally comes, it seems over-zealous in throwing off the cloak of snow and shackles of...

I Was Angry With God — by Tom White. In 2007, I was feeling stale and spoke about it to my director general. Consequently, I was assigned to our house in Robin Hoods Bay, England. My time there was very upsetting and difficult, for it...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (April 2015) — At Madonna House Combermere, spring doesn’t really come until April, and this year, the Easter Season is also beginning in early April. Two blessings together. As a verse of one of our Easter hymns proclaims, "Every good gift of the...

 

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