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Restoration

January 2016

The Holy Family Were Refugees — When Catherine wrote this article about refugees in 1981, she didn’t need to "identify" with them. She herself was a refugee. During the Russian Revolution, she and her husband, like hundreds of thousands today, had to leave everything they had...

Gospel of the Marginalized — by Pope Francis. Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean. Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out his hand, touched him, and said: "I do choose. Be made clean!" (Mk 1:40-41). The compassion of Jesus! That compassion which made...

Farewell from Fr. Pat — by Fr. Pat McNulty. Fr. Pat, who is in the final stages of leukemia, has been writing his popular column, "Word Made Flesh," since the July-August 1999 issue of Restoration. In this, his farewell article to you, his much-loved readers—and...

Antoine and I — by Rosie Seeto, a friend of MH Toronto. O God, you are the God of love who is not loved. You are the God of the poor I did not reach out to because of my own selfish heart. Yet...

Encountering the Poor — by Chuck Sharp. I spent the first half of applicancy, my six-months’ time of formation in preparation for joining Madonna House, at Marian Centre Edmonton. That house was desperate for help at the time, so I got sent out to...

Should the Church Change? — by Fr. Denis Lemieux. So, should we give Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics? What about same-sex married couples? Is marriage really indissoluble? Maybe we should just give annulments more easily, or why bother with that formality at all? Doesn’t...

The Poorest Man I Ever Knew — by Shatzi Duffy. Malachy Brian Scott, whom we buried last summer, was the poorest man I have ever known, but he was rich in faith. When Madonna House Ottawa met him forty years ago on Parent Street, we were the...

Meeting Christ in the Poor — by Janet Bourdet. One freezing cold day in winter, a man I had never seen before came into our soup kitchen and ate lunch. He was in a big coat, his beard was frozen, and he looked like he was...

Combermere Diary (January 2016) — by Paulette Curran. November is a relatively uneventful time here—a short lull between the busy times of harvest and Advent. Even the colors are subdued. The brilliant autumn leaves have fallen, and browns, grays, and dark greens fill the...

Milestones (January 2016) — New Director General of Lay Men: Larry Klein. Transfers: Jean Doucet & Trina Stitak, Roanoke; Meaghan Boyd, St. Joseph’s House....

Is This a Way of Praying? — by Cristina Coutinho. Big city with its noise, cars, and people. I like to walk the streets and look around. Is this a way of praying?...

The Alms of Words — by Catherine Doherty. Are we convinced that we are our "brother’s keeper"? Do we understand how far this "keeping" goes? Business associates, friends, fellow workers, strangers who cross our paths now and then, our whole work-a-day world—all are our...

When I Was a Child — by Catherine Doherty. My mother often served the poor as a nurse and midwife. As soon as I was old enough, she involved me in her works of mercy. I would carry medicine and supplies, and we would walk ten...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2016) — On January 1st, when many people make New Year resolutions, the Church celebrates the feast of the Mother of God. She teaches us to make the resolution to live each moment of 2016, in this year of Mercy, for her...

 

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