Written by Madonna House staff, Restoration is an essential part of our witness to the Gospel. Here we share our personal stories and reflections on the Gospel challenges of today, along with writings from Catherine Doherty and the Catholic Church.

Posted August 28, 2014 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (July-August 2014)

In summer, Combermere is alive with birds and animals. Many of them arrive then: like the frogs which hibernate in the mud in winter, come out when the weather gets warm, and cheep all night in the swamp near the main house. In summer, Madonna House is also alive with human visitors.

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Posted August 26, 2014:
God in the Gift Shop

by Mary Frances Henderson, a working guest.

Last winter, I had the pleasure of working in the Madonna House Gift Shop. It spoke to my heart that Catherine Doherty called us "shopkeepers for God."

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Posted August 21, 2014:
Nothing Short of a Miracle

Where specifically did the money from the sale of a particular donation go? It’s rare that we know. One time, however, we did.

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Posted August 20, 2014 in Milestones:
Milestones (July-August 2014)

New Local Director: Emmanuella Kim.

Deaths: Associate Bishop Boniface Dalieh (Liberia, West Africa), Asssociate Deacon Tom Seith.

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Posted August 19, 2014 in Combermere Diary:
Combermere Diary (July-August 2014)

by Paulette Curran.

Finally, after our long, cold winter and cool spring, it is suddenly early summer, and we are luxuriating in warmth and greenness. Ahhhhh!

This month, instead of trying to mention all the news, I am going to center on a few events.

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Posted August 14, 2014 in Word Made Flesh:
Thoughts After My Heart Surgery

by Fr. Pat McNulty.

This time, it’s true. Fr. Pat, who is well on the road to recovery, is back to writing his column! This one is a reflection on the line, "It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs" (Mt 15:26) from the Gospel for August 17th, the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Welcome back, Fr. Pat!

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Posted August 12, 2014:
Love Received

Here are just a few excerpts from the many, many thank you letters we receive from the missionaries we have helped. The letters are to you, too—you who send the donations that we sell.

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Posted August 07, 2014:
Born to Serve: The Story of a Bowl

by Jude Fischer, former head of the gift shop.

Once upon a time a bowl was born. It wasn’t much of a birth. There were no long months of planning for his coming, no excited anticipation of what he would be like, no patient shaping under loving hands. Nothing.

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Posted August 05, 2014 in The Pope's Corner:
The Gift the Poor Give

by Pope Francis.

On May 21, 2013, the pope paid a visit and gave a talk at Dono di Maria, the Vatican’s soup kitchen and shelter which is run by the Missionaries of Charity. It was primarily addressed to the guests at the home.

I (the editor) was struck by how deeply one, is the love of the poor of Pope Francis, of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and of Catherine Doherty.

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