Restoration

Restoration

February 2016

Stay-at-Home Evangelist? — by Fr. David May. Lately, I took to the roads. It meant missing writing this column once or twice, and a pile of work to do upon return. Was it restlessness? No. Was I tired of the woods and the...

Notes From Near and Far: MH Russia — by Aliz Trombitas. Greetings from Siberia, where I was recently assigned. One of the first sentences I learned in Russian is one that means, "I am cold." Then in a few days I had to learn a new one...

I Didn’t Have Time to Pray — by Sandra Wood. To live the Gospel is the goal of our Madonna House vocation, but it’s taken me a lifetime to really know what is involved. I’m seventy-eight years old and hopefully by the end of my life I...

Forgiveness Is a Choice — by Marilyn Marsden-Busset. One bitter winter, my sister lived through a very upsetting, or should I say, earth-shattering experience with her husband. It doesn’t really matter what the story is; we all know of marriages that have been rocked...

Confession: The Kiss of Christ — by Catherine Doherty. When I was a young girl, my mother said, "Catherine, it’s time for you to go to confession and be kissed by Christ." Isn’t that a nice introduction for a child? So I would go to...

The Temptations of Christ — by Pope Francis. Each year, the Gospel of the First Sunday of Lent sets before us the narrative of the temptation of Jesus.......

My Unforgivable Sin — by Peter Gravelle. God’s love is strong, stronger than anything in my life. I started to learn about this about ten years ago, when I was going through a fairly major struggle, which came out in a sinful addiction...

Night Duty — by Fr. Bob Wild. These days at Madonna House, both laymen and priests do night duty. But in my early days, it was the priest-poustiniks (those of us living a certain kind of contemplative vocation) who performed this service,...

What’s Not to Love? — by Cheryl Ann Smith. I love Lent. In fact, it’s my favorite liturgical season. Yes, Christmas is more important, as we celebrate the beauty of Light and Love coming to dwell with us in our darkness—darkness intensified by our...

Combermere Diary (February 2016) — by Maria Victoria Fausto. As I begin to write this column during the first week of 2016, I am looking out the window at a huge snow-covered pine tree and its surrounding wonderland of snow-laden maple and oak trees. You...

Milestones (February 2016) — New Local Director of the Training Centre: Patrick Stewart. Transfer: Joo Eun Lee, Combermere. Deaths: Fr. Patrick McNulty; Trina Stitak’s father, Thomas; Mary Lynn Murray’s mother, Rita; Fr. Jean Prignaud, who played a unique role in introducing Catherine Doherty and...

Surrendering to God — by Catherine Doherty. How do I fast from my will and accept God’s will? For what I live out is often not the will of God, but rather my own will. That is what happens all over the place....

Is Sin Really No Big Deal? — by Fr. Denis Lemieux. So how’s that Year of Mercy going for you? You do remember (of course!) that it is still the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Church. Right?...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2016) — This year Lent begins on February 10th, one of the earliest dates it can. When we sing the seasonal hymn, "The Lenten Spring Has Come," it will still be winter at Madonna House. Even so, along with the increasing daylight...

 

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