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December 2015

Celebration: The Choice to Live in Light — by Catherine Doherty. True celebration, whether of Advent, Christmas, a birthday, or even the beauty of a flower, opens our hearts to God and is a prayer of praise to him. It is also a vehicle of evangelization. No...

Clothing a Village — by Bill Schroeder. A letter to the staff of St. Joseph’s House and Madonna House: There is an African saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." Here’s how I re-worked that saying: "If it takes a village to...

Two Tickets — by Mary Nadeau. Wednesday, Sept. 16 "We won!" my husband Gil shouted. "We won two tickets to the papal Mass in Madison Square Garden!"...

Holding Her Mother’s Hand — by Cheryl Ann Smith. It began with a poster welcoming me home from the local directors meetings in Combermere....

A New Cana Colony — by Deacon Ed Blaine, associate of Madonna House. Did you know that there is a Cana Colony much like the Cana Colony in Combermere in northern New York State? With the blessing and encouragement of Madonna House, my wife and...

And the Father Will Dance — by Fr. Denis Lemieux. After many years of faithfully writing this column, Fr. Pat McNulty is no longer able to do so. So Fr. Denis has generously agreed to take it on. Though Fr. Pat’s unique style is obviously irreplaceable,...

Our Salvation is at Stake — by Fr. David May. At first it sounded menacing: Pope Francis had published a "Bull of Indiction." It seemed so unlike him to "indict" anyone, except for criminal organizations or those oppressing the poor. And a papal bull, I...

Notes from Near and Far: MH Arizona — by Miriam Story. Greetings from Winslow! This is my first mission house, and I’ve been here nearly six months. Considering all that has happened since I came, it seems more like a year....

Combermere Diary (December 2015) — by Paulette Curran. Some of our news this month didn’t happen in Combermere; it happened in connection with the pope’s visit to America and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia....

Milestones (December 2015) — Associate Priests: Fr. Anthony Akpanessian, First Promises; Fr. Pierre Champoux, Final Promises. Transfers: Giulia Velocci, Belgium....

Date Night — by Paulette Curran. One exciting fruit of the World Meeting of Families occurred close to home—in Ottawa, and two of our staff, Linda Lambeth and Carol Ann Gieske, were privileged to be part of it—through having a book table....

The Heaviness of Feast Days — by a staff worker. For some reason, I have been thinking a great deal lately about the sense of disappointment or heaviness that often seems to cloud feast days, days that should be full of light and joy. Do you...

Born in Poverty — by Catherine Doherty. Once again we are plunged into the incredible mystery of the birth of Christ!...

The Humility of God — by Pope Francis. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who dwelt in a land of darkness, a light has shone (Is 9:1) An angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds and the...

The Crib and the Cross — by St. Thomas Becket. On December 29, 1170, St. Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, suffered martyrdom for refusing to go along with the efforts of King Henry II to seize control of the Church in England. The following is the...

Ask — A childhood memory of Fr. Bob Wild, as told to Scott Eagan....

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2015) — During Advent, as days grow shorter, we, like all Christians, await the coming of Christ at Christmas....

 

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