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 October 21, 2014:
My Priestly Vocation as a Lay Person (Part 2)

by Mark Schlingerman.

A relationship with Jesus Christ must be the heart of any vocation, and in my Madonna House vocation, one of the main things that has been forming this in me is the liturgy of the Catholic Church.

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Posted October 20, 2014 in MH Roanoke VA:
Notes From Near and Far: MH Roanoke

by Patricia Lawton.

I began writing these notes to the sound of a power washer on the front porch and the voices of teenagers sanding and scraping the floor on our porch. It was the annual visit of the Catholic Heart Work Campers.

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Posted October 17, 2014 in MH Raleigh NC:
Notes From Near and Far: MH Raleigh

by Theresa Davis.

One interesting thing that happened in our house recently was the visit of two Orthodox nuns from Minsk, Belarus.

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Posted October 15, 2014 in MH Regina SK:
Notes From Near and Far: Marian Centre Regina

by Doreen Rousseau.

Last summer, Hugo Isaza, with the help of some of our volunteers, brought beauty into our neighborhood. The flowers he planted all around our house were a joy to all who passed by.

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Posted October 13, 2014 in Word Made Flesh:

by Fr. Pat McNulty.

Here’s a reflection on Matthew 22:1-14, the gospel for October 12th. What did you wear to Mass last Sunday?

If you found the following advertisement in the Sunday edition of your newspaper, what would you suppose they were trying to sell? "Where the breeze is always fresh, the beaches splendid, and the mood is calm and inspired. Prepare for a never-ending weekend."

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Posted October 10, 2014 in My Dear Family:
The Silence Within

by Catherine Doherty.

Deserts, silence, and solitudes are not necessarily places but states of mind and heart. These deserts can be found in the midst of the city, and in every day of our lives. We need only to look for them and realize our tremendous need for them.

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Posted October 09, 2014:

by Scott Eagan.

God puts it there,
desire deep down,
a seed burning white hot,
the one true thing, slumbering
in our middle class lives.

Then one day, parting the crust,
heart pierced, desire’s
roots reaching bedrock, our life
broken open and offered revelation …
we step over the dreaded threshold.

And fear disappears
like mists rising sunward
unveiling the great blue heron,
like the virgin’s liminal yes
to God’s one deep and true desire.

Posted October 07, 2014 in The Pope's Corner:
The Rosary: My Favorite Prayer

by Pope John Paul II.

I wish to draw your attention to the rosary, for October is the month of the rosary.

The rosary is my favorite prayer. A marvelous prayer! Marvelous in its simplicity and in its depth. In this prayer, we repeat many times the words that the Virgin Mary heard from the archangel and from her kinswoman Elizabeth. The whole Church joins in these words.

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Posted October 06, 2014:
The Truth That Sings (Part 3)

by Tom White.

Where do we find God? Where can even the unbeliever find God? Through what are called "the transcendentals": beauty, truth and goodness. These can be found everywhere, and they point to God, for he is Beauty, Truth, and Goodness (or Love).

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Posted October 03, 2014 in MH Combermere ON:
Our Topsy-Turvy Summer

by Sandra Novecosky.

We have been plunged into the adventure of a major renovation of our home, and adventure it has been! We had to move out everything but the bare essentials, and we continue to do our usual work, operating out of the basement.

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Posted October 01, 2014 in Things New and Old:
How Much Silence is There in Your Life?

by Fr. David May.

October. Month of the holy rosary. Month of turning to Our Lady in a renewed act of prayer for the world and for oneself. Month of standing before Our Lady of Silence seeking that rebirth that only silence can give.

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Posted September 29, 2014 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2014)

Autumn is the season when our farmers and gardeners (with some help from the rest of us) gather in the fruits of months of care and hard work. This harvest will provide much of our food throughout the year.

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Posted September 26, 2014:
What is a Priest?

by Catherine Doherty.

A priest is a lover of God,
a priest is a lover of men,
a priest is a holy man
because he walks before the face of the All-Holy.
A priest understands all things,
a priest forgives all things,
a priest encompasses all things.
The heart of a priest is pierced, like Christ’s,
with the lance of love.
The heart of a priest is open, like Christ’s,
for the whole world to walk through.
The heart of a priest is a vessel of compassion,
the heart of a priest is a chalice of love,
the heart of a priest is the trysting place
of human and divine love.
A priest is a man whose goal is to be another Christ;
a priest is a man who lives to serve.
A priest is a man who has crucified himself
so that he too may be lifted up
and draw all things to Christ.
A priest is a man in love with God.
A priest is the gift of God to man
and of man to God.
A priest is the symbol of the Word made flesh,
a priest is the naked sword of God’s justice,
a priest is the hand of God’s mercy,
a priest is the reflection of God’s love.
Nothing can be greater in this world than a priest,
nothing but God himself.

Posted September 24, 2014:
A Drunk Priest

by Catherine Doherty.

I remember one time a priest arrived here at Madonna House, and he was very drunk.

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Posted September 22, 2014 in The Pope's Corner:
A Prayer for Priests

by Pope Francis.

I ask the Lord Jesus to enable many young people to discover that burning zeal which joy kindles in our hearts as soon as we have the stroke of boldness needed to respond willingly to his call.

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