Restoration

Restoration

November 2015

Are You Ever Lonely? — by Catherine Doherty. We all suffer from loneliness, one way or another....

A Gift I Almost Missed — by Kathy Snider. At the end of a recent Sunday service, a catechist announced from the podium, "This coming Saturday, the prayer group will be praying in the desert. All are welcome."...

Can a Traitor Become a Friend? — by Pope Francis. On a day like any other, as Matthew, the tax collector, was seated at his table, Jesus passed by, saw him, came up to him and said: "Follow me." Matthew got up and followed him. Jesus...

He Was a Pastor — by Mary Catherine Rowland, Fr. Tom’s sister and fellow staff worker. When I am asked about my brother’s priesthood what comes immediately to mind is something that happened when our father was dying and Fr. Tom was a parish priest...

The Amateur Who Longed for Perfection — by Fr. David May. I didn’t know Fr. Tom for the first sixty years of his life. I met him in 1986 when he was sixty years old, when I was sent to pick him up at Logan Airport in...

A Pastor’s Story — by Fr. Tom Rowland. In 1964, I was the contented pastor of a small country parish in West Texas. One day during the early months of that year I read in an article in our diocesan newspaper that a...

Life is Greater — by Scott Eagan. The hardest thing, the thing I didn’t count on in joining this big, apostolic family: so many I love would die before me. With every death a part of me dies also. The memories, the loss...

Keeping Our Priests — by Christopher Zakrzewski. Many years ago, at the end of an unusually cold winter, we were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden departure from the priesthood of the pastor of the neighboring parish....

Is Anything Here Real? — by Toni Austin. One day this past summer, a little girl of 4 ½ with curly brown hair and hazel eyes walked into our pioneer museum. She looked all around at the artifacts of bygone days, soaking up everything. Then...

Combermere Diary (November 2015) — by Paulette Curran. Early autumn is a beautiful time of year in this area, and the past few days have been unseasonably warm—more like August than mid-September. Also sunny. Ahhhhhhh! Weather doesn’t get better than this....

Milestones (November 2015) — New Applicants: Augustine Tardiff, Mathieu Dacquay, Julie Lynch, Michele Schaeken, Joanne Slugocki. New Local Directors: Marie-Therese McLaughlin, Roanoke; Cathy Mitchell, Toronto. Transfers: Fr. Paul Burchat, Edmonton; Fr. Tom Talentino, Arizona; Aliz Trombitas, Russia; Petra Muller, Roanoke; Sara Matthews, England;...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2015) — Cold November days remind us of our need to persevere during the long winter ahead. May we do so joyfully as in a prayer Catherine wrote, "Lord, I throw my life at your feet, and sing and sing that I...

 

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