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 April 18, 2014 in Things New and Old:
In the Twinkling of an Eye

by Fr. David May.

How simple it all is! Jesus enters a village or town or country place. People come running from all directions carrying, urging on, and otherwise bringing him their sick.

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Posted April 16, 2014:
Love, St. John, and I

by Renée Sylvain.

Last month, I reflected on St Peter and on how looking at the fear and faith in his life helped me to deal with my own fear. This time I want to look at St. John.

Let’s take a few moments to stand at the cross with John. John was the one disciple who didn’t run away from the passion of Jesus Christ; he went to the foot of the cross and stood there right to the bitter end.

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Posted April 14, 2014:
The Value of Suffering

by Jenna Murphy, former MH working guest.

My father has been fighting cancer for six years, and after four plus rounds of chemotherapy and a few experimental drugs, his body is tired of the fight.

Since the beginning of Lent, I’ve had the opportunity to live the way of the Cross in the supernatural realm that surrounds a soul in transition.

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Posted April 11, 2014:
I Had It All

by Loretta Fritz.

By June 2008, I had it all—everything the world said I should have, and I had even more on the spiritual level.

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Posted April 09, 2014:
The Secret of the Saints

by Jean Fox, former MH director general of women.

There can be no joy without pain. The two are companions of one another. Pain and joy, pain and love, pain and life, always go hand in hand.

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Posted April 04, 2014 in The Pope's Corner:
Invitation to Joy

by Pope Francis.

The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasure, and a blunted conscience.

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Posted April 02, 2014 in My Dear Family:
How Death Became Life

by Catherine Doherty.

Death was born on a flaming day—at least that was the way she remembered it. For when she came forth, full-grown, into the world it was alight with the colors of fire.

The light seemed to come from a flaming sword which an immense angel held aloft, guarding a gate (cf. Gen 3:23–24) that led Death knew not where.

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

In March, we begin Lent. We enter into the sea of God’s mercy to be washed clean and forgiven. In this way, we prepare our hearts to receive the risen Christ when he comes at Easter.

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Posted March 26, 2014:
Old Bones, New Eyes

by a staff worker of MH.

It is a wonderful thing when God gives us eyes that see, whenever he introduces us to a little more reality and truth. Our hearts expand, our vision grows wider and maybe even a little deeper. Truth becomes joy.

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Posted March 24, 2014:
Seek and You Will Find

by Loretta Fritz.

I am a cradle Catholic: baptized, first communion, confirmation. My family went to church each Sunday. Faith was important.

I had an experience of God at my confirmation when I was twelve, but by age eighteen, during Grade 12, I stopped saying the Creed. Much of it I didn’t believe, and I wasn’t going to lie to God by saying it—especially in church!

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Posted March 21, 2014:
Are You Afraid?

by Catherine Doherty.

Are you afraid? Are you anxious? Are you alone? Is loneliness your companion?

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Posted March 20, 2014 in The Pope's Corner:
God’s Joy is to Forgive

by Pope Francis.

God is joyful. And what is God’s joy? God’s joy is to forgive.

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